Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Write Now: Six-Week Novel Writing Workshop



Have you written a novel? Maybe you have a first draft or an outline? Join us as we apply New York literary agent/writing coach Donald Maass’ advice to take our novels to the next level.

Using Maass’ book, Writing the Breakout Novel, and its companion workbook,
we’ll study the elements of bestselling novels and incorporate what we learn into our writing. There will be homework!

Mondays, Oct. 22 - Nov. 26; 6 p.m.  Lower level conference room.

The first ten people who register will receive a free copy of Maass’ book and the workbook. To register, call the library at 236-5203 and ask for Ruth.

Program led by the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Meeting reminder: Aug. 18



The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. The Farmers Market and downtown road construction might delay your trip to the library so please plan accordingly. 

As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Meeting reminder - July 7th

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave.


As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 years and older.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Meeting reminder - June 16

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m Saturday, June 16th, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. 

A gentle reminder that a portion of Main Street will be closed due to the Farmers Market; please plan accordingly.

See you Saturday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Meeting Reminder - Saturday, May 19

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone age 17 and older.  I know some members have exciting news to share about the Lakefly Writers Conference (awesome to see so many OAWC members there!) and other news. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 Lakefly Writers Conference: A Final Word

I dreaded the final hour of the 2018 Lakefly Writers Conference, when I would have to say goodbye to what keynote author Lori Rader-Day aptly called, “my tribe.” If I’d had any food in the house, I would’ve waved to everyone, “Let’s move this to my place!”

It is no secret that I love putting this event together. I'm thankful the Oshkosh Public Library allows me to do it, and for the energy and ideas from members of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club, a partner of the event. Our mission has always been to offer a quality writers conference at an affordable price. We may organize a conference but we strive to create a lasting experience that will move writers forward on their artistic journey. 

What makes this event special to me is the impact it has on people like Linda Bradshaw. When I saw her at Saturday’s lunch, she was floating. She’d had a pitch session that morning, she said, and the agent wanted to see the first 100 pages of her manuscript. Linda is a member of my local writers club; I know first-hand the hundreds of hours she has put into writing and how much this means to her. I also know she will seize this opportunity and polish those 100 pages until they gleam. I can’t wait to see what happens to her next!

Malinda Andrews
What’s next for us? In the summer months, we’ll review participant surveys as we plan for the future of the conference in 2020 and beyond. Expect to see a new logo in 2019 and a web page redesign in 2020. And we've already started booking speakers for next year!

Mark your calendar for May 10-11, 2019, at the Oshkosh Convention Center. If you felt the conference was of value, please tell your friends. We may put on a great conference but we can always use help promoting it!

The pleasure was all mine. ~ Ruth

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lakefly Writers Conference: Focus on Technique

You’ve got an idea and maybe a first draft written, but perhaps your writing isn’t as strong as you would like. Before you throw it away, check out these Lakefly Writers Conference workshops to help improve your writing technique:

As we go through life and meet new people, we often share our memories and tell stories of the high- and lowlights of our lives. Memoirist Christy Wopat will share practical steps to turn those oral stories into written words in Turning Memories into Memoir. Author of Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding your People When Your Baby Dies, Wopat will talk you through the process of how she turned her grief into narrative non-fiction, taking careful consideration of how her “truth” could affect the people in her life.

If creating memorable characters is a challenge for you, be sure to attend the
Beth Amos
ABC's of Character Development with mystery writer Beth Amos. Amos has written several series, each with a strong protagonist and a cast of unique and colorful characters. She will teach
 how to use your skills of observation and perception of those around you to bring your fictional characters to life. 

Carmen Leal
 Inspirational author Carmen Leal will lead Using Your Story to Inspire and Challenge. Inspirational writing requires a strong, personal voice. Leal will talk about how to use your unique story to reach the world. You'll leave this workshop with a new perspective and fresh energy to write articles and devotions that will challenge hearts and open minds.

Creating snappy, authentic dialogue is a challenge for
Shaun Harris
even seasoned writers but thankfully, novel and comic book writer Shaun Harris can help us improve with Me Talk Good For Money. Actions speak louder than words, but it's the great one-liners we all remember. Harris will take you through the 10 Ironclad Rules of Dialogue and why they should be broken. Expect some group participation and on the spot workshopping. 


The Lakefly Writers Conference will be held May 11-12 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Cost is $75 and includes lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, please visit https://www.lakeflywriters.org/

The event is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Lakefly Writers Conference: Focus on Social Media

Even authors who have contracts with traditional book publishers are expected to have a presence on social media as a tool to attract readers and sell books. Social media is even more important for those who strike out on their own via self-publishing or use a hybrid publishing company.

While several Lakefly programs incorporate the use of social media, two programs are specifically designed for writers who want to enhance their online presence in an effective manner that will result in establishing a relationship with readers and increasing sales.
Rex Owens

Wisconsin author and most recently, a presenter at Untitled Town Book and Author Festival, Rex Owens has blogged weekly for years. How to Create a Successful Blog, he will share he’s learned along the way, including the mechanics of blogging and creating content for your blog. Questions will be welcomed!

Jill Swenson, of Swenson Book Development, has noticed recent changes in the social media landscape and will share their significance during Everything You Thought You Knew about Social Media Marketing is Now Wrong
 With all the modifications to Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Google, et al, authors need to rethink what were considered best practices for marketing books. This presentation will highlight some of the most significant changes, discuss ways to protect your privacy and intellectual property, and present tried-and-true and new techniques for building your audience platform and marketing your book.

The Lakefly Writers Conference will be held May 11-12 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Cost is $75 and includes lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, please visit https://www.lakeflywriters.org/

The event is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.