Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Write Now! Write Your Memoir in One Hour

Write Your Memoir in One Hour 
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 

Lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

It’s not a joke; at the end of tonight’s session, you will have written your life story. How is that possible? Attend and see! 

Write Now! is a series of free, fun writing sessions designed to jump start your creative engine. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring writing supplies/devices.

Sponsored by the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Write Now! Drabbles

Drabbles - Making Every Word Count 
Wednesday, Sept. 21—6:30 p.m
Lower level conference room
Oshkosh Public Library

A drabble is a short work of fiction consisting of one hundred words. Practice making every word count. Prompts will be provided for inspiration, or bring your own ideas and see where they can take you.

Write Now! is a series of free, fun writing sessions designed to jump start your creative engine. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring writing supplies/devices. 

Sponsored by the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Congrats Joyce!

Club member Joyce Frohn sold a piece titled "A Most Moral War" for inclusion in the anthology Love 'em Shoot 'em by Wolfsinger Publications. Publication is expected in 2017. 

Congrats, Joyce!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Oshkosh Area Writers Club FAQs

Meetings are open to anyone 17 and older. We get a mix of people writing in various genres at different skill levels. 

Is there a membership fee?
No. But it would be appreciated if you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

When/where does the club meet? 
We meet at 10 a.m. the first and third Saturday of each month in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave.

How many members are there?
There are about 14 core people, others come and go as life allows. Meetings can have as few as 10 and as many as 22 people. Some are beginning writers, others have been published and a few have agents/book contracts.

How do the meetings work?
Meetings start with short introductions and general announcements. Then we begin critiques - a person reads their work aloud (usually 5 pages or less, 8 copies are appreciated but not required) and we critique it. We have a critique form we use so we can be sure the author gets both positive feedback and constructive criticism. Not everyone reads at every meeting; the order of readers is determined by arrival times - first person to come is the first to read. Meetings end at noon, even if there are still waiting people to read.

We do make special arrangements for people with completed manuscripts or compilations - anything that is too long to read during a meeting.

What else does the club do?
During the year, we host free programs at the library - including author visits and National Novel Writing Month write-ins every November. We also co-sponsor the Lakefly Writers Conference each May at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Coming in 2016: a public access television show called Author Showcase created by two of our members.

Still not sure if we're right for you? You best bet is to come to a meeting and see how we fit!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Congrats to Joyce!

Congrats to member Joyce Frohn who sold a piece titled "To Oshkosh and Beyond" to Perihelion Science Fiction; and "Meeting the Neighbors" to Page & Spine. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

New TV Show Features Wisconsin Writers

Congrats to Oshkosh Area Writers Club members Dixie Jarchow and Tom Cannon for launching their television show, “Author Showcase." The show debuted last month on the Oshkosh public access channel, and airs three times a week.

Tom and Dixie hope to use the show as a vehicle to showcase regional authors. Each episode is as unique as the guest author: Omro poet/historian Louis Clark talks about the discrimination he encountered growing up as a Native America -- to Fond du Lac writer/editor Susan Baganz discussing her faith in God, and the role it played in her writing career.

The show’s origins began in 2014, when Tom and Dixie received an Oshkosh Public Library trust fund grant to train on the equipment as then required by Oshkosh Community Media (OCM). Once training was completed, they were allowed to check out the camera equipment and use the in-house editing studio.

In addition to technology training, there were major decisions to make.  The show needed a name, and there was discussion about the show’s format and setting. The easiest part was finding guests, and once they had six episodes taped, they let OCM know the show was ready to air. Not long after, a spot opened up and the show premiered in July. 

Tom and Dixie are both published writers, and understand the writing process as well the challenges of editing, publishing and marketing. They’re comfortable in front of the camera, and neither take themselves too seriously, making for some fun interactions. 

You can find the show on Oshkosh’s public access channel (for Time Warner Cable customers, it will air on Channel 2). Episodes air at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m Saturdays. Be sure to offer your encouragement by friending the show on Facebook and following on twitter (@Author_Showcase). And don't forget to watch!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Author Visit - Jerry Apps

Wisconsin author/historian Jerry Apps will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,  Aug. 9th at the Oshkosh Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.

Apps has written over 35 books and has won numerous awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers and Upper Midwest Booksellers.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Meeting reminder - Aug. 6

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.