Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Tana is the Author Spotlight; the writing prompt is "a gift."

As always, meetings are free and open to anyone age 17 or older.
For more information, please email oawc@aol.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Party/Meeting

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Oshkosh Public Library for its annual holiday party. Please bring a wrapped White Elephant gift (something you don't use/need that is in excellent/new condition). Refreshments will be provided.

As usual, we'll be setting personal goals for 2010 so start thinking now about what writing goals you hope to accomplish next year.

At 11 a.m. we will open it up for author critiques and at 11:30, we’ll discuss Author Spotlight Bob B.’s piece on Christmas.

Elizabeth Gilbert in Madison

Catch a rare appearance by Elizabeth Gilbert, the "Queen of Quirk" and literary rock-star author of Eat, Pray, Love and the upcoming Committed. The former is a best-seller and being adapted to film, starring Julia Roberts. The latter will still be hot off the presses when the author arrives in Madison on Thursday, February 11.

And here's a special offer for Wisconsin Book Festival's patrons - 2 tickets for $50! Make it a gift for a loved one or yourself! Just use the code GIFT when you buy tickets at the Overture Center ticket office, order by phone at 608-258-4141 or buy online at overturecenter.com. Gift offer expires January 4, 2010.

A portion of proceeds from this performance benefits Wisconsin Book Festival.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Writer's Digest Writing Competition

Submissions are now being accepted for the 78th annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

There are 10 writing categories, including memoirs, poetry, short story, literary short story, inspirational and children's fiction. Cash prize awards for 1st to 10th place; 11th through 100 place receive a distinctive certificate.

Entry fee varies according to submission type and number of submissions; minimum fee is $15.

Deadline: May 14, 2010.

For complete rules and entry form, visit http://www.writersdigest.com/annual


Read up on what is going on with other writers through the state by checking out the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association blog at http://wrwaonline.blogspot.com

Of course, you can still read their newsletter and find out about state-wide events at their website, http://www.wrwa.net

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Annual Holiday Party

The club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, for its annual holiday party at the Oshkosh Public Library. Please bring a wrapped White Elephant gift (something you don't use/need that is in excellent/new condition). Refreshments will be provided.

As usual, we'll be setting personal goals for 2010 so start thinking now about what writing goals you hope to accomplish next year. Remember: Deadlines are your friend!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in the lower level of the Oshkosh Public Library. The writing prompt is: He/she hates him too.

Dixie J. is the Spotlight Author.

As always, meetings are free and open to anyone age 17 and older. For more information, please email oawc@aol.com

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Power of the Pen

The 6th annual Power of the Pen Writer's Conference will be held March 20 and March 27 in Neenah; courses include Character and Setting in Fiction; Enter Your Story through the Door of Poetry; Short Story Writing; Conflict and Scene in Fiction, and others. The BEST part if the price - only $15.14 per course ($5 for seniors).

For more information, call 920-720-6820 or visit www.fvtc.edu/neenah

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cheap Magazines

You can get a great deal on magazine subscriptions at http://www.bestdealmagazines.com

Titles include popular women's, men's and children's magazines such as Parents, Boys Life, Car and Driver, Men's Fitness, Psychology Today, Atlantic Monthly, Family Circle, Mother Jones and more - many are less than $6 for a one-year subscription (for first-time subscribers only). The one drawback is that it takes 8-12 weeks for the first issue to arrive.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Neenah Author's Series

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Neenah Public Library will host Barbara Manger and Janine Smith, authors of Mary Nohl: Inside and Outside.

Artist Mary Nohl’s mysterious, modest home adorned with stone-encrusted creatures, imposing driftwood figures and other pieces of art along Lake Michigan’s shoreline may be the most famous residence in Greater Milwaukee. When Nohl died in 2001, she left her house and personal collection to the Kohler Foundation to make sure that it would remain intact. She also left her personal estate, valued at $11.3 million, to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library. Copies will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Nov. 21 Author Spotlight

Angie is the Spotlight Author for Nov. 21. If you missed the last meeting and would like a copy of her short stories to critique, you can email her at ninja@yoyager.net

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Novel Ways to Promote Book

An interesting article,  "On Web, A Most Novel Approach, appeared in the Sept. 24, 2009 Washington Post, and explored ways new authors are promoting their books, behaving like "mini-entrepreneurs" as they make use of social websites such as youtube, Twitter and Facebook not only for promoting their book but creating a fan base.  A recommended read to anyone trying to sell their work.

To read the article, click here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


National Novel Writing Month is just a few days away. The goal of NaNoWriMo participants is to begin writing Nov. 1 and write a 175-page novel (50,000 words) by Nov. 30th. It's not suppose to be good writing, rather the idea is to force yourself to write without regard to quality, plot, characters, perfect grammar or any of those other things that prevent writers from putting words down on a page.

Thousands of people from over a dozen countries have of signed up already; if you would like to register, go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/

The official website offers local contacts, online forums and  tips throughout the month to keep your writing moving. Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, has also written a book to help you with your goal, "No Plot? No Problem!"

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Author Visit - Brian Leahy Doyle

Presentation of the Grand Opera House & other WI Opera Houses with author Brian Leahy Doyle!

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Oshkosh Public Library, under the Dome

He will present his new book: Encore! The Renaissance of Wisconsin Opera Houses. His book and presentation highlight the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh.

The Program is co-sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library, Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society, Grand Opera House and Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Author Visit - Patricia Polacco

Meet award-winning children's author Patricia Polacco, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 3, at the Oshkosh Public Library

For the Love of Autumn

Author of In Our Mother's HouseFor the Love of AutumnThe Keeping Quilt & many more popular children's books!  Visit PatriciaPolacco.com for more information about her books!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Meet the Author Series

Neenah Public Library is hosting Meet the Author series. Guest authors include:

Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Thomas J. Rowland

Decade of Despair: Winnebago County During the Great Depression, 1929-1939

Co-sponsored by the Neenah Historical Society

Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Barbara Manger and Janine Smith

Mary Nohl: Inside & Outside

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Writing prompt for next meeting

The writing prompt for the next meeting is : The swarming wisdom of the streets. Use it as you see fit.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Author Visit - Sneed B. Collard III

Author Sneed B. Collard III will do an author visit at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 at the Oshkosh Public Library. This event is part of the library's annual Bookfest.

Sneed B. Collard III is a biologist, computer scientist, and author. The son of biologists, he fell in love with the natural world at an early age, watching whales with his mother and catching snakes, turtles, and fish with his father.

In his writing, he draws from both his formal education, as well as from extensive travels to the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Central America, and other parts of the world. Author of more than 30 children’s books, Sneed seeks not only to educate, entertain, and inspire children, but also to empower them to effect positive change. In addition to writing, he is also an active speaker. He has won many speaking awards and addresses thousands of students and educators each year about writing and the environment. (source: http://www.charlesbridge.com/contributorinfo.cfm?ContribID=34

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wisconsin People & Ideas short contests

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, is accepting submissions for its annual short story and poetry contests for Wisconsin residents. 

Short story contest winners will receive prizes of $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place) and poetry winners will receive  $500 (first place), $100 (second place), and $50 (third place). 

All winning works will be published serially in 2010 issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas. Winners received other prizes, including a poetry recording session at Abella Studios and artists’ residencies at Edenfred in Madison, WI.  

Entry fee: $20 one story / $10 up to three poems. Contest rules and guidelines at www.wisconsinacademy.org.

Deadline: December 15, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Milwaukee Book Festival

The Milwaukee Book Festival, Oct. 9 through 19th, includes events at a variety of venues throughout the Milwaukee area.

Events include:

Book Festival Kick-off with Wendell Berry, The Urban Ecology Center (hosted by Woodland Pattern). (1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI) $8/$7/$6 tickets

 Anne Basting, author of the nonfiction book Forget Memory, Boswell Books, (2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI).

Humorist Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide, UWM Union, Wisconsin Room, 2nd Level, (2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI)

Talk by Sorrel King, author of the memoir Josie's Story, Carroll University, Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall in Shattuck Music Center, (218 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Edgerton Sterling North Book & Film Festival

The Edgerton Sterling North Book & Film Festival, Oct. 17th, 2009 will feature the following:

Malachy McCourt - author

Keynote Speaker, Saturday, Oct. 17, EPAC  "A Monk Swimming" 

Younger brother of Frank ("Angela's Ashes"), Malachy is an actor and one-time Green Party gubernatorial candidate from New York and the author of several memoirs and histories, most notably "A Monk Swimming." He has had a recurring role on a soap opera, kept some of the most elegant saloons in New York City, and once smuggled gold for a living.

Kurt Busiek  - Graphic novelist 

Speaker, Saturday, Oct. 17, EPAC  "The Avengers" 

Graphic novelist Kurt Busiek is famed for his two decades of fantastic tales, especially episode of the popular "Marvels," Thunderbolts," and "The Avengers" series.

Leroy Butler  - Former Green Bay Packer, Author of "Leap of Faith" 

Speaker, Saturday, Oct. 17, EPAC

Former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler, inventor of the Lambeau Leap.

Jerene Mortenson  - Mother of author Greg Mortensen 

Speaker, Saturday, Oct. 17, EPAC  "Three Cups of Tea

Jerene Mortenson, the Janesville mother of Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," an inspiring tale of how the positive actions of one man helped to create a network that has since been responsible for building a series of schools in Afghanistan.

