February: The Art of the Interview

February: The Art of the Interview

January: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer

January: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer

December: Anne Hillerman

Our December event will be a presentation by Anne Hillerman about her new novel, "Spider Woman's Daughter," which picks up where her famous father left off with the Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn mystery series. The event is at Good Samaritan, Las Cruces Village in the auditorium and is open to the public at no charge. She will autograph books after her talks - bring your copy for her to sign (we had hoped to have books available to sell on-site, but have run into a roadblock).

In addition, LCPW members will be invited to a reception with Anne after her talk. If you'd like to be invited, be sure to send in your membership dues now! See the Join LCPW tab for membership details.

December Event

December Event

November Event

November Event

October Flier

October Flier

October 12: Freelance Opportunities Panel

If you’ve ever wondered what it took to freelance your work, be it writing or photography, a panel of local editors will give you tips, strategies, and answer your questions about their experiences working with freelancers in their organizations. The Freelance Opportunities Panel will be on Saturday, October 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village auditorium, located at 3011 Buena Vida Circle.

Come to make connections with your peers and listen to the following panelists: Tracy Roy, Features and Special Sections Editor, and Lorena Sanchez, Pulse/Features Editor, from the Las Cruces Sun-News; Rachel Christiansen, Managing Editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin; Morgan Switzer, Publisher & Managing Editor at Real Estate Guide of Las Cruces; Cheryl Fallstead, Managing Editor of Southwest Senior Publications; Arts Reporter Doug Pullen of the El Paso Times; and via Skype, Candace Walsh, Managing Editor of New Mexico Magazine.

The talk is hosted by the Las Cruces Press Women, a professional organization for women and men working in any field of communications. Meetings are open to anyone interested in the topics being presented and there is no charge to attend. For more information about Las Cruces Press Women, go to www.lcpresswomen.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/lcpresswomen.

Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village’s auditorium is located downstairs in the Activity Center at 3011 Buena Vida Circle, off Telshor.

May's Event: A Day in the Life of a Photojournalist

Las Cruces Sun-News photographer Robin Zielinski will present “A Day in the Life of a Photojournalist” on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village auditorium, located at 3011 Buena Vida Circle. Zielinski spends her days capturing photographs to share a broad range of local events with Sun-News readers. In this presentation, she will show many of her images and the stories behind them while describing what a photojournalist’s life is really like.


Zielinski graduated from New Mexico State University’s journalism program in 2005. In addition to the Sun-News, she has also worked at The Trentonian in Trenton, New Jersey, and and was the chief photographer for NJBiz in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


The event is hosted by the Las Cruces Press Women. Zielinski is on the board of this local affiliate of the New Mexico and National Federation of Press Women. Las Cruces Press Women meetings are open to anyone interested in the topic being presented.


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Recap of April 2013 presentation by James McGrath Morris

We had over 50 attendees for James McGrath Morris' presentation on Saturday, April 20, on the life and times of media mogul Joseph Pulitzer. His multi-media presentation included numerous primary sources and even an audio recording of some of Pulitzer's editors telling about the top news stories of the day.

The meeting also included presentation of New Mexico Press Women's Doris Gregory Scholarships to two NMSU students, who are the 2013 recipients: Dana Beasley and Frank Ambriz. Congratulations!

James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris
Our April speaker is James McGrath Morris, who will speak about his engrossing biography of media mogul Joseph Pulitzer.

April Meeting Features James McGrath Morris

All communicators should know something of the history of our craft. Author James McGrath Morris will present a fascinating talk that delves into the life of Joseph Pulitzer based on the research he conducted for his riveting biography.

The meeting will be held Saturday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village's Stuckey Auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle. There is no charge to attend and is open to anyone interested in the topic being presented.

New Mexico Press Women State Conference

Veteran writers and journalists will share their experience and coping strategies during the 2013 New Mexico Press Women conference, “Riding Out the Storm: Communications in a Changing Market.”

