Monday, August 22, 2016

New TV Show Features Wisconsin Writers

Congrats to Oshkosh Area Writers Club members Dixie Jarchow and Tom Cannon for launching their television show, “Author Showcase." The show debuted last month on the Oshkosh public access channel, and airs three times a week.

Tom and Dixie hope to use the show as a vehicle to showcase regional authors. Each episode is as unique as the guest author: Omro poet/historian Louis Clark talks about the discrimination he encountered growing up as a Native America -- to Fond du Lac writer/editor Susan Baganz discussing her faith in God, and the role it played in her writing career.

The show’s origins began in 2014, when Tom and Dixie received an Oshkosh Public Library trust fund grant to train on the equipment as then required by Oshkosh Community Media (OCM). Once training was completed, they were allowed to check out the camera equipment and use the in-house editing studio.

In addition to technology training, there were major decisions to make.  The show needed a name, and there was discussion about the show’s format and setting. The easiest part was finding guests, and once they had six episodes taped, they let OCM know the show was ready to air. Not long after, a spot opened up and the show premiered in July. 

Tom and Dixie are both published writers, and understand the writing process as well the challenges of editing, publishing and marketing. They’re comfortable in front of the camera, and neither take themselves too seriously, making for some fun interactions. 

You can find the show on Oshkosh’s public access channel (for Time Warner Cable customers, it will air on Channel 2). Episodes air at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m Saturdays. Be sure to offer your encouragement by friending the show on Facebook and following on twitter (@Author_Showcase). And don't forget to watch!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Author Visit - Jerry Apps

Wisconsin author/historian Jerry Apps will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,  Aug. 9th at the Oshkosh Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.

Apps has written over 35 books and has won numerous awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers and Upper Midwest Booksellers.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Meeting reminder - Aug. 6

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.