Workshops include:

Writing Workshop, John Lehman: "The Story Only You Can Tell (Writing Your Memoirs)

Writing Workshop, Kevin Devine: "E-Publishing and Self-Publishing: Expanding Options for The Future

Demonstration and Discussion of the Japanese video art of Machinima

Murderer's Row Roundtable: a discussion of what makes a perfect crime, with mystery writers John DeDakis & Jess Lourey and true-crime writer/historian William Drennan.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Writing Prompt -Oct. 3

The writing prompt for the Oct. 3rd meeting is: I never go anywhere without ________.

Use it in a poem, essay, short story or sketch. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. The writing prompt is: An unusual museum. Bob B. is the Author Spotlight.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Writer's Cheat Sheet

Michelle Jerott and Michele Albert have created an interesting collection of "cheats" that includes character info, editing tips, and advice for a 5 minute pitch. Check it out here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

10th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The 10th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival will be held Oct. 22-25, 2009. The free, 4-day event includes readings, book signings, discussions, workshops, author receptions, and children’s programs.

A sampling of presenters (taken from the website) :

Jonathan Friesen’s book Jerk, California recently won the Schneider Book Award from the American Library Association. Like his fictitious character Sam in Jerk, Jonathan suffers from Tourette syndrome.

Joe Knight writes about the outdoors and captures life in Wisconsin winters in Frozen Assets: Winter in Northern Wisconsin.

Jon Loomis writes hard-boiled detective novels set in Provincetown, MA, where Detective Frank Coffin investigates homicides.

Marilyn Taylor, Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, is the author of five collections of poetry. Her award-winning work has appeared in dozens of poetry journals and anthologies. Her latest work Going Wrong was released from Parallel Press in July 2009.

Kao Kalia Yang was only six when she immigrated to St. Paul from Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. With a storyteller’s gift for lyricism, Yang recounts in The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir her family’s harrowing escape from Laos, their life in a refugee camp and the challenges and joys of adapting to life in a new land.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Wisconsin Book Festival

The Wisconsin Book Festival will be held in Madison, Oct. 7-11, 2009. The event will take place throughout the city of Madison; check out the full roster of presenting authors, poets, historians, artists and more, click here.

Featured authors include Wisconsin writer Michael Perry, who will also do a performance with his band The Longbeds.

Legendary Wendell Berry is the keynote event speaker at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 11th at Overture Center for the Art.

For more information, please click here.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Writing Prompt - Sept. 19

The writing prompt for our Saturday, Sept. 19th meeting is: An unusual museum.

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Author Visit - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Best-selling author Catherine Gilbert Murdock will speak Tues., Sept. 29, 6:30 pm at the Oshkosh Public Library. From their website:

It all started with the immensely popular Dairy Queen and now, just weeks before the release of the long-awaited final book in her trilogy, Catherine Gilbert Murdock comes to the Oshkosh Public Library. Murdock will talk to fans about the continuing story of DJ Schwenk, the Wisconsin farm girl who faces life’s challenges with strength and a voice that rings true with so many young readers.

  • Reading from the upcoming release, Front and Center
  • Book-signing to follow
  • Pre-order copies of Front and Center at the event from Apple Blossom Books LLC, or purchase Murdock’s other titles

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Author Visit - Laura Numeroff

Children's  author Laura Numeroff will do a talk and booksigning at Thurs., Sept. 17, 7:00 pm at the Oshkosh Public Library. From their website:

Beloved children’s author Laura Numeroff takes a whimsical look at families in her latest books,Would I Trade My Parents? and What Brothers Do Best/What Sisters Do Best. Readers of all ages will relate to these stories, which highlight the special bond we share with special people in our lives.
Would I trade my parents?

Presentation and book signing. Books available for purchase at the event fromApple Blossom Books LLC.

For more information about Laura Numeroff & her best-selling books visit her website  at www.lauranumeroff.com.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dorothy Maxwell

It has come to our attention that Dorothy Maxwell's husband, Richard, passed away June 25th at the age of 95 (a full obit appeared in the Oshkosh Northwestern, June 26, page 5).

Our sympathy goes out to Dorothy and her family!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Writing Prompt - Sept. 5

The writing prompt for Sept. 5 is to write a 6-word memoir. Good luck!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Author Visit - Nancy Wall

Neenah Public Library is hosting Neenah native Nancy Wall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Wall will discuss her book Pulled by the Heart, her real-life story of living and escaping the Middle East.

When Nancy leaves the United States to marry the man she loves in the Middle East, she discovers she has married the culture of the Middle East as well. She moves from Beirut’s bloody civil war to the sand dunes, camels, and riches of the Persian Gulf. While she embraces and thrives in this culture of nomads and millionaires, a sudden change in her husband’s behavior threatens her life and that of her two children. Her choice is simple: Submit to her husband’s demands in the Middle East or find the courage to leave the very things she loves the most and seek her freedom in the United States. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

What is a Short Story?

