Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Meeting reminder - Dec. 16 Holiday Party

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the lower level conference room at the Oshkosh Public Library. This is our annual holiday party so we won't be doing writing critiques. 

Please bring a wrapped White Elephant gift (something in new/good condition that you already own but never use). The White Elephant gift will be used as a writing prompt for the receiver, if that helps you decide what to bring.

Donuts will be provided but others are welcome to bring a snack to share are well. We'll also like to taking a group photo on the second floor where there are Christmas trees for a back-drop.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Meeting reminder - Dec. 2

Yikes! My email contact list has disappeared. This would have been my email, had I been able to send it:

Just a reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Our annual holiday party will be held at the following meeting, Dec. 16. Please bring a wrapped gift (something you already own but never use) for our white elephant gift exchange. The person who receives your gift will use it as the basis of a writing prompt, if that helps you decide what to bring.

Lastly, the Thank Goodness NaNoWriMo is Over party will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the First Floor Reading Room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Finished or not, enjoy some snacks and share your stories.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Congrats Joyce!

Club member Joyce Frohn has been busy! She recently had several pieces published in Page and Spine, including the nonfiction articles  “You Have a Press Pass, Now What,” “How I Fight the Imposter Syndrome,” and “Headliner Writers Headline.”

She also published “Orange Table in the Corner” in Spaceport and Spidersilk, and a short story, “A Most Moral War” in the anthology Love ‘em, Shoot ‘em.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Night of Writing Dangerously - Nov. 18


As part of our NaNoWriMo events, The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will host The Night of Writing Dangerously, Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Oshkosh Public Library. 

The library will be closed to the public but someone will meet you at the door. Refreshments will be provided. 

An excellent opportunity to catch up on your word count and commiserate with other writers!

Meeting reminder - Nov. 18

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. The downtown businesses will be hosting a Grinchmas event so you may want to leave early to allow time for traffic, parking.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Congrats to Louis!

Thrilled to announce member Louis Clark has won the 2017 Midwest Booksellers Association Prize for Poetry, for his book, "How to be an Indian in the 21st Century," published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Upcoming events

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

For those participating in the long-form fiction writing group, the next meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov.  6, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Lastly, for those brave enough to take on National Novel Writing Month, we have an event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the first floor Reading Room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, October 30, 2017

NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party

Join members of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club for our annual NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the first floor Reading Room of the Oshkosh Public Library. 

Come with paper or laptop and be ready to write! Refreshments will be served.

Click here for the full schedule of NaNoWriMo events.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Call for Pitches - UntitledTown Book and Author Festival

The second annual UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be held April 20-22, 2018. They are currently seeking pitches from writers of all genres, agents, editors, arts advocates, illustrators, and book-making folks of all sorts. 

The form is available here: Click here.

They will accept individual pitches as well as suggested panels via this form until November 15, 2017. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct. 26 Program: What is NaNoWriMo?



New to National Novel Writing Month? Join us at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 to learn all about it! We’ll help you register, and provide tips and tricks to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Think you can’t do it? Yes you can!

Meeting will be held in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Hope to see you there!

Click here for a full schedule of NaNoWriMo events.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meeting reminder - Oct. 21

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 in the lower level conference room at the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

National Novel Writing Month Events



National Novel Writing Month is the largest writing project on the planet!  The idea is to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. It's all about quantity, not quality! The Oshkosh Area Writers club is hosting these events to help you along; all ages are welcome to participate. Bring writing supplies/devices; free Wi-Fi available.

What is NaNoWriMo? 
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
Oshkosh Public Library, lower level conference room
We’ll help you register for NaNoWriMo, and give you tips and tricks to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Think you can’t do it? Yes you can!

Kick-off Party
Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.
Oshkosh Public Library, first floor reading room

You’ve committed to writing a novel this month – get off to a great start. Come with paper or laptop and be ready to write! Refreshments will be served.

