Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Welcomes Carol Test

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local-and-live3Carol Test presents to The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers at their Tenth Anniversary Celebration.

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All artists experience times when they yearn to create yet find themselves unable. But from a scientific standpoint, why might accessing creativity be harder for writers? Recent studies in neuroscience suggest the tools and rituals surrounding writing do not, in themselves, evoke the brain state conducive to creativity. So what’s a writer to do?

Join me as I present to the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers at their tenth anniversary celebration September 30th, 2015. We’ll explore the connection between the brain and the page, discuss the “sweet spot” for creative innovation, and offer seven sensory tools to combat writer’s block.

The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers gives members access to events of interest, a format for exchanging ideas, an opportunity to network with other women writers, and an alliance with businesses relating to writing and publishing, along with camaraderie and support.

Details can be found here, and via the official release below. For more information, please visit The Examiner.

SCOTTSDALE SOCIETY OF WOMEN WRITERS welcomes Carol Test, Founder of The Writing Cycle, to our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

WHO:    Scottsdale Society of Women Writers.

WHAT:  Monthly Speaker/Dinner Meeting.

WHEN: September 30th 2015 at 5:30-7:30 pm.

WHERE:    Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N, Scottsdale Rd., NEW ROOM – The Kiva Rooms I and II at the rear of the hotel in the convention center.

HOW:   Please – RSVP to Patricia L. Brooks, president/founder.

WHY:  The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers gives members access to events of interest, a format for exchanging ideas, an opportunity to network with other women writers and authors, an alliance with businesses relating to writing and publishing, and camaraderie and support.

SPEAKER:  Carol Test is an award-winning story writer and former editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Sonora Review. Raised in Phoenix, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and taught fiction workshops at the college level for more than a decade. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She currently empowers authors to get their best work publication-ready via The Writing Cycle. Visit her at

TOPIC:   It Isn’t Called Dancer’s Block: Why accessing creative flow really is harder for writers.

MENU:  A light dinner – salad or sandwich and soup, dessert, beverage and roll with tax and gratuity included – make your choice the night of the meeting.

COST:  Members $28 and Guests $30.

RSVP   Please RSVP by noon Monday – prior to the meeting. If you cannot attend after RSVP, please resend before noon the Tuesday before. Thank you.

CHECKS or cash:  Please make your check payable to (SSWW) Scottsdale Society of Women Writers prior to coming to the meeting to save time at the check-in.

CHECK-IN:  Please check-in between 5:00 and 5:45.  The meeting starts promptly at 6:00. All those attending the meeting must pay to attend the dinner/room/speaker – cost noted above.  Pick up your name badge at the front table and ENJOY a wonderful night!

CANCELLATION:  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please cancel by the Monday prior to the meeting – and by noon.

AGENDA:  The agendas will be on the dinner table – always a lot of good information for you and the schedule of the upcoming speakers.

DIRECTIONS:  Located Scottsdale Rd and Chaparral Rd just north of Old Town at the light at Chaparral. Park in the rear – two large lots. Best to enter from the REAR of the hotel at the convention center – NOT the main lobby. NOTE new location at KIVA rooms I and II is temporary and parking is to the north of the center.

From the 101 freeway exit Chaparral Rd and go west. Just prior to Scottsdale Rd enter the side drive at the 4th Floor Grille – take that elevator. Note awning marked 4th Floor Grille on the Chaparral side.  This is the easiest way – not through the main lobby. Welcome!


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    Trish Dolasinski

    Hi, Carol,
    Thank you for your creative, brain-based insights at the SSWW meeting Wednesday evening. I learned a great deal and look forward to incorporating your suggestions into my daily routine. Intuitively the movement-brain connection has been something that I have personally noticed and it is interesting to know there is theory behind it!
    It was also great to see you again.
    Your enthusiasm, knowledge and energy are greatly appreciated!

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