What is a Short Story? This article by Marion Zimmer Bradley can be found at

It gives her definition of what a short story is and why amateur writers do not get published. It is worth the read. For example, Ms Bradley reminds us that "Most short stories work on some variation of the following (so do most novels, but the novel works at a different speed):A LIKABLE CHARACTER overcomes ALMOST INSUPERABLE ODDS and BY HIS OR HER OWN EFFORTS achieves a WORTHWHILE GOAL."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Meeting Reminder - June 6th

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet tat 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. The Author Spotlight is Hope S. and the writing prompt is "1001 Awesome Words."Just a reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet tat 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. The Author Spotlight is Hope S. and the writing prompt is "1001 Awesome Words."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Author Visit - John Coy

Children/young adult author John Coy will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Oshkosh Public Library, under the Dome. Get the inside story on what it takes to create a book. Hear about Coy’s latest release, Top of the Order, and get a sneak peek at his upcoming book. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Life Lessons Contest

Dan mentioned this at the July 18th meeting:

Real Simple (magazine) is holding its second annual Life Lessons writing contest. There is NO entry fee; cash prizes awarded. Deadline: Sept. 7, 2009. The theme is: When did you realize that you had become a grown-up?

For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

End of Life Stories

Creative Nonfiction (magazine) is holding a contest for the best nonfiction story dealing with death, dying.

From their website:

We're seeking new essays that explore death, dying, and end of life care, for a collection to be published by Southern Methodist University Press. We’re looking for stories that transcend the “I” and find universal meaning in personal experiences. We hope to include stories representing a wide variety of perspectives—from physicians, nurses, hospice workers, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, family members, and others. We want narratives that capture, illustrate and/or explain the best way to approach the end of life, as well as stories that highlight current features, flaws, and advances in the healthcare system and their impact on professionals, patients, and families.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award one $1500 prize for Best Essay, and two $500 prizes for runners-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by December 31, 2009, and clearly marked “End of Life” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though subscription shipping costs do apply). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: End of Life Stories
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Awesome Words Contest

Pank Magazine is sponsoring a 1001 Awesome Words Contest. That's it, there no other other rules except the entry has to be 1001 words or less; any form, any genre. Entry fee is $15; all entries receive issue copy.

Prizes: $750/500/250 plus publication.

Deadline: Midnight September 30, 2009.

For entry rules, click here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Spring Green Literary Festival

The Spring Green Literary Festival, Sept. 11-12, 2009, brings together nationally renowned authors and poets meet with area wide lovers of books and writing to explore the importance of the literary arts to human understanding. Confirmed authors are Tony Earley, Hillary Jordan and Benjamin Percy.

Fees are $57; an optional writer's workshop is $30.

For more information, click here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Author Visit - Allen Absorge

Mystery author Allen Ansorge will do a book signing with “Crossing the Center Line," at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Apple Blossom Books, downtown Oshkosh.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Writing Prompt - July 18

The writing prompt for Saturday, July 18, comes from a book title on creative writing by Sark: Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Self-Publishing Workshop

Bailiwick Workshops LLC, which offers unique continuing education workshops in the Oshkosh area, is sponsoring a self-publishing workshop, Publishing 101, at 5:30 Tuesday, August 11. Cost is $15.

Class description: You did it. You finally finished the manuscript that's been inside you for oh so long. Now what? For some writers, self-publishing is the way to go. Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing and promotion, print-on demand, and personal publishing in this workshop for new writers

For more information and/or to register for this or other workshops, please click here.

Next Meeting

Just a reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please email oawc@aol.com.

Monday, June 15, 2009

School of the Arts

During the week of July 19–24, 2009, UW-Madison Department of Continuing Education offers the School of the Arts in Rhinelander. This week-long event in the beautiful north woods offers classes in many different subjects, including writing.

Writing courses include:

Appreciation of Fiction
Beginning Poetry: Using All Six Senses to Write
Building Fiction: Where to Start and How to Keep it Going
Creating a Joyful Journal - only 3 spots left
Creating Conflict with Dialogue
Dive Deep and Bring Your Best Fiction to the Surface - This class is full
From Notebook to New Work: A Journaling Workshop
Making the Poetic Leap: A Poetry Workshop - only 4 spots left
Playwriting Lab for Writers
Plotting Your Theme
Poetry and Performance
Poetry Books: Chapbook Process
Poetry as Peace Maker - session 1: only one spot left
Poetry Critiques with Literary Journal Editor - only 4 spots left
Poetry Without Tears
Screenwriting: Revolutionize your Storytelling - only 3 spots left
Scene and Setting: They Sell Your Fiction for You
The Root of Powerful Fiction: A Character’s Fatal Flaw and Transformational Arc - only 2 spots left
Theatre Lessons for Short Story Writers

For class descriptions, fees and registration information, please click here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WRWA 2009 Conference

The Fall 2009 Wisconsin Regional Writer's Association Conference is Sept. 25-27 at the Holiday Inn, Eau Claire. Featured speakers are Cassie Hansen, Jean Feraca, John Lehman, Greg Peck, Barb Poelle and Eva Apelqvist.Fee is $75 for non-members; daily fees also available. For more information, please click here.