Thousand Word Thursday
Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.
Oshkosh Public Library, first floor reading room

Tonight’s goal is to write 1,000 words. Maybe you’ll only write 200. The point is, you don’t have to write alone.  Join us for light snacks and heavy whining – then it’s time to start writing!

Night of Writing Dangerously
Saturday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Oshkosh Public Library

At a loss for words? Let us help you with plot ninjas, word sprints and other support.  Hang on tight – it’s a race to the finish during this wild night of writing!  Refreshments will be served.

Note: Library will be closed to the general public.  Use entrance adjacent to the parking lot.

Thank Goodness It’s Over Party
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.
Oshkosh Public Library, first floor reading room

Join your fellow authors in a celebration of your effort, win or lose. Prizes and refreshments.

Events are sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library and the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Local Toastmasters Club Forming

Public speaking is painful, but authors are expected to perform book readings and other speaking engagements. 

If you’re intimidated by speaking to a group, or just want to be a better speaker, Toastmasters is here to help!

An Oshkosh chapter of Toastmasters is forming. An organization meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Center.

Open Mic Night - Tuesday, Oct. 24



Join us for Open Mic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, under the Dome of the Oshkosh Public Library. 

Whether it’s something you wrote at one of our Write Now! writing sessions or a piece you wrote independently, tonight is all about sharing. Not a writer? That's okay! Enjoy the musings our talented area writers.

Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library, in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

M is for Memoir: Free writing series



Explore the art and variations of memoir writing with Deb Martin during a three-session series on Monday mornings. Discussion topics include journal writing, writing styles, the importance of family history, and what to do with what you’ve written.


Mondays, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6: All sessions start at 9 a.m. in the lower level Conference Room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

All ages and skill levels welcome. Attend one session or all three! There will be time to write/share what you’ve written. Please bring your current journal or start fresh with a new one. 

Deb Martin has been journaling for decades and is the author of Daycare Advice from Haley. She works as a private consultant in Oshkosh.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Group Forming: Novel and Screening Writing



Interested in writing a novel or screen play? Let's talk about getting a group together and set up a meeting schedule. 

We're hosting an organizational meeting for  Novel & Screenwriting writers, at 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 14, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

The emphasis will be on creating characterization, and plot and narrative structure. Meetings will focus on individual story and character treatments first, and then later on critiques of members' narrative writing.

Note: The library parking lot is closed for repair but parking is available in the lot on the side of Jefferson Street, and on weekends, in the Human Services lot on the other side of Mount Vernon Street.


Monday, October 09, 2017

Free workshop: Redacted Poetry


Join us for Redacted Poetry at 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 11 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Redacted or Black Out Poetry, is a fun way to create a poem or story. Using a page from a newspaper, book or magazine, "black out" all of the words that you don't need, and leave only the words that tell your story. All ages and skill levels welcome. Pages and markers will be provided.

Note: The Library parking lot is closed due to resurfacing and widening of the stalls. Parking is available in the lot across Jefferson Street, and, after business hours, in the Human Services lot, on the other side of Mount Vernon St.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Meeting reminder - Oct. 7

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the lower level conference room at the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.

Need something to do in the next week or two? Check out these club-sponsored events. All are free and take place in the lower level of the Oshkosh Public Library; all ages and skill levels welcome!

Drabbles - Make Every Word Count
Thurs., Oct. 5; 3 p.m.
Practice making every word count by condensing the essence of a story down to a 100-word work of fiction. Prompts provided for inspiration.

Redacted Poetry
Wed., Oct. 11; 6 p.m.
Redacted or Black Out Poetry, is a fun way to create a poem or story. Using a page from a newspaper, book or magazine, "black out" all of the words that you don't need, and leave only the words that tell your story. Pages and markers will be provided.

