Wisconsin Events, Writing Workshops, and Contests
Note: To have a contest or writing event listed, please email prepared announcements showing date, name of event, place, time, cost, contact information, and/or helpful website links that offer further information to WWA Board Member, Kim Suhr at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Subject: WWA Website) 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 Board Member Rex Owens, who manages the WWA Facebook page, 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. (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
- Feb 3, 2018: Write On, Door County: WORDPLAY 101: Finding the Courage to Write While Having Fun with Sharon Auberle. Registration required. http://writeondoorcounty.org/events/2018-02-03
- Feb 5, 2018: Writers on Writing at Mount Mary University (Milwaukee): Jeanette Hurt (Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat.) and Jim Higgins (Wisconsin’s Literary Luminaries). Author reading, Q & A and Book Signing, Free
- Feb 10, 2018: Mining Your Characters (West Allis). Use art activities to get inside your characters (real or imagined) and spark your creativity. Presented by Red Oak Writing. Registration required. http://redoakwriting.com/for-adults/saturday-writing-workshops/mining-your-characters-through-art/
- Feb 12, 2018: Romance Writers’ Panel (Milwaukee): Presented by the Wisconsin chapter of the Romance Writers of America, featuring Sonali Dev, author of A Distant Heart, Lori Handeland, author of Dead Too Soon, Ann Voss Peterson, author of Beauty and the Bounty Hunter, Jennifer Rupp, author of Tying the Scot, and reviewer and founder of Read-a-Romance Month, Bobbi Dumas Boswell Books. Free.
- Mar 17, 2018: Read Like a Writer (West Allis). Learn how to turn the books you read into writing instructors. Presented by Red Oak Writing. Registration required. http://redoakwriting.com/for-adults/saturday-writing-workshops/read-like-a-writer/
- Mar 25, 2018: Author Reading and Book Signing (Milwaukee): Patricia Ann McNair, author of And These Are the Good Times: A Chicago Gal Riffs on Death, Sex, Life, Dancing, Writing, Wonder, Loneliness, Place, Family, Faith, Coffee, and the FBI, Yvonne Stephens, author of The Salt Before It Shakes, and Carol Wobig, author of The Collected Stories, Presented by Boswell Books cosponsored by Red Oak Writing. Free
Apr 6-8, 2018: Children’s Literature Conference. (Fish Creek) Presented by Write On, Door County.
Apr 11, 2018: Writers on Writing at Mount Mary University (Milwaukee): Christopher Mohar (The Denialist’s Almanac of American Plague and Pestilence) Author reading, Q & A and Book Signing. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Free.
- Apr 14, 2018: Strong Sentences, Strong Writing (West Allis): Explore how attention to sentences affects the work as a whole. Presented by Red Oak Writing. Registration required. http://redoakwriting.com/for-adults/saturday-writing-workshops/strong-sentences-strong-writing/
- Apr 20 – 22, 2018: Untitled Town Book and Author Festival. (Green Bay) Promoting all aspects of book culture. Free.
- Apr 27-28, 2018: Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Spring Conference (Osh Kosh). Registration Required.
- May 20-26, 2018: Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat (West Bend): Held at the 100-acre Cedar Valley Retreat Center in southeast Wisconsin, the conference offers two programs for writers: a residential Bookcamp workshop to assist you in preparing a book-length manuscript for publication and a residential writing retreat surrounded by supportive fellow writers, publishing professionals to consult and a possible setting for writing-rlated discussion. The Bookcamp and Writing Retreat are open to writers of any genre.
This year’s staff and visiting presenters:
Staff: Novelist and writing instructor SJ Rozan; novelist and book editor Lisa Lickel; publisher, author, and book editor Philip Martin.
Presenters: Acquiring editor Terri Bischoff, novelist Alex Bledsoe; literary agents Jennie Goloboy and Erik Hane. https://www.novelbookcamp.com