Monday, June 08, 2009

2009 Wisconsin Christian Writers Conference

Registration for the 2009 Wisconsin Writers Conference opened June 1st. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Walnut Bible Hill Church in Baraboo; cost is $25. For more information, please click here.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Meeting Reminder - June 6th

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Bob B. is the Spotlight Author and the writing prompt is "Three witches blew over."

For more information, write oawc@aol.com or call 231-6182.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Glimmer Train - Very Short Story Contest

Glimmer Train is interested in original, unpublished very short stories (under 3,000 words).

Note: When they accept a story for publication, they are purchasing first-publication rights.

Submission guidelines: Please send your work via their new online submission procedure.

Deadline is Aug. 31, 2009. Reading fee is $15 per story.

1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.
2nd-place: $500

Click here for more information.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Flash Fiction Contest

NANO Fiction is proud to announce their first annual NANO Prize, to be awarded to a flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words or less. The winner will receive $500.

The entry fee is $12 for the first three pieces, and $2 for each additional piece. Those twelve bucks also gets you a one year subscription to NANO Fiction.

Mail all entries and cover letters with a check or money order to:

NANO Prize
PO Box 667445
Houston, TX 77266-7445

Make all checks payable to NANO Fiction. Contest deadline is August 1, 2009.

For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Michael Perry Writing Retreat

Spend a week with Michael Perry, Aug. 10-14, in Mineral Point, WI. The creative nonfiction writing retreat will begin each day with a writing workshop led by Perry. Afternoons will be spent in free writing and there will be readings in the evenings. Fee is $380. The event is held at Shake Rag Alley; for more information, click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Writing Prompt - June 6

The writing prompt for the June 6th meeting is: "Three witches blew over." Use it in a poem, essay, story or sketch. Have fun!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Writer's Journal Contest

Writer's Journal is currently sponsoring a contest themed "Romance." Stories should be 2000 words or less. There is a $7 entry fee; deadline is July 31, 2009. Cash prizes and publication in Writer's Journal will be awarded to first, second and third place.

For submission guidelines and other information, please click here.

Glimmer Train - Family Matters

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short original, unpublished story about family. Submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee; submission accepted in the month of July only.

Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Author Visit - Elizabeth Berg

You're invited to the Oshkosh Public Library for a book talk & signing with New York TImes best-selling author Elizabeth Berg at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13. She will talk about her latest novel, Home Safe. Visit Elizabeth Berg's website for more information about her books.

Copies of Home Safe may be pre-ordered from Apple Blossom Books or purchased at the library the evening of the event.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Improve Your Writing

There's a great article for beginning writers titled "Learn the Techniques of Writing Before You Write" by Carolyn McKay. The article breaks down the writing process, from how to organize your ideas to complete a writing project.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Writing Prompt - May 16

The writing prompt for Saturday, May 16 is "At least I'm making a lot of money."

Use it in a poem, story, essay or sketch. Have fun!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Free Comic Book!

Leave your wallet at home! On Saturday, May 2, participating comic book shops across North America will be giving away free comic books to anyone who stops in.

You can get your own free comic book between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the House of Heroes, 407 N. Main St. Oshkosh. Titles include Star Wars, Avengers, Ultimo, Wolverine and more.

The price is right and this is a great activity that you can participate in with your children. Or not.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Author Visit - Elizabeth Berg

You're invited to the Oshkosh Public Library for a book talk & signing with New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Berg at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13. She will talk about her latest novel, Home Safe. Visit Elizabeth Berg's website for more information about her books.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Library at 236-5205.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Writing Prompt

The writing prompt for the April 18 meeting is: She had trouble with the truth; both telling it and accepting it.

Use the prompt any way you wish and modify as needed. Enjoy!

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism: Spreading the Word ... and Hope
April is Autism Awareness month, and throughout the world, people are joining forces to spread the word about autism and to inspire others to lend a hand to people with autism and their loved ones.
Autism is a neurobiological disorder that hinders a person's ability to communicate and to socialize and that is often accompanied by challenging behaviors. Tens of millions of children and adults around the globe, of all ethnicities and socioeconomic circumstances, live with autism or a related disorder, such as Aspberger's syndrome. In the United States, one in 150 children has an autism-spectrum disorder diagnosis, and the rate of autism diagnosis has increased tenfold over the last decade.
Although there is no known cause or cure for autism, researchers are making progress toward those ends, and there are effective treatment and support programs for children and adults with autism-spectrum disorders. But we still have a long way to go. So it is imperative for those of us who can to do whatever we can to raise awareness of this debilitating disorder and to help those with autism and their families.
That's why, in 2007, Adams Media joined forces with former NFL champ Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie, parents of a son with autism, to publish A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book go to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Doug and Laurie Flutie wrote the book's inspiring foreword, and the wonderful stories in this book, all written by parents of children with autism, not only offer insight and hope, they also celebrate the successes and blessings of children and adults with autism.
Here's a snippet from just one of those stories, "Part of the Gift," by Thomas Cannon:
[story created with the assistance and encouragement of the Oshkosh Writer's Club]