Novel & Screenwriting (Organizational meeting)
Sat., Oct. 14; 10 a.m.
Interested in writing a novel or screen play? Let's talk about getting a group together and set up a meeting schedule. The emphasis will be on creating characterization, and plot and narrative structure. Meetings will focus on individual story and character treatments first, and then later on critiques of members' narrative writing.

M is for Memoir Writing Series

Explore the art and variations of memoir writing with Deb Martin during a three-session series on Monday mornings. Discussion topics include journal writing, writing styles, the importance of family history, and what to do with what you’ve written.


Session will be held on Mondays, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and start at 9 a.m. in the lower level Conference Room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

All ages and skill levels welcome. Attend one session or all three! There will be time to write/share what you’ve written. Please bring your current journal or start fresh with a new one.  

Deb Martin has been journaling for decades and is the author of Daycare Advice from Haley. She works as a private consultant in Oshkosh. You can learn more about her at DeborahAnnMartinWriting.com

Sponsored by the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

New Oshkosh area writing group for novelists, screenwriters

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club is looking at adding a subgroup of the writers club for long fiction writers (novelists, screen play writers). Description is below:

Novel and Screenwriting: Organizational Meeting
10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library

An organizational meeting for those interested in writing a novel or screen play. The main purpose of this meeting is to see if there is interest, and if so, set up a meeting schedule. The emphasis of meetings will be on creating characterization, and plot and narrative structure. Meetings will focus on individual story and character treatments first, and then later on critiques of members' narrative writing.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Write Now: Poetry Out In Nature


Join us for Poetry Out in Nature at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Bring your outdoor experiences to the page! We'll do field work, then return to write and discuss our work. Led by award-winning writer Lynn Kuhns of Winneconne. 



This is part of the Write Now! series of fun writing sessions designed to jump start your creative motor. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring writing supplies/devices (free wi-fi available). 

Sponsored by the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Write Now: The Prose and Poetry of Twitter and Other Social Media



Join us for the The Prose and Poetry of Twitter and Other Social Media at 
6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Description: Poems that fit within the constraints of 172 characters are an actual type of poetry.  In this session, we will create twitter poems and post them. However, tweets are a demanding medium for all writing. Bring snippets of thoughts, ideas and things you want to say and we will pare them down to 172 characters or less. You do not need a Twitter account to participate! Hosted by Oshkosh author and social media maven Tom Cannon.

This is part of the Write Now! series of fun writing sessions designed to jump start your creative motor. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring writing supplies/devices (free wi-fi available). 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Upcoming Area Book Festivals and Writer Conferences

Upcoming Book Festivals and Writer Conferences:

Wisconsin Writers Association Fall Conference
Oct. 6 - 7, Neenah
Website: https://wiwrite.org/conference/

Programs include Poetry and Social Change, Writing for the Christian Market, Flash Nonfiction: The Art of the Short Eassay; Crafting Memoir,  and The Audacity of Writing Children’s Books. $90 for members; $100 for non-members.

Fox Cities Book Festival
Oct. 9 - 15, various locations
Website: http://foxcitiesbookfestival.org

The 2017 festival will place in the fall, for the first time.  Speakers include Nicholas Butler, Benjamin Percy, Leslie Kagen, Jerry Apps, and Karla Huston.  All events are free and open to the public.

Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Oct. 16 - 27, various locations
Website: http://www.cvbookfest.org

Speakers include Pulitzer Prize winer Matthew Desmon and Nicholas Butler, author of The Hearts of Men. Other programs include Writing Your Wisconsin Life with Patti See, The Poetry of Memory with Max Garland and Karla Huston, and a Young Writers Showcase.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Author Showcase: Carmen Leal


Dixie Jarchow and Tom Cannon host author Carmen Leal on this segment of Author Showcase. Leal talks about how she came to write about Huntington's and the steps she takes to effectively market her book. Her story has helped many people impacted by Huntington's. That is why her tips on effectively market your book can help you get your writing into the hands of readers. 



