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 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 Why? Because 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