My wife and I sit together on one of the couches in the doctor's examining room, which is at least 30 feet long with many toys in plastic bins."Yep, he's autistic," the doctor says nonchalantly, labeling our son as if she were stating the color of his hair.
Looking over at my little boy as he plays with a figurine of a knight on a galloping horse, I find her diagnosis impossible to believe. He's too engaged in the world around him ... He is too loving and too involved with me and his mom and two sisters. No, he didn't respond much to the doctor, but he is only three.
Yet, afterward as we eat lunch and even though Sawyer is strangely well behaved, the diagnosis also makes sense in many ways. He does have some sensory issues; he is evasive and shy around grandparents and strangers; and he does not talk yet. The diagnosis crushed the shield of denial that has obscured by vision, and I begin to grieve the loss of my son's future ...
Want to read the whole story? Click here.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

"Read Across America" Authors Celebration

Those members who judged the Read Across America writing contest for Oshkosh elementary school children are invited to the Authors' Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, under the Dome of the Oshkosh Public Library, when the winners will be announced. The event will last about one hour and refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave.. Correction to the email reminder: Jack F. is the Author Spotlight.

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

Grammer Lessons for the Hungry

Not sure whether its/it's at their/there house? Bone up on your grammar and punctuation skills and help end hunger at the same time through Free Rice. For every answer you get correct, 10 grains of rice are donated to help end world hunger. Don't fret if you answer wrong, the question will show up again later until you answer correctly.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Write-by-the-Lake Writers Workshop and Retreat will be held June 15-19, 2009, at the Pyle Center, Madison, WI.

Core classroom hours: 9:30 am-12:30 pm each day. Monday: optional 4-5 pm mini-class; 4 pm Social Hour/Welcome. Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday optional mini-classes 2-3 pm. An optional open-mike night for poetry and fiction participants Wednesday.

Available Sessions
1. Creative nonfiction manuscript makeover/for book, memoir, essay, column writers
2. Fiction techniques: dialogue, description, and exposition
3. Writing your first novel
4. How to write compelling fiction/for beginning short story and novel writers
5. Write mysteries, play jazz
6. The building blocks of children's literature
7. Character and subtext: the vital engine of fiction and drama
8. I can't put it down! Pacing: the tools for creating a page-turning novel
9. Revising the novel: building scene with subtext and symbol/advanced
10. The primal impulse: singing with the inner voice/for new and intermediate poets
11. Fueling the fire of revision—a poetry workshop/advanced
12. W.R.A.P. Your screenplay/Write, Revise, Adapt & Pitch

Program fee includes instruction, continental breakfast each day, one social hour program, and guest speaker events. Lodging is on your own. $325 by May 18; $355 after May 18 (Fee includes mini-classes and reception.)

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Perry's New Book

Many of you already know, but Mike Perry's new book "COOP: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting" (in bookstores April 21) is currently available for pre-order here. Book tour information (they're putting Mike on the road pretty steady) is also now available at the SneezingCow website.

In other sideways news, Mike has finished a new song and you can have a listen here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Power of the Pen Conference

The 5th annual Power of the Pen Writer’s Conference will be held Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Fox Valley Technical College, Neenah Regional Center, 2320 Industrial Drive, Neenah, WI.

Workshops include:
Awaken The Writer In You
Create & Sell Dynamic Non-Fiction
Creative Play: Fun Ways to Unleash Your Muse
Living the Writer’s Life
Microfiction: Introduction
Post-apocalyptic Fiction
Self Publishing Made Easy
Successful Novel Writing Strategies
A Writing “Time-Out” for Women

For a complete list of workshops, times and dates, click here.

The fee for each class is $14.66; $4.95 for those 62 & older. You can't beat this price!

Register for classes online at www.fvtc.edu or in person.

Questions: Please contact Lisa Bell – belll@fvtc.edu or (920) 720-6820

Author Visit - Jennifer Chiaverini

Novelist Jennifer Chiaverini returns to Oshkosh for a book talk on her latest release, The Lost Quilter, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the lower level of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Chiaverini is a New York Times best-selling author of the Elm Creek Quilt Series.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, phone the library at 236-5205. Books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Apple Blossom Books.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Neenah Library events

Here’s who’s coming to the Neenah Public Library as part of the Fox Cities Book Festival:

Thursday, April 16, 10 a.m.: Fox Cities Reads Michael Perry!
Perry is the author of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time and Truck: A Love Story. Books will be available for purchase at the library courtesy of Conkey’s Book Store. Perry and his band, The Long Beds, will perform FREE at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m. Tickets required for the concert – available at the library. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served, basis.

