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“A good book isn't written, it's rewritten.”

- Phyllis Whitney

Hey {Contact_First_Name},

Happy September!

Check out everything Wisconsin Writers Association 
has to offer this month! 

    WWA President’s Message
    August 2020

    Had another free WWA Open Mic night last week – great attendance, wonderful writing. You know, hearing writers read their stuff is a tonic for the soul. Heartening, encouraging, and entertaining. But this session had the added attraction of the wonderful memoirist and teacher Sue Roupp delivering a short workshop on point of view. We’ll be doing more of these open mics in the months ahead – keep an eye out.

    Coming up fast – save the dates:

     September 24, 7:30 – 9 PM. Jade Ring Writing Contest Gala, in which all Jade Ring and WWA High School Writing contest winners read from their winning entries. Formal attire is encouraged! C’mon…it’s a Zoom, let’s lively up ourselves.

    October 3, 9 AM to 1 PM. WWA Fall Conference. It’s our No Conference Rooms, No Interstates Conference, all Zoom naturally. We’ve got a fabulous line-up, and since it’s virtual and inexpensive, you simply must be there. Details here: https://wiwrite.org/event-3948511

    If you’d like to help WWA support writers across this big state, let me know. Get in touch. And keep on writing.


    Share your pride in WWA 

    Download badges to include in your email signature and other areas where you want to tell the world about your associations. Visit the WWA website to download your badge.

    Ready to be a Member of the Board?

    WWA, a registered 501(c)3, is managed by a Board of Directors.  Board members focus on policy and the goals of the mission to support Wisconsin writers as they achieve their own writing goals.  If interested, contact Barry Wightman, barrywightman9@gmail.com. Not ready for the board, consider other volunteer opportunities.

    Next Board Meeting September 2, 2020; 10:30 am conference call. Members are welcome to join as observers. For more information, contact Kymberley Pekrul.

    Promote and Support Wisconsin Authors!

    Order Your Copy of the WWA Creative Wisconsin Anthology Today!

    Contests and Submission Opportunities

    We've updated our contest and submission page on the website! Make sure to check it out. 

    Book Review

    Julia Knipfer keeps readers flirting with danger and romance in her historical serial, By the Light of the Moon. Silver Moon was released in June.

    Silver Moon, by Jenny Knipfer

    Historical inspiration fiction, 409 pp

    Published August 11, 2020, Vine Leaves Press

    The third book in Knipfer’s By the Light of the Moon series draws the reader into World War One on the European front and at home in Webaashi Bay, Canada. Although this story stood alone quite well, readers will be intrigued to see how the family drama developed in the first two stories plays out. This story felt comfortable for a first-time reader to the author, more like being welcomed by new friends. The setting, a time of need, camaraderie and survival, brings the large cast and reader together. I enjoy history, and Knipfer’s research and literary replay put me in place in Canada and the trenches of France and Belgium.

    Read the full review here.

    Thank you again to our dedicated team of book reviewers. If you’re interested in becoming a reviewer or would like to see a review of a WWA member book, please check the guidelines under the Blog-Book Reviews tab at https://wiwrite.org/book-reviews or email me, lisalickel@yahoo.com

    Member News:

    Got news? Email Julia Nusbaum by September 20th to share your news in the next brief. 

    On Friday, August 7, Tom & Debbi King's folk band, HALLBJORN, presented their newest, original Northland adventure music & poetry at Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center "Music on the Docks". This unique LWPAC concert, created for safe distancing of all, was held in Solon Springs, WI, on Upper St. Croix Lake. Five bands, each situated on docks at the north end of the lake,  played as boats of music lovers toured to each. Wordy, musical fun!    Debbi and Tom live and write in Solon Springs, and are members of Wisconsin Writers Association and Lake Superior Writers. 

    Author Katey Schultz Honored with Two Book Awards. Schultz’s new novel Still Come Home was recently awarded Forward INDIES Book of the Year in the Adult General Fiction category. Loyola University Maryland's Apprentice House Press is pleased to announce that Schultz has won another prestigious award, being named a Finalist in the 14th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.

    Laurel Bragstad’s novel, In the Comfort of Shadows, is featured in the newly published, Eat, Read & Dream Cookbook, by Geraldine J. Clouston and Susan Weintrob of indieBRAG (Book Readers Appreciation Group). Their glossy, full-color cookbook has 190 pages of award-winning books that have also earned the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Recipes were developed according to each book’s storyline, characters, location, or main focus. Book genres include: children’s, fantasy, historical fiction, horror/paranormal, literary fiction, middle grade, mystery, non-fiction, romance, science fiction, and thriller. Recipes include appetizers, breads, desserts, drinks, fish and other main course items, salads, soups, vegetable dishes, and even a dog treat recipe.  The cookbook is available on Amazon.

    Diana Randolph, Drummond, had one drawing and one poem published in The Thunderbird Review– an anthology of Fond du Lac Tribal & Community Collegea poem published in Red Cedar, an annual journal of the arts and literature of UW – Eau Claire – Barron County, two haiku poems published in The Ashland Daily Press, one poem accepted for a word challenge contest held by Forest Lodge Library in Cable and published on their website, then read on WOJB-FM by a radio announcer.

    Kerri Lukasavitz's Oak Lane Stable Adventures trilogy, Gray Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 2), has been published by Three Towers Press, an imprint of HenschelHAUS Publishing and is due to be released September 1st. Kira Henschel will also now publish Mystery Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 1) - a fully revised Second Edition. Preorder book 2 here

    Write a story from the different perspectives of two people meeting for a blind date. 

    Write a poem about the moment day becomes night. 

    Editors Note: The WWA NewsBrief is about member accomplishments, writing events, and contests. It is delivered at the end of each month. If you have news for the October issue please send it to the editor, by September 20th. Thank you.

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