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Write Now: Finding the Voice in Your Writing



Join us for the second workshop in the Write Now! series, Finding the Voice in Your Writing. Editors want it. Readers buy it. You can recognize it when you read others’ works. But how do you get it? Led by Dixie Jarchow, local romance writer and co-host of Author Showcase.

The free program is open to writers of all ages and skill levels. It will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Meeting reminder: Sept. 16

A quick reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older; all skill levels are welcomed. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Author Showcase: Louis Clark

A great discussion with Omro author Louis V. Clark about how his life has changed since his book, How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, published by The Wisconsin Historical Society Press.


The program is hosted Dixie Jarchow and Tom Cannon.







Saturday, September 09, 2017

Write Now! Program Series


Join us for these fun writing sessions designed to jump start your creative motor. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring writing supplies/devices (free wi-fi available). Programs will be held in the lower level conference room unless stated otherwise.

How to Get Yourself  to Write
6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13
Discussion and hands-on explorations of motivation, setting goals, writing techniques and styles... the when, how… and... just do it!  Led by Lynn Kuhns, an award-winning writer currently residing in Winneconne.

Finding the Voice in Your Writing 
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19
Editors want it.
Readers buy it.
You can recognize it when you read others’ works.
But how do you get it?

Led by Dixie Jarchow, local romance writer and co-host of Author Showcase.

The Prose and Poetry of Twitter and Other Social Media

6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25

Poems that fit within the constraints of 172 characters are an actual type of poetry.  In this session, we will create twitter poems and post them. However, tweets are a demanding medium for all writing. Bring snippets of thoughts, ideas and things you want to say and we will pare them down to 172 characters or less. You do not need a Twitter account to participate! 

Led by Thomas Cannon, fiction writer, poet and co-host of Author Showcase.

Write Your Memoir in One Hour

3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27
It’s not a joke; at the end of today’s session, you will have written your life story. How is that possible? Attend and see! Open to all ages and skill levels – bring something to write with!

Poetry Out in Nature

6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2

Bring your outdoors experiences to heart. We'll do field work (observations), then return to write about it and discuss our work. Explore the why and how to write about nature. Open to all ages and skill levels. 

Led by Lynn Kuhns, an award-winning writer currently residing in Winneconne.

Drabbles - Making Every Word Count

3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5
A drabble is a short work of fiction consisting of 100 words. Practice making every word count, by condensing the essence of a story down into only 100 words. Prompts will be provided for inspiration.

Redacted Poetry

6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11
Redacted Poetry, also known as Black Out Poetry, is a fun way to create a poem or story. Using a page from a newspaper, book or magazine, you’ll "black out" all of the words that you don't need, and leave only the words that tell your story. Pages and markers will be provided.

Write Now! Open Mic 

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19
Whether it’s something you wrote at one of our writing sessions, or a piece you wrote independently, tonight is all about sharing. Hosted by the Oshkosh Area Writers Club; refreshments will be served. Under the beautiful Library Dome.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Author Showcase: Deb Martin

Oshkosh author Deb Martin discusses her  book Daycare Advice From Haley. In this picture book, her granddaughter gives advice to other children attending daycare for the first time. She talks about idea for the book and the process of getting her book published. 

She also talks about her work with organizations trying to stop sex trafficking on the Highway 41 corridor. The program is hosted by Tom Cannon and Dixie Jarchow.



Thursday, September 07, 2017

Write Now: How to Get Yourself to Write


Join award-winning writer Lynn Kuhns for How to Get Yourself  to Write 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the lower level conference room at the Oshkosh Public Library.

Discussion and hands-on explorations of motivation, setting goals, writing techniques and styles... the when, how… and... just do it!  

This program is part of the Write Now! a series of fun writing sessions designed to jump start your creative motor. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring writing supplies/devices (free wi-fi available). 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Meeting Reminder - Sept. 2

Just a reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.

For those who skip the meeting, enjoy the holiday weekend!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Meeting reminder - Aug. 5

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.