Friday, April 17, 2 p.m.: Mary Relindes Ellis, author of Turtle Warrior. Books will be available for purchase at the library courtesy of Conkey’s Book Store.

Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.: Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz, authors and filmmakers of Fill’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations. The authors will be selling copies of their books following the program.

Saturday, April 18, 1:45 p.m.: A. Manette Ansay: Good Things I Wish for You (Plus a Few Things I Don’t): Advice for the New and Emerging Writer. Ansay is author of the Oprah Book Club selection, Vinegar Hill, and several other novels and collection of short stories. Ansay’s books will be available for purchase at the library courtesy of Conkey’s Book Store.

Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m.: So How Do I Get Published Anyway? Panel presentation for aspiring writers.

Sunday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.: Phil Gulley and Porch Talk. Gulley is the author of the Harmony series and Front Porch Tales. Quaker minister and Emmy-award winning host of Porch Talk, Gulley is the voice of small-town American life. Books will be available for purchase at the library. Don’t miss brunch with Phil Gulley on Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. at Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. For brunch ticket information, see www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Member News

Congrats to Jessica and Tom - Jessica is a finalist for the Christmas stories edition of "Cup of Comfort," and Tom recently had two poems published in a new literary magazine titled "Literary Mary."

Author Spotlight * Prompt for March 7th

Just a reminder that Dan's Author Spotlight is available online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oawc/messages/%22. You do need to become a member of Yahoo! to download; it's about 17 pages long.

The writing prompt is: The mental health of seafood.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fox Cities Book Festival

The schedule of events is now available for the Fox Cities Book Festival, April 14-19, 2009.

Visiting authors include Sherman Alexie, Elizabeth Berg, and Michael Perry.

Items of interest to writers:

4:30 p.m. April 17
C.J. Hribal & Dwight Allen — Writing Wisconsin: A conversation with Two Wisconsin Novelists. Lawrence University.

9 a.m. Saturday, April 18
Book Fair at City Center Plaza — 9:00 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.

10 a.m. Saturday, April 18
Sandra Kring — Presentation: Imagining a Different Life: Rewriting one’s life through fiction. Appleton Public Library

12:30 Saturday, April 18
Panel Discussion — Things to Come: Fantasy/Science Fiction. Lawrence University, MAIN HALL 211

1:45 p.m. Saturday, April 18
A. Manette Ansay — Presentation: Good Things I Wish You (Plus a Few Things I Don't): Advice for the New and Emerging Writer. Neenah Public Library

Friday, February 20, 2009

Invitation to Fox Cities Reads

"Howdy there" from author Michael Perry to the Fox Valley and Fox Cities Reads 2009

click on link below for the video message:

Monday, February 16, 2009

Meeting Reminder

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave. Tom C. is the Spotlight Author.

As always, meetings are free and open to anyone age 17 or older. For more information, please email oawc@aol.com

Writers' Institute

The 20th Annual Writer's Institute will be held March 27-29, 2009, at The Pyle Center, Madison. This inexpensive, three-day conference is for beginning and established writers to improve their craft and meet with agents and publishers.

Highlights include:

Linda Seger, Creating Unforgettable Characters
Les Edgerton, Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go

Beth Bohn, Beth Bohn Management
Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency
Victoria Skurnick, Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management

Special Friday lunch and workshop, honoring Marshall J. Cook
Expanded categories for the Poem or Page Contest
Written manuscript critiques
Critique workshop with Patricia Draznin and Les Edgerton
Enroll for just one day or a combination at a discount

For registration information, click here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bewildering Stories

The webzine Bewildering Stories accepts submissions for experimental or speculative fiction. Even if this is not your typical type of writing, you may want to try it as they will read your submission carefully and provide feedback. While the editors is only their opinion, it is the opinion of a professional.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Fox Cities Book Festival

Celebrate the pure joy of reading and make plans today to attend the Fox Cities Book Festival, which will be held April 14-19, 2009 in various Fox Valley cities.

Highlights include:

10 a.m. Thursday, April 16, Neenah Public Library: Michael Perry. Perry is the author of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time and Truck: A Love Story.

Perry and his band, The Long Beds, will perform FREE at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.

Other guest authors include Elizabeth Berg, Jess Riley, William Sleator, Lesley Kagen, Sherman Alexie and Victoria Houston.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Spring Writers Festival

The Seventh Annual UWM Spring Writers Festival three-day conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers presentations, craft workshops and networking opportunities with writers, agents, editors, and others. Program highlights include sessions with Lori Tharps, Maurice Kilwein Guevara, Keith Donohue, and Liam Callanan. Click here for registration information. Early registration is encouraged: note early-bird rate through Feb 9.

International Opportunity for Writers!

Wisconsin poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction: Here's a chance to live and work in Germany for three months with free lodgings and a generous stipend. The residence is part of the Wisconsin-Hessen sister state relationship. More info and application form can be downloaded here.

