Friday, September 28, 2007

Class - Life Story Writing

The Oshkosh Seniors Center is hosting a class on Life Story Writing with instructor Margo Pontius. The class meets for four weeks on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3. Fee is $4 for residents and $8 for non-residents. For more information or to register, please call the Seniors Center at 232-5300.

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest

Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine is accepting submissions for its annual short story and poetry contests, with a deadline of December 3. Prizes include cash, publication, and—new this year—a one-week stay at Edenfred, a creative arts residency in Madison. Winners are invited to read their work at the Wisconsin Book Festival and other venues.

For complete rules and entry information, click here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Author Spotlight Schedule

The upcoming Author Spotlight schedule:

Oct. 6 - Mike N.
Oct. 20 - Carol D.
Nov. 3 - Hope S.
Nov. 17 - Ron S.
Dec. 1 - JoAnn G.
Dec. 15 - Joyce F.

“Author Spotlight” allows writers to bring in pieces of work that are eight or more pages, or a compilation of pieces that are best read/reviewed together.

The last hour of each Saturday meeting is devoted to discussing the works of the featured author; advance registration is required and authors must bring ten copies of their work prior to their turn in the “Spotlight.”

Those who accept a copy of the author’s work must commit to reading it and showing up for the review.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A list of Periodicals

Looking for a list of periodicals to submit to? Check out:

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia


then click on periodicals (or check out publishers).

Glimmer Train Contests

Glimmer Train Press Family Matters
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story about family. Submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee by October 31.

Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee by September 30.

Visit the Web site for complete guidelines on either contest.

Danahy Fiction Prize

Tampa Review - Danahy Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review will be given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Tampa Review, by November 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize
University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606-1490
Phone (813) 253-3333.

Zoetrope Fiction Contest

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winner and seven finalists will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, International Creative Management, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Joyce Carol Oates will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee by October 1.

Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Zoetrope: All-Story, Short Fiction Contest
916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.
Krista Halverson, Managing Editor.

University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Contest

University of Wisconsin Press offers the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes:
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for book-length poetry collections. An additional $1,500 is given to the winners for participation in a reading held on the Madison campus. Submit 50 to 80 pages of poetry with a $25 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

University of Wisconsin Press, Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes, Department of English, 600 North Park Street, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706. Ronald Wallace, Series Editor.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Prompt for Oct. 6

Some members have indicated they would like a writing prompt to get them started on a piece to write/read at a future meeting. The prompt may used in a poem, essay, character or description sketch.

Hope has chosen the following prompt for the Oct. 6 meeting: How could you do that?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Author signing - Jerry Apps

Wisconsin historian and humorist Jerry Apps will do a book signing for his latest novel, "In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story" from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Apple Blossom Books, downtown Oshkosh.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

2007 Wisconsin Book Festival

The 2007 Wisconsin Book Festival, Oct. 10-14, in Madison, has released the schedule of events. The event features dozens of speakers and workshops; a few are highlighted below.

The Dog Says How: NPR essayist, Kevin Kling
9 to 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 10; Cafe Montmartre

Many of the autobiographical tales in this first collection by NPR commentator Kevin Kling reflect a typical American boyhood in an idyllic Midwestern rural setting. But Kling conducts a far more in-depth exploration of the notion of happiness, reminding us that there are two sides to everything, including ourselves.

Michael Perry: Truck
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 11; Borders Books (West Side)

Wisconsin author Michael Perry is an engaging storyteller with tales that are sure to make you laugh, and sometimes cry.

FOUND Magazine Event
9 to 11 p.m., Friday, October 12; Orpheum Theatre: Stage Door

For the sixth consecutive year, Davy Rothbart and the FOUND magazine crew return to Madison as one of the Wisconsin Book Festival's most popular, most irreverent, and most hilarious traditions. The man with a plan and a van, Rothbart collects the discard, detritus, and dross of people's lives--old postcards, shopping lists, break-up letters, erotic scribblings, receipts, warnings, hate mail, hidden photos--and gives them meaning. If you've never been to the Festival's FOUND magazine party, you've never really been to the Festival. (May contain some language and themes not suitable for young audiences.)

