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 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 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

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.