Thursday, June 02, 2022

Meeting reminder - June 6


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

New members welcome!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Meeting reminder - May 21


The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.
 
New members welcome!

Thursday, May 05, 2022

2022 Lakefly Writers Conference


To preview the program schedule, sign up for a pitch session, read speaker bios and more, click here.

It's not too late to attend; $85 at the door. 

We're here to guide you on your creative journey. What are you waiting for?

Meeting reminder - May 7 meeting canceled

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club meeting for May 7 is canceled as most of us will be at the Lakefly Writers Conference. It's not too late to join us; $85 at the door.  > https://lakeflywriters.org/conference/

Am happy to report we will resume meetings in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library, beginning May 21! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Lakefly Writers Conference: Saturday

It's worth repeating: A fantastic program awaits you at the Lakefly Writers Conference, Friday and and Saturday, May 6-7 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

Saturday opens with the Unlikely Secrets of Literary Success with keynote speaker Dean Robbins. Robbins is an award-winning children’s author and journalist whose nonfiction picture books that have been praised in The New York Times, USA Today, and other publications. As a journalist, Dean has written for USA Today, The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, the Grammys, Wisconsin Public Radio, and dozens of other media outlets, along with serving as editor in chief of the alternative newsweekly Isthmus. He has won state and national awards for arts writing, news writing, and multimedia journalism. Dean also draws on his journalism background to interview the subjects of his books, such as Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean and NASA computer whiz Margaret Hamilton. 

Other programs on the schedule include:

Keeping Your Scenes Afloat, Ryan R. Campbell
Sensing some sink on the page? Is a lack of direction threatening to tear your characters asunder? Then batten down the hatches; you might have a case of scene sink! In this seminar, writers will learn how to keep their scenes above water through the use of goal-oriented storytelling. After collecting all five of the fun floaties of scene structure, enrollees will be more ready than ever to send their manuscripts sailing to greatness!

Building Blocks of a Successful Mystery Series, Patricia Skalka 
Planning a mystery series? Often the first book is the easiest to write! You love your characters and plot, and you want your readers to love them as well. Unfortunately, not every good idea lends itself to a series. In this craft session, we’ll consider the advantages and disadvantages of stand-alone versus series books. We’ll analyze the types of protagonists, settings, themes, and scope that can carry the weight of three, four, or even more books. We’ll also consider the challenges you face when you move past the first book.

Romancing The Story: Ratcheting Emotional Tension Through Romantic Conflict, 
Bobbi Dumas 
Whether you’re writing a classic romance novel or dramatic literary fiction, most storylines benefit from some exploration of the romantic journey. The love story is universally appealing and accessible. Including one in a manuscript can automatically make emotional stakes higher and more conflicted. This workshop will include a quick introduction to “the romance novel” and offer practical tips to adding romantic tension to any work-in-progress, as well as powerful take-aways for creating and maintaining deep-seated character conflict that you can use on any project, love story or not. 

Literary Cabarets, Candace Decker & Ryan Cappleman
Join Candace Decker and Ryan Cappleman through story and song as they celebrate writers, literary influences and inspiring authors in this unique cabaret performance.

Well Begun is Half Done: Successful Story Openings, William Gillard
In this workshop, we'll look at successful short story openings from a variety of genres to discover how to craft an opening so that a reader or editor will want to continue reading after the first page, which is our goal, after all!

Subject Matter Specialty: Firefighting, Greg Renz
What’s it like to respond to a raging fire with children trapped inside and have to make split-second life and death decisions on how best to rescue them? How do you get that emotion along with the chaotic scene onto the page for the reader? With twenty-eight years as an urban firefighter in Milwaukee followed by a ten-year journey to publication of his multi-award-winning novel, Renz will offer insight into writing authentic scenes that keep the reader riveted to the page. 

Building Your Author Platform Before You’ve Written a Book, 
Maggie Smith
Many authors start thinking about book marketing the day they sign with a publisher, but that’s too late. If you hope to get strong traction for your novel, you need to start building your author platform long before, both on social media and in the wider writing community. In this fast-paced interactive workshop, you’ll learn a year-long step-by-step process for doing that, from what to put on an author website when you don’t have a book, to building a network of influencers on social media, and how to score blurbs from well-known authors in your genre. Whether you go indie, or sign with a small or hybrid press, or land an agent and a contract with a major house, you’ll leave with a plan to strategically position yourself in today’s crowded book marketplace.

Essayer is French for “to try.” Christy Wopat
What better way to venture into the unknown than by writing a personal essay? Every time we begin an essay, we have no idea where it is going to take us, only that we can use it to explore and improve the craft of writing and use our words to connect with others. In this workshop, Christy will walk you through the steps of writing a personal essay, from idea building through revision and seeking publication. Attendees will leave with an action plan for next steps and some great resources for publication.

All of this in addition to pitches, the Lakefly Marketplace and writing contest awards ceremony! 

The Lakefly Writers Conference will be held May 6-7 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.  $75 advance registration; includes lunch on Saturday. $85.00 walk-in; does not include lunch. Students save $10 through April 30; use code WRITENOW

For more information or to register, please visit https://www.lakeflywriters.org/

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

Lakefly Writers Conference: Pitches and More!

Let’s start with the “more.” 

On Friday afternoon, Celeste Anton of Dandelion Web Marketing will offer free one-on-one 30-minute consultations to create or improve your existing author website. She can also advise on creating a social media marketing plan and how to maximize Google analytics.

On Saturday, Lakefly offers three options to pitch your idea:

Dan Cramer, founder/agent of Page Turner Literary Agency, will accept pitches for children’s literature - picture through YA, and graphic novels. Prior to opening his own agency, Dan interned and was an associate agent at Flannery Literary, working directly with Jennifer Flannery, agent to the late Gary Paulsen.

Pam Parker, author and Staff Editor, will be representing Orange Hat Publishing | Ten16 Press, a small family-owned and operated indie publisher based in Waukesha, WI. Both publishing houses offer traditional and hybrid contracts depending on content, existing author readership, niche, and potential reach.

WWA Press, represented by Barry Wightman, is looking for Wisconsin-themed original material of good quality that celebrates and explores all walks of life and for all ages, be it historical, fictional, nonfiction, lyrical, or speculative. Family friendly, please.

Sign-up for all four offerings begins at noon on Friday; you can register at the check-in table.

The Lakefly Writers Conference will be held May 6-7 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.  $75 advance registration; includes lunch on Saturday. $85.00 walk-in.

For more information or to register, please visit https://www.lakeflywriters.org/

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Meeting reminder - April 16


The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Oshkosh Public Library, 2nd floor Waters Building. 

New members welcome!

2022 Lakefly Writers Conference: Focus on Friday


A fantastic program awaits you at the Lakefly Writers Conference, May 6-7 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

Check out some of the breakout sessions offered on Friday:


Conquer Writer’s Block, Bailey Hansen
Many authors struggle with writer’s block. This session highlights some core issues (character, plot, life issues) that can cause writing blockages; empowers writers to embrace a messy first draft; and includes practical writing exercises to get those creative juices flowing. 
 
A 10-Step Plan for Self-editing, Nick Chiarkas
As you begin the rewriting process, you also start the editing process. This is the art and the heart of it; this is when you begin to build castles. A poorly edited manuscript is certain death for any legitimate agent or publisher. Learning how to edit your manuscript will not only reduce cost but will improve your skill as a writer. 

Characterization Through Dialogue, John DeDakis
When characters talk to each other, the story moves forward and the reader learns about the speaker. In this class, you’ll learn how to create characters out of thin air and learn the do’s and don’ts of finding the right words to put into their mouths.

Queries 101, Dan Cramer
Learn the ins and outs of writing a query that will capture agents’/editors’ attention. This presentation will help provide you with a guideline of organizing your query for any genre, writing the pitch, and reveal the secret that will help give your query the best possible chance to engage an agent/editor.

Indie Publishing, Christine Keleny
Confused about indie publishing? It’s understandable. Christine will help point you in the right direction by sharing clear steps through the publishing process so you use your money and time wisely. Some of the things you’ll learn include the basic steps to print and ebook publishing; cover design options/recommendations, and definition of common terms: ISBN, PCIP, LCCN/PCN

Venturing into Vella, Kendra Griffin
This session will introduce you to the basics of writing serials for Kindle Vella, will share pros and cons of Vella/serials as compared to writing full-length novels, and will help you decide if Vella is the right platform for you, your work in progress, and your creative process. Tips and strategies for creating engaging author notes and hooking readers will be provided.

After Hours Open Mic, Oshkosh Public Library
7-9 p.m. Under the Dome (Enter through the Washington Avenue doors.)
It’s your turn to take the stage! At After Hours Open Mic, you’ll have five minutes to read your work in front of an audience. Join other writers for a fun night of listening and sharing. Refreshments provided.

The Lakefly Writers Conference will be held May 6-7 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.  $75 advance registration; includes lunch on Saturday. $85.00 walk-in; does not include lunch. Students save $10 through April 30; use code WRITENOW

For more information or to register, please visit https://www.lakeflywriters.org/

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

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Lakefly Writers Conference

Wisconsin’s premiere writing conference is back! The Lakefly Writers Conference offers a quality conference at an affordable price, Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.



Choose from over a dozen workshops on the craft and business of writing designed to inspire and guide your creative journey. 

Programs include:
• Writer’s block
• Query letters
• Writing a series
• Memoir writing
• Instagram
• Plotting your novel
 Building an author brand

Speakers include mystery writer Patricia Skalka, Oshkosh Poet Laurette Thomas Cannon, children’s author Dean Robbins, romance novelist Bobbi Dumas, writing coach John DeDakis and others!

On Saturday, shop the Lakefly Marketplace or pitch your idea for a children’s book to an agent from Page Turner Literary Agency.

What are you waiting for? Only $60 if you register before April 8th. Price includes lunch on Saturday.

The Lakefly Writers Conference is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Meeting reminder - April 2

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Oshkosh Public Library, 2nd floor Waters Building. 

A reminder of our critique guidelines:

Bring 10 copies of your original and unpublished work to share. 

Pieces should take no more than 4 minutes to read aloud; it's suggested that you time yourself prior to the meeting.