Event Calendar



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 Laurel Bragstad   laurel715@att.net. 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 rexowens00@gmail.com)     Thank you.

Red Oak Writing Studio: Writing Roundtables are scheduled at various dates during March, April, May, and June during morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Roundtables 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/

March 11: AllWriters’ Workshop welcomes author Cristina M. R. Norcross, who will talk about gaining a deeper understanding of emotion and expressing emotions in writing. Event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s Café de Art. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, Waukesha, Wi. More information available at www.allwritersworkshop.com or by calling (262) 446-0284.

West Allis Library 2nd Annual Wisconsin Author Festival Saturday, March 25. 1-4 PM, West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave, West Allis, WI. Available spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact westallislibrary@gmail.com for registration forms and fee information.

Mt. Mary University Writers on Writing Series, Monday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Author and poet Chrissy Kolaya will read from her novel, Charmed Particles, and answer questions. Book signing and sale will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Register (for seating) at murrayk@mtmary.edu or call 414-930-3359. Mt. Mary University is located at 2900 North Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee; event held in North Dining Room, Bergstrom Hall. More information here http://calendar.mtmary.edu/cal/main/showMainEnd.rdo

New Berlin Public Library Local Author Fair Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Registration deadline: March 11)  Wisconsin published authors are invited to interact with patrons, talk about their books, and sell their books. Book donations from participating authors are most welcome. Details and registration information here: http://www.newberlinlibrary.org/calendar/?view=EVENT&ID=13288  Questions: Contact Emma J. Cobb, Adult Services Librarian, 262-754-1821

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

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

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.)

Shawano/Menominee Area Student Contest: WWA member John Mutter announces that the Shawano Area Writers Group is now conducting their 11th Shawano/Menominee County Student Writing Contest for students in those counties. The Shawano Area Writers group has published 15 anthologies in the 50 years of their club’s existence—the most recent one celebrates their 50th anniversary and is available on Amazon. You can find out more about SAW here: https://www.facebook.com/Shawano-Area-Writers-646971262039655/ and find their anthology on Amazon here https://www.amazon.com/Shawano-Area-Writers-Anniversary-Anthology/dp/1522878599

Wisconsin Writes Presentation: March 15, 5 p.m. at Mystery to Me Bookstore, Madison. English Language Arts Consultant, Marci Glaus, and special guest authors will be on hand to celebrate the writing process. More info here: https://www.mysterytomebooks.com/events and here: https://dpi.wi.gov/wisconsin-writes

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest for Wisconsin High School Students is looking for essays of 500 words or less based on Aldo Leopold’s essay “The Land Ethic.” Submission deadline March 17. See website for contest details: https://www.aldoleopold.org/teach-learn/partner-programs/leopold-writing-contest/

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/

Here, Here Poetry Contest is looking for original poems that feature downtown La Crosse landmarks or experiences. Winners receive cash, publication, public recognition, a one-page commemorative keepsake, and inclusion in the Hear, Here archive. Submit up to three original poems to: stories@hearherelacrosse.org by March 17, 2017. Info here: http://www.explorelacrosse.com/event/poetry-contest/?instance_id=12731831