The NMPW annual meeting will be April 26 and 27 at the Marriott Courtyard in Albuquerque.

For more information and registration forms, go to http://newmexicopresswomen.org/

The event opens Friday evening with a reception and talk by Lois Duncan, one of New Mexico’s most successful writers. The author of more than 50 books will talk about her long journey through the writing world, from the sale of her first novel in the early 1950s to her recent experiences updating early novels for republication as ebooks. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of this seasoned writer on this and other subjects.

Saturday’s events begin with a social media panel with author and UNM Regents Professor Sherri Burr, mystery writer Steve Brewer on e-books, author Loretta Hall on websites for writers, and novelist Paula Paul on blogging.

Megan Kamerick, host and producer of “Public Square” on New Mexico PBS, follows with observations on women and media, which gained her a national spotlight on TED.com, a showcase of ideas.

And Communications and Journalism faculty member Judith Hendry, who was named an Outstanding Professor at UNM in 2012, will discuss environmental communications.

During the Zia Award luncheon, the winner of NMPW’s annual book competition will be announced, and finalists will talk about their work.

Saturday evening is the gala NMPW Awards Banquet. The organization will announce scholarship winners, present the Communicator of Achievement award, and celebrate winning entries of the annual Communications Contest.

Banquet speaker is K.C. Compton, who worked for newspapers in five states before joining Mother Earth News, where she is now senior editor. She will share her experience in the post-print world and describe how Mother Earth News consistently and successfully manages to ride out these changes.

NMPW, the state’s largest inclusive media organization since 1949, is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. Membership is open to men and women. NMPW has local chapter activities in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico, and Las Cruces.


Our March 2013 presentations feature author Doug Fine

Our March 2013 presentations feature author Doug Fine
Our March speaker is best-selling author Doug Fine.

Two presentations: March 22 & 23 featuring author Doug Fine

Best-selling author, journalist, NPR commentator and popular speaker Doug Fine returns to Las Cruces March 22 and 23 to discuss his newest book, “Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution,” and his previous best-selling book, “Farewell, My Subaru,” in a presentation entitled, “Petroleum Free in One Year.” He will give both talks at the Southwest Senior Lifestyle Expo at the Las Cruces Convention Center.


The talk about “Too High to Fail” will be presented Friday, March 22, at 1 p.m. Fine will share his experience in living for a year in the first U.S. county to legalize the ancient hemp plant, following one individual plant from seed to patient. Fine recognized that it’s time for sober debate about what comes next when the Drug War ends. In this wild, revealing, and funny talk, Fine provides the first in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and how the “new green economy” is shaping our country.


During his second presentation on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m., “Petroleum Free in One Year,” Fine will share his humorous stories interwoven with personal experience and important facts to show how anyone can move seamlessly to sustainability, through solar power and other easy tips at home, vegetable oil-powered autos and a sustainable diet. Since moving to southern New Mexico, Fine has established the Funky Butte Ranch, growing his own food and raising chickens and goats, installed solar power, and outsmarted — on occasion — coyotes and Mother Nature in order to live sustainably.


Both talks will be followed by a Great Conversation led by Randy Harris, allowing the audience to become participants in discussing the thought-provoking topics just presented.

Fine’s books have been covered everywhere from the New York Times to the Tonight Show and he has been published in New Mexico Magazine and the Washington Post, to name only two. “Too High To Fail,” his most recent book, has received glowing reviews in publications such as the New York Times and Outside Magazine.


These presentations are co-sponsored by the Las Cruces Press Women, Southwest Senior Lifestyle Expo, Green Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance. More information at www.lcpresswomen.blogspot.com or www.southwestseniorexpo.com. Information about Doug Fine and his books is online at www.dougfine.com. A suggested $3 donation at the expo benefits the Community of Hope Homeless Veterans Program.


New Mexico Press Women Annual Conference

Don't miss the New Mexico Press Women Annual Conference - there are excellent speakers and topics on the schedule and great networking opportunities.

