Wisconsin Events, Writing Workshops, and Contests
Note: To have a contest or writing event listed, please send prepared announcements showing date, name of event, place, time, cost, contact information, and/or helpful website links that offer further information to Kim Suhr: kim[at]kimsuhr.com. Succinct event announcements are preferred over lengthy descriptive paragraphs. JPG files (photo files) will not be posted on this page except as they appear in a website linked within the event notice. These listings will be removed as event dates pass. (Announcements of personal book launchings or book publishing should be sent to WWA’s Facebook manager at email@example.com) Thank you.
Red Oak Writing Roundtables: Facilitated critique groups meet at various dates, morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Writers register for each 4-meeting, 2-month session. Groups meet in the education wing of Holy Trinity Church, 11709 W. Cleveland Avenue, West Allis, Wi. Check the Red Oak website for details here http://redoakwriting.com/for-adults/roundtable-critique-groups/roundtable-schedule/ Red Oak offers an online option for writers who live outside the Milwaukee metro area: http://redoakwriting.com/online-writers-roundtable/
April 18, 2017: Madison Public Library Foundation “Lunch for Libraries”: Fundraiser will be held at the Overture Center for the Arts. Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo will speak and a a screening of Nobody’s Fool (his 1993 book that was adapted into a film) will be shown. All event proceeds support the annual Wisconsin Book Festival. Registration and more information here: http://mplfoundation.org/events/view/lunch-for-libraries1
April 20: Green Bay — House of the Tomato Poetry Reading, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Reader’s Loft, 2069 Central Court, Green Bay, WI. Featuring Tom Erickson, author of the award-winning chapbook, The Lawyer Who Died in the Courthouse Bathroom; and C. Kubasta, author of two chapbooks, A Lovely Box and &s. More information here: http://www.houseofthetomato.com/poetry-events/2017/4/20/poetry-reading
April 22, Oconomowoc: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Spring Luncheon, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Oconomowoc Lake Club, 4668 Lake Club Circle, Oconomowoc. A full day of instruction, helpful insights, inspiration, and networking with fellow creators. Speakers: Penny Moore, agent at Empire Literary, Alicia Williams, author, Juana Martinez-Neal, illustrator.
Members: $75 Non-members: $105
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Spring Luncheon: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Oconomowoc Lake Club, 4668 Lake Club Circle, Oconomowoc. A full day of instruction, helpful insights, inspiration, and networking with fellow creators. Learn how to strengthen, deepen, and hone your craft by creating richer narratives. Speakers: Penny Moore, agent at Empire Literary, Alicia Williams, author, Juana Martinez-Neal, illustrator Members: $75 Non-members: $105
Shake Rag Alley Writers Retreat, Mineral Point, WI April 28-30 is hosting a 3-day writing retreat with classes in memoir writing, children/YA writing, or short story/novel chapter writing. More info at http://www.shakeragalley.com/writers-retreat
Green Bay “UntitledTown” Book and Author Festival on April 28-30 will be Green Bay’s first-ever Book Festival. Expect a vibrant exchange for readings, panels, craft lectures, and live storytelling for Wisconsin authors and writers from all over the U.S. http://www.untitledtown.com
April 28-29: Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Conference, Park East Hotel, 916 E. State Street, Milwaukee, WI:
Friday: Board meeting, open mic, readings by past and present poets laureate, and passing of the torch from 2016’s poet laureate Kimberly Blaeser to 2017’s poet laureate Karla Huston.
Saturday: One of America’s most acclaimed poets, Mark Doty, will give a special reading on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students. Conference attendees receive free tickets to Doty’s reading. Direct questions to Ed Werstein at firstname.lastname@example.org Registration here: http://www.wfop.org/conference-registration
Point of View: The Basics and Then Some (an online workshop offered by Red Oak Writing) May 1-31 (participants study materials and upload their work on their own schedules). This 4-week class will explore the different points of view and give participants the opportunity to practice what they have learned. Writers will give and receive feedback on short passages of writing. Participants will need an updated version of Flashplayer or its equivalent in order to listen to the recorded lessons. http://redoakwriting.com/for-adults/saturday-writing-workshops/pov-the-finer-points/
Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat, May 7-13: Bookcamp is a six-day workshop for writers with works-in-progress, providing professional advice on today’s rapidly developing publishing field. Writing Retreat is for authors wanting to concentrate on their writing during six days of personal writing time in a tranquil yet energized, writing-focused setting surrounded by writers, editors, and literary agents. Registration fee includes room, board, and all program expenses. Programs held at a 100-acre rural southeast Wisconsin retreat center. More information here: www.novelbookcamp.com, or http://www.facebook.com/NIPBookcamp. Scholarships available.
Lakefly Writers Conference, Oshkosh, May 12-13, 2017: Register before March 31 and save $15. Topics include memoir writing, digital forensics, writing stand-up, creating/maintaining a political blog, self publishing options, writing series fiction, and breaking into the Christian market. Speakers: Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston; and Nickolas Butler (keynote speaker). For more information, click here: http://lakeflywriters.org/registration
WISCONSIN CONTESTS coming up soon: (National contests are listed on the Contest page.)
Bo Carter Contest for fiction, nonfiction, poetry is open from January 1 to April 17, 2017. Sponsored by the Waukesha Writers Workshop. Complete information on prizes and contest guidelines here: https://waukeshawritersworkshop.org/