Note: downtown will be busy with the Farmers Market so plan accordingly.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Poetry reading - July 25

Free poetry event at the Oshkosh Caramel Crisp and Cafe at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. 

Doug Flaherty
Hear Doug Flaherty read. An open mic will follow where participants may read a poem of their own or one that they love. 

Doug Flaherty’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Harvard Review, North American Review, and scores of other journals. He has published five full-length books and half a dozen chapbooks. He co-founded Road Apple Review which received two National Endowment grants. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Meeting Reminder - July 15

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Meeting reminder: July 1


The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave.  

As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older. Check us out!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meeting reminder: June 3

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Meetings are free and open to writers age 17 and older. 

Writers of any genre, and all skill levels are welcomed. Check us out!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Upcoming Wisconsin Writing Conferences

Check out some upcoming events for Wisconsin writers:


Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and RetreatJune 26-30, Madison.
Expanded slate of 14 topics including Picture Book writing.

Green Lake Christian Writers Conference, Aug. 6-10, Green Lake.
Faculty includes Hannah Kallio, Dr. Tom Nebel and Dr. Katherine Wilson.


Writers' Police Academy, Aug. 10-13, Green Bay.

Guest of Honor is Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels, which are the basis for Longmire, the hit Netflix original drama, now filming its 6th season.

Wisconsin Writers Association Fall Conference, Oct. 6-7, Neenah.
Details coming soon!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Meeting Reminder: Sat., May 19

A quick reminder that the Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Oshkosh Today: Lakefly Writers Conference

Pre-registration for the Lakefly Writers Conference has ended but walk-ins are welcomed! $70; lunch in our own. Still a bargain!




Friday, May 05, 2017

Author Visit - Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler will be at the Oshkosh Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11. The event is free and open to the public!


Nickolas Butler
Butler is the author of the internationally-best selling novels Shotgun Lovesongs, and The Hearts of Men; the latter of which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards. He is a multi-award winner and his work has been translated into 13 languages.  Along the way, he has worked as: a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort. His itinerant work includes: potato harvester, grape picker, and Christmas tree axe-man. His short stories, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in: Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Lumberyard, The Christian Science Monitor, Narrative, Sixth Finch, and several other publications.

He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children. Find more at nickolasbutler.com

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Meeting Reminder - May 6

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Oshkosh Public Library.

Also, pre-registration for the Lakefly Writers Conferences ends on Friday. Price is $60 and includes lunch on Saturday. Nickolas Butler is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Jerome Buting, Steven Avery's ex-attorney; Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston; and our very own Louis Clark, who recently had a memoir published by the Wisconsin Historical Society. A complete schedule of speakers is at http://lakeflywriters.org

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Meeting Reminder - April 15

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. As always, meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older.

Also, the deadline to register for the Lakefly Writers Conference is fast-approaching. Late additions to the schedule include Oshkosh children's author Pat Zietlow Miller, and Jerome Buting, ex-lawyer for Steven Avery of "Making a Murderer" fame. The complete schedule of speakers is here: Lakefly 2017 Conference Schedule

Cost is only $60 for the entire conference and includes lunch on Saturday.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Lakefly Writers Conference: Focus on Self-Publishing

Thinking about self-publishing? The Lakefly Writers Conference, May 12-13 in Oshkosh, has some great offerings to get your book off to a successful start!


Mary T. Wagner
Children’s author Mary T. Wagner will share her (mis)adventures in self-publishing on Friday afternoon.  Part nuts-and-bolts advice about publishing, part savvy and joyous perspective about the fun and opportunities to be had as a self-published author, Wagner shares the good, the bad, and the stuff she learned the hard way.


Wayne Breitbarth
LinkedIn expert Wayne Breitbarth will show you the ins-and-outs of how to use LinkedIn to network yourself and sell more books. Breitbarth, author of The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success, will discuss the many features of LinkedIn and how to use all of them to your advantage. Also a great workshop for those who are already working with a publisher!


