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  • Wed, May 08, 2019 11:42 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Madison, WI, May 8, 2019: The Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA) announced the winners of its annual Wisconsin Public High School Writing Contest. Emily Elfner, from Arrowhead Union High School of Hartland, WI, and Justice Wells of Black Hawk High School in South Wayne, WI, shared first place honors in this year’s competition.

    Emily Elfner won first prize for her piece, “Welcome to Spain”, a vivid description of the Spanish tortilla that fully captures the cultural experience.

    Justice Wells was also named a first prize winner for his essay, “Auschwitz”, a haunting and dramatic commentary on the Nazi death camp.

    Arrowhead Union High School dominated the rest of the competition, taking second and third place prizes. Nicole Larson and Rachel Kriehn were named co-winners of second prize. Joanna Wahmhoff and Jordon Gravelle shared third place honors.

    Jackie Granger, WWA Member and Program Chair of the Youth Committee Member, said, “Student writing is so important. Any time a young person creates a story or an essay, whatever it is, she or he reaches deep inside, going somewhere new and unexpected. It’s a kind of creative magic that occurs in the mind. Such a lovely thing. We’re so pleased to encourage our young writers.”

    In 2020, WWA will again hold its annual statewide writing contest for Wisconsin public high school students, grades 9 through 12. Designed to encourage and nurture students’ creative writing, the contest opens December 1, 2019, closes March 1, 2020.

    Founded in 1948, the Wisconsin Writers Association is a creative community dedicated to the support of writers and authors. WWA sponsors and hosts year-round conferences and events throughout Wisconsin, offering discounts and exclusive resources. The Association aims to share experiences and knowledge while encouraging its members in their pursuit of this most noble art—Develop your craft. Discover resources. Expand your network. Build your audience.  Visit https://wiwrite.org/


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  • Mon, October 22, 2018 11:48 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

    Brookfield, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Writers Association welcomed a new president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer to its executive team during its annual conference in Brookfield on Friday, September 21, 2018.

    The incoming secretary/treasurer is Kim Suhr. Ms. Suhr is the Director of Red Oak Writing and author of Nothing to Lose (Cornerstone Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in various publications, including Pink Panther Magazine, Midwest Review, Stonecoast Review, The Other Stories (podcast) and Family Stories from the Attic (Hidden Timber Books, 2017). Suhr holds an MFA from the Solstice program at Pine Manor College in Boston, where she was the Dennis Lehane Fellow.

    Kymberley Pekrul will serve as the new vice president. Ms. Pekrul is a food and lifestyle blogger and founder of the website G-Free Deliciously. A self-described solopreneur, writer, storyteller, gardener, cook, and history lover, she is devoted to developing and sharing recipes with people seeking to vary, expand, or improve their gluten-free options.

    Barry Wightman will serve as the new president. Mr. Wightman is a novelist, voiceover talent, and award-winning essayist whose work has been featured on WUWM Milwaukee NPR. His first novel, Pepperland (Running Meter Press, 2013), earned a starred review on Booklist and a Silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association in 2013. He is Program Chair for the 2018 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha’s Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. A long-time reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books and past fiction editor of the literary journal, Hunger Mountain, Wightman holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

    Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Wisconsin Writers Association is a nonprofit organization that encourages, educates, supports, and promotes its member writers. For more information about WWA, its members, activities, and publications, visit wiwrite.org.


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Members with news to share are invited to send their announcements to Barb Messick at bjm.writer@gmail.com




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