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

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 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: