Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Oshkosh Area Writers Club: Check us out!

Oshkosh Area Writers Club: FAQs

Who can join?
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 12 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!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Next Meeting - Jan. 7

There are five Saturday in December so we won't meet again until 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. As always, meetings are free and open to the anyone 17 and older. 

Meetings are held in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lakefly Writing Contests

The 2017 Lakefly Writing Contests will begin to accept submissions on Jan. 2. No entry fees; cash prizes. Open to Wisconsin residents only. Note: To win, you must be able to attend the awards ceremony Friday evening, May 12, at the Oshkosh Public Library.

Categories are: flash fiction, poetry, essay and for teens, there's a short story contest. One entry per category. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 27.

For complete submission guidelines, please go to:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Meeting reminder - Dec. 17

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the lower level of  The Oshkosh Public Library. 

Instead of critiques, we'll be doing our annual White Elephant gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift from your home - something in new/excellent condition that you have no use for. The "gift" will serve as a writing prompt for the person who receives it, so make it interesting!

Donuts will be available but others are welcome to bring food to share as well. If you forget a gift, don't worry - we always have extras!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Open Mic Night

Thanks to Tom Cannon for filming and editing our Open Mic Night held in November as the last event of our Write Now writing class series.  You can view here:

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Congrats Louis!

Excited to announce member Louis Clark has a February 2017 release date for his latest book, "How to be an Indian in the 21st Century" published by the Wisconsin Historical Society, and he's been invited to appear at the American Booksellers Association conference in Minneapolis next month. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Meeting reminder - Dec. 3rd

A quick reminder that the Oshkosh Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

We will do a White Elephant gift exchange at our Dec. 17th meeting. Please bring a wrapped gift of a new or slightly used item from around the house. Do NOT go out and buy something. The gift will also serve a writing prompt so feel free to be creative!