Self Publishing Basics: A Wisconsin Book Festival Event
Self publishing need not be a solitary pursuit. Join a team of librarians and local published authors for an information- packed workshop that will introduce you to the basics of self publishing online and prepare you for the road ahead.
Saturday, Dec 14, 1-3 pm at Madison Central Library
The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune has an story about the fall conference. Read it here.
Wisconsin Writers Association elects Board of Directors and Officers
Three new directors were elected to the Board of Directors by the
membership of the Wisconsin Writers Association during the WWA’s The Writer’s Life
Conference Sept. 27-29, 2013.
Joining the Board are Adam Binash, poet from La Crosse; Nancy Jesse, author and writing
instructor from Madison; and Jackie Granger, author from West Bend. They were elected to
Re-elected to their second three-year terms on the Board were Nancy Rafal, poet from Baileys Harbor; and Jan Jenson, novelist from Gordon.
They were elected during the WWA’s Annual Membership Session held Saturday, Sept. 28,
conducted as part of the association’s fall conference at the Hotel Mead & Conference Center in Sunday, Sept. 29, the 14 directors on the board elected their officers for 2013-2014: President, David Rank, journalist and author from West Bend; Vice President, Jan Jenson, novelist from Gordon; Treasurer, Keith Schroeder, re-election, author from Menasha.
Rank, who had been WWA Vice President the past four years, replaced poet LaMoine
MacLaughlin of Amery, as President. McLaughlin continues as a director. Also continuing as
directors are Sally Bair, writer from Washburn; Mary Jacobsen, writer from Webster; Karin
Schmidt, writer from Eagle River; Susan Engebrecht, writer from Wausau; Greg Peck, journalist and author from Janesville; and Robert LeHew, outdoor writer from Crivitz.
The WWA Spring Conference will be held in the La Crosse area May 2-3, 2014 with the next Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 3-5, 2014 at the Hotel Mead & Conference Center.
Founded in 1948, The Wisconsin Writers Association is a nonprofit volunteer service
organization that promotes the literary community of Wisconsin through its conferences, writing contests, Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, and other programs.
Jade Ring Result Announcement
Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s Jade Ring contest. We had over 200 entries for the six categories. The places were announced and awards given out at the special Jade Ring Banquet held at the Mead Hotel and Conference on Saturday night, September 28 during our WWA Fall Conference. Thank you to our judges: Marilyn Taylor, former poet laureate of Wisconsin, and Jenny Post and Terri Sorenson of Orange Hat Publishing, Milwaukee. Watch for the opening and explanation of the Spring Contests soon. We invite you to visit and use the WWA forums for critique and feedback of your entries prior to submission for future contests. The forums can be accessed from the main page of our WWA website at http://www.wiwrite.org.
First - Dorothy Loftus, Tick Tock
Second– Susan Engebrecht, A Promise
Third - Diana Schramer, Final Moments
HM1 – Greg Peck, Fondness for a Firemen’s Festival
First - Gail Grenier, Be Here Now
Second – Greg Peck, Tired Twig Gives Up Symbolic Tire
Third – Brenda Axt, Forget the F-word
HM1 – Dawn Proctor, The Island Bridegroom
HM2 – Mary Jacobsen, Let’s Go Metric
First - Bill Bright, To Tirich Mir
Second – Jonnie Guernsey, Public Access
Third – Caye Bartel, The Storm
Fiction for Young People:
First - Lisa Lickel, The Saxon Boy
Second – Jim Guhl, Catfish and Elephants
Third – Idella Anacker, Tommy Joins the Band
Free Verse Poetry:
First - John Leighton, Your First Bear
Second– Stella Lauter, Peter Piper
Third – John Leighton, Following Old Tracks
HM1 – Angie Flanagan, The Old Italian Woman
HM2 – Paula Schultz, We Meet With the Estate Planner
First - Nancy Jesse, (Pantoum) The Nature of Memory
Second – Suzy Wedeward, Speaking of Ice
Third – John Leighton, A Look Back
HM1 – Mollye Barrett, To a 1904 Barn
HM2 – Paula Schultz, (Pentatina) For the Five Senses
Jade Ring Judges and Partnership with Orange Hat Publishing
We are pleased to announce our Jade Ring judges and our special partnership with Orange Hat Publishing! Shannon Ishizaki, the owner of Orange Hat Publishing, has been exceptionally gracious during our talks to develop this partnership and I can see why her company is earning such a great reputation. Please take a moment to visit their website and see the wide variety of works they publish: orangehatpublishing.com
Fiction Judge, Jenny Post:
Jenny Post graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in Writing. Her favorites are poetry and different genres of fiction. She moved with her family to Wisconsin from California seven years ago, and enjoys the beauty of the area that inspires her to write. Jenny is currently an editor of novels, short stories, and children's books for Orange Hat Publishing here in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.