Brea Behn
Also on Friday, Brea Behn will help authors find the ideal book cover -- without spending a fortune – and advise writers on how to create a concise book summary and author bio that is sure to entice new readers. Those considering self-publishing will not want to miss this workshop!

On Saturday, there will be a panel discussion on book reviews and why they matter. An excellent workshop choice for both those who self-publish and authors working with a traditional publisher. You’ll learn how reviews boost your rankings on sites such as Amazon and GoodReads, how to handle bad reviews, and much more!. Bring your questions for the Q&A session.

To round out the topic, Kristen Bratonja from Orange Hat Publishing will led a 90-minute
Kristen Bratonja
workshop on publishing options.  Bratonja will cover the pros and cons of the major types of publishing - traditional, vanity, self, and indie - to help authors better navigate this increasingly complex industry and to help them decide which option may be best for them. She will also cover some of the major publishing scams and tips on how to avoid them.


Considering self-publishing? By the end of the conference, you should be able to decide if this option is right for you and how to successfully package and promote your self-published book.


The Lakefly Writers Conference is May 12-13 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Registration is $60 and includes lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, please click here.

The conference is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library and Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club. 

If you would like to a sponsor for this annual event, please contact Ruth Percey at the Oshkosh Public Library: percey@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org Donations can be also made to the Oshkosh Foundation – Oshkosh Public Library Programming Fund.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Author Visit - Karla Huston

Meet Karla Huston, Wisconsin's Poet Laureate, for poetry and conversation. 
6 p.m. Monday, April 10 at the Oshkosh Public Library.

Karla Huston
Karla Huston is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry, the latest Grief Bone, and a full collection of poetry, A Theory of Lipstick.  Her work has garnered many awards, including a prestigious Pushcart Prize for the poem Theory of Lipstick. She received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, and three Jade Ring awards from Wisconsin Writers’ Association. Huston lives and teaches poetry in Appleton.

The event is free and open to the public.

Lakefly Writers Conference: Focus on Mystery/Crime

The Lakefly Writers Conference, May 12-13, offers several workshops of interest to mystery/crime writers.


Beth Amos
On Friday, catch the Key Elements of Suspense, with Beth Amos. Readers might recognize Amos better by her pseudonym, Allyson K. Abbott , author of the  “Mack’s Bar” mystery series, which takes in Milwaukee and features a heroine with heightened senses due to a neurological disorder.

Using the analogy of a poker game, Amos will walk writers through the steps of creating suspense by asking five key questions that will teach you how to use vibrant settings, vivid characters, and varying points of view to create conflict and keep those pages turning. Learn how to ramp up the stakes and avoid common writing mistakes to assure a winning writing hand. Appropriate for any genre.

On Saturday morning, Jerome Buting, ex-attorney for Steve Attorney, will talk about
Jerome Buting
writing his book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System


A first-time author, Buting said “I wish I had come to this event last year. I would have learned a great deal!”

Buting will share the challenges he faced in writing the book from his perspective as a novice writer, as well as the ins-and-outs of working with a major publisher.

Lastly, Detective Jeremy Wilson will guide writers through the world of digital forensics. The 90-minute Digital Forensics workshop will include the recovery and investigation of material found on digital devices such as computers and phones, as well as material posted on social media sites, as a means to gather evidence and solve crimes. Topics include the process of retrieving information, and the legalities of collecting digital information.


These presentations are only three of over a dozen workshops to help you master the craft and business of writing, regardless of your skill level or genre.

The Lakefly Writers Conference is May 12-13 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Registration is $60 and includes lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, please click here.

The conference is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library and the Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library, in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

If you would like to be a sponsor for this annual event, please contact Ruth Percey at the Oshkosh Public Library: percey@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org Donations can be also made to the Oshkosh Foundation – Oshkosh Public Library Programing Fund.