New Mexico Press Women Conference

Riding Out the Storm: Communications in a Changing Market April 26 - 27

Don’t miss these exciting speakers and topics!

Keynote speaker: KC Compton, Mother Earth News Lois Duncan: What Goes Around Comes Around Social Media panel discussion Megan Kamerick: TedXABQ

Judith Hendry: Environmental Communications

Plus our Zia Awards Luncheon, Awards Banquet and great networking opportunities.

Early bird registration deadline April 8 Registration deadline April 18

Our conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, Journal Center 5151 Journal Center NE, Albuquerque Reserve at 877-905-4496 by April 9 for special rate.

Conference details and registration form at newmexicopresswomen.org/conference

Fiction Writing Roundtable - Sat., Feb. 23, 2013

Update: Our February 23 Fiction Writing Roundtable was a great success with a full house and lots of lively discussion of the processes of fiction writing. Our thanks to our wonderful panelists and all the interested writers and readers who attended!


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Three Las Cruces novelists will join the Las Cruces Press Women for a roundtable discussion of their individual creative processes in writing fiction. The panel discussion will be at the Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village on Saturday, February 23, at 1:30 p.m.


Noted novelists Linda Jacobs, Craig Holden, and Bob Sanchez will talk about what happens from the moment an idea blossoms in their heads until they can type The End at the end of their manuscripts.


Jacobs is author of four novels set in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, “Summer of Fire,” “Lake of Fire,” “Rain of Fire” and coming out next month, “Jackson Hole Journey.” She also published two romance novels under her pen name, Christine Carroll. She grew up loving both reading and making up stories, but first became one of Exxon-Mobile’s first women geologists. In 1992, she joined Rice University’s novel writing program, which led to her success as a writer.


Holden is author of a half dozen novels, which have been translated into as many languages. His novels include “The River Sorrow”, “The Last Sanctuary,” and “Matala.” He has been a featured guest at the Festival International du Roman Noir in Frontignan, France, taught at Universities of Michigan and Toledo, and currently is a visiting writer at NMSU.


Sanchez is author of three novels, “Getting Lucky,” “When Pigs Fly,” and “Little Mountain,” and a collection of short stories, “The Corner Cafe.” Sanchez is also a reviewer on the Internet Review of Books.


The Las Cruces Press Women Fiction Writers’ Roundtable will be held at Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, in the conference room. There is no cost to attend.


Las Cruces Press Women is a professional organization for women and men working in or studying any form of communications. Meetings are open to anyone interested in the topics being presented. More information at Facebook.com/lcpresswomen.


Fiction Writing Roundtable

Fiction Writing Roundtable
We had a packed house at our Feb. 23, 2013 Fiction Writing Roundable!

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LCPW Photography Workshop

LCPW Photography Workshop
Led by Pam Porter and Linda Harris, we photographed the historic Depot district while learning more about it during our May 1 workshop.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Non-Fiction Writing Panel Coming in May!

Aaaaannnd we're back. After taking April off to plan, prepare and host the 2014 New Mexico Press Women conference in Las Cruces, we're back in business in May and hosting our latest panel: this one featuring published non-fiction authors sharing their knowledge and experience to make all of us better writers! Check out the flyer - and make plans to join us May 17th!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Join us for our upcoming event in May - A Day in the life of a Photojournalist!


Las Cruces Sun-News photographer Robin Zielinski will present “A Day in the Life of a Photojournalist” on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village auditorium, located at 3011 Buena Vida Circle. Zielinski spends her days capturing photographs to share a broad range of local events with Sun-News readers. In this presentation, she will show many of her images and the stories behind them while describing what a photojournalist’s life is really like.

Zielinski graduated from New Mexico State University’s journalism program in 2005. In addition to the Sun-News, she has also worked at The Trentonian in Trenton, New Jersey, and was the chief photographer for NJBiz in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Good Samaritan - Las Cruces Village’s auditorium is located downstairs in the Activity Center at 3011 Buena Vida Circle, off Telshor.