Thursday, September 16, 2021

Meeting reminder - Sept. 18

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 via Zoom. The link is below in the comments section.

If you have something to share for a critique, please upload it to Basecamp or email it to Ruth at oawc at aol dot come by 9 a.m. the day of our meeting.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Oshkosh Poet Laureate

Congratulation to Thomas Cannon, a founding member of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club, for becoming Oshkosh’s first poet laureate.
Tom has been “instrumental in developing a writing community” in Oshkosh, said Oshkosh Public Library Director Jeff Gilderson-Duwe at the Sept. 14 Common Council meeting.

The Oshkosh Poet Laureate will serve as the leading voice for poetry in the Oshkosh community promoting poetry through publication, performance, education, workshops, and digital and social media. The term is for two-years and includes a small stipend.

The goal of the new initiative, spurred by Oshkosh Mayor Lori Palmeri, is to highlight the importance of literacy, share the values of poetry, spark creativity, and foster artistic expression.  

One of Tom’s first step towards that goal is the creation of Facebook group Oshkosh Poet Laureate.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Meeting reminder - Aug. 21

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, in the 2nd floor Waters Building (under the dome) of the Oshkosh Public Library. If you have something to share, please bring 6 copies OR upload it to Basecamp by 9 a.m. the day of our meeting.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Wisconsin Writers Association launches publishing venture

In May of 2021, the Wisconsin Writers Association board of directors agreed to pilot a traditional, royalty-paying book publishing program: Wisconsin Writers Association Press.

Following WWA’s organization goals to help writers learn, grow, and publish in the literary field, the Wisconsin Writers Association Press will provide a prestigious place for Wisconsin writers who tell Wisconsin stories. For the first year of operation, manuscripts submitted by member authors of WWA will be considered for publication. There is no geographical requirement for WWA membership. 

The initial publications will be one full-length novel, and one full-length non-fiction book. Debut as well as seasoned authors who are members in good standing with Wisconsin Writers Association are encouraged to submit a cover letter and the first fifty pages of a completed manuscript according to the guidelines found on the organization website, noted below. For the pilot program, manuscripts that are well-polished will receive higher consideration for potential publication in late 2022. There are no fees associated with submissions or publication; however, for the initial publication pilot program, WWA authors will be considered for publication. Previously published material, except as short pieces in blog or journal format, is not eligible. The Press is looking for manuscripts that prominently feature Wisconsin in setting, culture, theme, history, contemporary, or future. 

 The search is on! Submissions for manuscripts opened July 1 and closes December 1, 2021. Submission guidelines, contact information, and pertinent FAQs can be found on the website page:

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Meeting reminder - July 17

We're meeting in person!

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17 in the 2nd floor Waters Building of the Oshkosh Public Library.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask.

Per pre-pandemic guidelines, please bring 5 copies of any work you plan to share for a critique.

As we move from a virtual platform to in person, those who have been using Basecamp to upload/share their writing can continue to do so. Everyone is welcome to bring a laptop or other device to connect to Basecamp. If you don't know what Basecamp is, that's okay too - we'll talk about it at our meeting.

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Free Gale Courses For Writers

Summer school is in session with these quality Gale courses, accessible for free with your Oshkosh Public Library card.

Courses require a 24-hour commitment over a six-week period. Don't have a library card? Apply here.

The next semester begins on July 14 - register now!

Here’s a sample of just some of the class offerings that may be useful to writers:

Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers. Who doesn't know the fear of the blank page? How can you transform your visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You'll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic.

In this high-energy course, you will learn a number of invaluable tricks from the published writer's toolbox. Whether you're at work now or hoping to write a novel, a nonfiction book, a memoir, short stories or articles, Writeriffic liberates the imaginative, inventive bolts of genius that are inside everyone. If you've ever dreamed of hearing your writer's voice and writing what's in your heart and head, this course will make it happen!

Creating WordPress Websites
In these lessons, you'll get hands-on experience with this powerful tool as you create your own site and blog. You'll find out how to use WordPress to create pages and posts, add images and videos, change a site's look and feel, and include user-friendly features. You'll discover the ease of using WordPress design themes to express your creativity, and you'll see how much fun it is to be part of the vibrant WordPress online community.

Write Your Life Story
Have you thought about writing your story, sharing life-altering events? Does your family really know about their heritage? If you've ever thought about writing your life story, now is the time!

In this course, you will have the satisfaction of telling history your way. You will learn how to bring characters to life, recall vivid memories, engage readers, and even manage your creative time. You may even find a lucrative market for your story, just like the authors of the bestselling Rocket Boys and Angela's Ashes. This course walks you step-by-step through the process of writing your life story. It's fun. It's exciting. It's a story only you can tell!

Introduction to Journaling
If you have ever wanted to try journaling, this course will provide answers to your every question. You will discover the different types of journaling and many journaling techniques, exercises, tools and resources. You will explore a seven-step process that will ease you into writing a journal. You will get detailed instructions on developing, decorating, and customizing your journal, and you will learn exciting new ways to express yourself and develop your creativity.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Meeting reminder - June 19

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet via Zoom at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19th. The meeting link is below in the comments section.

If you have something to share for a critique, please upload it to Basecamp or email to Ruth at oawc at aol dot com by 9 a.m. the day of our meeting.

Note: There will not a meeting on July 3. We will resume in-person meetings on July 17 - location to be determined.