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"Write until your fingers break. It may be the cure for everything." 

- Kelly O'Connor McNees

Hey {Contact_First_Name},

Happy November!

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

    Working on a novel? 

    Ready for more? 

    WWA is funding two $500 grants to send two WWA members to the 2021 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat. 

    Get all the details and apply here. 

    WWA President’s Message
    October 2020

    First things first. Vote. Please be sure to get out there and vote. Early, mail-in, or on Election Day itself, November 3. Maybe you’ve already done it. But whatever you do, vote. It’s our duty as citizens. 

    Here’s a WWA news flash - two members of the Wisconsin Writers Association will receive financial assistance to attend one of the marvelous Wisconsin-based Novel-In-Progress Bookcamps in 2021. WWA will provide two $500 grants to help two members participate in this great Wisconsin writing program.

    My good friend, NIP Director Dave Rank says, "Each Bookcamp workshop is led by professional and award-winning novelists, professional book editors, and literary agents. The May All-Genre Bookcamp is open to any writer of a book-length fiction or creative nonfiction."  The August Bookcamp is devoted to speculative fiction.

    Now, each grant will partially pay the enrollment fee for a qualifying WWA member to attend one of the two NIP Bookcamps, each a six-day writing workshop, scheduled for May and August in 2021. Details on how to apply may be found here.

    If I were you, I’d go for it. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2021.

    In other news, the October 22 Open Mic was a huge hit. Great writers reading their stuff. Like I always say – it’s good for the soul, great sense of community. Look for another Open Mic in December and throughout 2021. Also, top-notch workshops for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, are on the way. It’s what we do.

    Keep 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 November 5, 2020; 10:30 am conference call. Members are welcome to join as observers. For more information, contact Kymberley Pekrul.

    Events to Check Out

    Nonfiction Writers Conference Nov. 12 & 13. Use Code Partner33 to get 33% off. 

    HerStry Writers' Conference Jan. 30, 2021

    Novel In Progress Bookcamp and Retreat  May 23-29, 2021

    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(s)

    Greetings from the WWA Book review team. We were thrilled with a record number of review requests this past month from WWA’s numerous talented authors. Some of the authors and stories are new to us, and some are veterans, such as the venerable Door County Poet, John Manesis.

    Minnesota Underground: a guide to Caves & Karst, Mines & Tunnels, 2nd ed.

    Doris Green, and Greg Brick, PhD, reviewed by Lisa Lickel

    Green and Brick introduce the several dozen adventures to explore by inviting the reader to experience being there, from the approach to the cave, museum, or mine’s entrance to sharing certain features inside of each. Brief history, excellent facts and concise directions accompany each of the sites. Read the full review here.

    Tails & Tales, cat poems by John Manesis, reviewed by Bill Mathis

    “Author John Manesis produced a book of cat poems that are humorous, thought provoking, sad, and hit all my emotions.” Read the full review here.

    Heartbreaking: when your child is addicted by Dawn P, reviewed by Doris Green

    “Dawn’s story…inspires an ongoing hope for the future. Above all, this is a story of growth and forgiveness.” Read the full review here

    Bringing Jade Home, The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone Park by Michelle Caffrey, and the companion children’s story, Finding Jade, reviewed by Kerri Lukasavitz

    “Imagine not only sustaining severe injuries and surviving a horrible crash with a pickup truck inside Yellowstone National Park…but to also be awakened from a cell phone call in the hospital…from the park ranger telling you your beloved dog…bolted out of its broken plastic crate from the back of your destroyed SUV…”

    Read the full reviews here & here.

    Thank you again to our dedicated team of book reviewers. Welcome to our newest reviewers Doris and Michelle! If you like to read and would be able to help us out by reading one or more books a year in your favorite genre and write up a review, please check the guidelines under the Blog-Book Reviews tab at https://wiwrite.org/book-reviews or email me, lisalickel@yahoo.com. To our members who would like to have their book reviewed, again, please check the guidelines and send me the requested information. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Be sure to check out the new line up of craft classes being offered by Red Oak Writing. WWA members receive a discount! 

    Click here to access the class list. 


    WWA now has a private Facebook group where you can interact with other members, find submission opportunities and more.

    Join here. 

    Member News:

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

    Julia Gimbel's Book, “Student, Sailor, Skipper, Survivor - How WWII Transformed the Lives of Ordinary Americans” received the Silver Medal in the History category from the Military Writers Socieyt of America. Read the review here

    Tom Malin's Short Story The Ash Wednesday War of 1960 has been accepted for the 69th edition of Rosebud next June.

    Vickie Youngquist-Smith, writing under the name Victoria Lynn Smith, placed second in the 2020 Hal Prize Contest for fiction with her story "Silent Negotiations." Read it here.

    Katey Schultz Monthly Mentorship Program. If you have an existing, strong relationship with writing and know you learn best with accountability, professional support, and structure–you’ll thrive in Monthly Mentorship. This program takes writers through a uniquely immersive process to become a better writer and deepen their engagement with the practice of writing. Program includes monthly Integration Assignments, Office Hours, and Master Classes. Join an unforgettable group of writers and become your own best editor, for life. 

    Pro bono consults to discuss your needs are offered to all Wisconsin Writers members. Email Katey at katey.schultz@gmail.com to schedule, or go to straight to the application, here: www.kateyschultz.com/monthly-mentorship/.

    You decide to buy a big school bus and travel the country. You post an ad asking if anyone would like to join you. You are surprised by the characters who show up. 

     Start your poem with the last text message you sent. 

    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 November issue please send it to the editor, by October 20th. Thank you.

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    “That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.”

    ― Kelly Barnhill

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