Deadline to apply for the August through October residency is March 13, 2009.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Computer Sale

The District of North Fond du Lac is having a computer sale Jan. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Jan. 24 from from 9 a.m. to noon in the Horace Mann Commons, North Fond du Lac.

Computers are $50 each and include monitor, keyboard, mouse, power and connecting cards, CD-Rom and operating system. Most computers are Hewlett-Packard and include at least 512 RAM and a 20 GB to 40 gm hard drive.

Limit of 5 computers per customer; all sales final.

Wis Review Seeking Submissions

Club member and editor of The Wisconsin Review, Hope S. has announced that the publication is currently seeking submissions for its Spring Issue. The Review welcomes poetry, fiction and artwork. Deadline is Feb. 9.

Writing Prompt - Feb. 7

The writing prompt for Feb. 7 is "Let me call you sweetheart."

Use it in a story, poem, essay -- perhaps even a song!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Classes at The Clearing

The Clearing Folk School, Door County, has announced it's 2009 classes; many related to writing. For a list of all classes, please click here.

May 17 - 23 The Process of Writing: Focus on Poetry & Short Prose - Chris Swanberg

May 24 - 30 Poetry Camp: Sending Poetry Into the World - Robin Chapman & Judith Strasser

June 7 - 13 Open Writing Retreat: All Writers Welcome - Judy Bridges

July 12 - 18 Oil Painting - Poetry - Ellen Kort

August 2 - 8 Writing from Your Life - Jerry Apps

August 2 - 8 Weaving a Journal Tapestry - Darlene Cole & Joyce Morrison

August 30 - September 5 The 3-in-1 Writing Workshop - John Lehman

September 13 - 19 Women's Writing Retreat - Judy Bridges

September 27 - Writing Personal Fiction - Sara Rath

Fees for these week-long workshops are:

$825 Dormitory Room Package
$855 Two-Person Room Package
$1195 Single-Person Room Package
$465 Commuter

The one- and two day workshops for 2009 have not been announced yet.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 in the lower level of the Oshkosh Public Library. Dixie is the Spotlight Author and the writing prompt is: "Look out, I just buttered the cat." As always, meetings are free and open to anyone age 17 or older.

New Publishing House

New Hampshire authors Rick DeCost and Bob Griffin are proud to announce the launch of their publishing company and its online presence.

Absent Willow Publishing LLC is an independent book publisher that will provide its readers with high quality stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Its online efforts include The Absent Willow Review. The Absent Willow Review plans to publish fictional stories in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genre while allowing its readers access to the magazine anywhere in the world. Additionally, the Absent Willow Review will publish paperback anthologies from their collected works. “We¹re huge
fans of the genres we publish,” remarked Griffin. “We started this company to find greats works of fiction and to locate the next generation of great writers.” With its online magazine spotlighting new works and its print publications soon to be available through Amazon.com and other retailers, the Company is planning to renew interest in short works of fiction. “For new and established authors of short fiction in the horror or fantasy vein, the market is light,” DeCost added. “We are hoping to change that.” Absent Willow Publishing LLC is located in Rochester,

CONTACT: Rick Decost & Bob Griffin
Absent Willow Publishing LLC
PO Box 66
Rochester, NH 03866

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

sfWP Literary Journal

Check out the web site for the sfWP a literary journal at the following url
http://sfwp.org/archives/270#more-270. Why? Because SFWP.org is the literary journal run by the Santa Fe Writers Project. Founded in 2002, it is home to an eclectic group of authors. Edited by Cate McGowan, the journal's mission is to recognize excellence in writing and provide a voice for the SFWP community. And the author of "24/7" is a member of the Oshkosh Area Writer's Club.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Writing Prompt - Jan. 17

The writing prompt for Jan. 17 is: "Look out, the cat has been buttered."

Use it in a poem, story story, essay, scene or character sketch. Have fun!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Call for Submissions

Greetings and happy holidays from Kaleidotrope!

I hope you're enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to 2009 as much as we are. 2008 was a very good year for Kaleidotrope. We published two issues to favorable reviews -- plus a brief mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror -- and we're very enthusiastic about the stories and poems we have coming down the pipeline in the New Year. Our next issue will be available in April '09, and it promises to be an eclectic mix of mostly fantasy and science fiction, with both returning favorites and new voices for readers to discover. We're always eager to see new submissions, so please do check out our guidelines at the website below or write back for more details. We'd love to hear from you!Finally, a quick reminder that now until December 31 is your last chance to subscribe to Kaleidotrope at the current rate of $16 ($25 int'l). That's four issues of stories, poems and other various tidbits delivered straight to your mailbox twice a year. It's a great way support an independent zine and a terrific assortment of writers. Individual issues are also available. Subscribe now and save!Again, happy holidays. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


Fred CoppersmithEditor, Kaleidotrope