10th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture Featuring Patricia MacLachlan

7:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, October 11; Memorial Union Theater

Ms. MacLachlan is the critically acclaimed author of over twenty books for children and teens, including the Newbery-Award winning novel "Sarah, Plain and Tall" and its sequels.

Hop Open Mic: Hosted by First Wave, featuring the Midwest Youth Slam All-Stars

9 p.m. Friday, October 12; UW Memorial Union

A special kickoff celebration of Madison's freshest monthly open mic. This Spoken Word & Hip-Hop event is hosted by First Wave and DJ Pain1 and features the Midwest Youth Slam All-Stars. Come hear the youth poetry slam champions from Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, and the Twin Cities. Bring your own piece to share, get on the mic, and just bust!

The Romance Writer's Guide to Domestic Bliss: How to Snag the Hunk and Solve Your Problem in 200 Pages or Less
9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, October 13; Mount Horeb Public Library

A vampire hero has got a totally different perception of bliss than a 12th century knight. Romance writer Meagan Hatfield discusses the different genres of romantic fiction, and explores the lure of the romance novel for today's readers.

Apparent Tranquility: Looking Beneath the Surface
11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 13; Mount Horeb Public Library

Appearances can be deceiving. In fiction, the true story consists of so much more than the specifics spelled out in the action, description and dialogue. What's really going on? The meat of the story may lie in the subtext. Learn how to read (and write) between the lines by giving subtext the same amount of attention that you give to other story elements. Presented by Bob Curry.

Book Club Night Club -- A Gala Celebration: Featuring Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ellen Baker, and Judy Merrill Larsen
7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, October 13; Promenade Hall/Overture

Bring your whole book club to this event featuring three dynamic and eminently discussable new books, as well as their fabulous authors -- or, just stop by to see what the book club buzz is all about. Welcome Judy Merrill Larsen, whose much-praised debut "All the Numbers" deals with the aftermath of a tragedy that befalls an annual Wisconsin lakeside vacation, as well as Ellen Baker, whose superb first novel begins in small town Wisconsin during the conformist 1950s, then reaches back to span two world wars, unraveling the secrets woven through the generations of a family. Keynoting this gathering is Madison's own Oprah's Book Club author, Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean" and other favorites. In her brand new book, "Still Summer," Mitchard offers the suspenseful story of four women stranded at sea, pitted against nature and a cohort of contemporary pirates: not to be missed!

Rabbi Harold Kushner: Overcoming Life's Disappointments
4 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, October 14; Orpheum Theatre: Main

When life does not unfold as planned, Rabbi Harold Kushner (author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People") strongly but sympathetically urges his readers to take inventory, learn from their experiences and move on with an open heart. Kushner does not shy away from difficult issues and awkward dilemmas, and his years of rabbinical experience in dealing with congregants' troubles make him well-suited to offer advice. This readable and sensitive discussion of "Life is tough; let's be strong enough not to be broken by it" should appeal to anyone who has ever been disappointed.

Michael Cunningham

6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 14; Orpheum Theatre: Main

As a novelist known for his poetic explorations of domestic tranquility as it relates to home, family, and lovers, Michael Cunningham offers an ideal grand finale for the 2007 Wisconsin Book Festival. His most popular work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, masterfully explores the quiet, private moments of domestic life. His other novels include the acclaimed A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, and Specimen Days. Cunningham's writing, beloved for its original characters and depth of feeling and vision, has made him a Hollywood favorite. The film versions of The Hours and A Home at the End of the World received major accolades, and his adaptation of Susan Minot's novel Evening, which he co-wrote with Minot and which stars Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Colette, Patrick Wilson, and Meryl Streep, was released this year. He lives in New York City.

Author Spotlight

Tom C. is the Author Spotlight for Saturday, Sept. 15. For those who did not get a copy of his work, it can be downloaded from the OAWC Yahoo! Group.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Writing Prompt for Sept. 15

Some members have indicated they would like a writing prompt to get them started on a piece to write/read at a future meeting. The prompt may used in a poem, essay, character or description sketch.

Jane D. has chosen the following prompt for the Sept. 15 meeting: Help is near.