Terri Sorenson is a former Milwaukee business owner for 12 years. She is a happily married mother of 3 young children and actively teaches first and second grade girls in a local community group. Terri currently works as an Author Relations Specialist for Orange Hat Publishing. She is the first point of contact for potential authors and the first person to provide writers with to-the-point feedback. She is open and honest about her opinions with hopes to improve the quality of writing prior to publication.
Time is Running Out
You could win cash, a ring, recognition but only if you enter the Jade Ring Contest by August 1st!
We are thrilled to announce that Marilyn Taylor has agreed to judge your poetry this year! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and secure your spot on this talented poet's desk. In addition, we are nearing the end of our search within the publishing industry or even an agent! Keep checking the website for further updates.
Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and of the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six collections of poetry. Her award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Able Muse, Measure, Ted Kooser's " American Life in Poetry" column, and the recent Random House anthology titled Villanelles. Marilyn also served for five years as Contributing Editor and regular poetry columnist of The Writer magazine. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors. She has recently moved from Milwaukee to Madison, where she continues to write and teach. Visit her website for more!
We look forward to reading your submissions!
The 2013 Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE) Annual Conference will be hosting an Author’s Hour on Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Who May Participate:Any author from our region who writes about nature, uses nature as inspiration, or in some way connects us with the natural world.
When:Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM
Where:The Cartwright Center at UW-LaCrosse, LaCrosse WI
Why:To connect authors with educators who have the same passion for the natural world that you do
Fee:Free. Our goal is to connect authors and educators
WAEE will provide a table for each author to set up a small exhibit that showcases his or her writings. Authors will be able to sell and sign their books, etc. on their own. Authors (or their publishers) will be responsible for handling and delivery of books. WAEE does not request any portion of the profits.
WAEE will publicize the authors who join us for Author’s Hour on our website and in the conference program.
Other Opportunities for Authors:
Exhibit in the Exhibit Hall during the conference. Visit the Annual Conference Exhibits page for more details
For any additional questions, please contact Susan Schuller at Susan.Schuller@uwsp.edu
Chicago Writers Association joins in support of N-I-P Bookcamp
The Chicago Writers Association haspartnered with the Wisconsin Writers Association in supporting the 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, sponsored by the WWA.
The 550-member CWA will co-sponsor the N-I-P Bookcamp, providing marketing support in the Chicago area. In return, the CWA’s members can enroll with the Bookcamp using the same association discounts as WWA members. That’s a $90 savings off the full registration price.
Providing expert advice and guidance to writers working on a manuscript, the 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp will be held May 18-24 at Cedar Valley Center & Spa, which is 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and about a two-hour drive north of Chicago.
The Bookcamp will be staffed by award-winning mystery novelist and college writing instructor Reed Farrel Coleman, thriller writer and Hollywood screenwriter James Strauss, author, editor and book doctor Philip Martin, and the agents of Red Sofa Literary, as well as additional guest speakers and a panel of published authors who will address the rapidly changing publishing industry.
CWA President Randy Richardson said the CWA sees the Bookcamp as a valuable resource for his organization’s members who are working on a manuscript:
“Looking to jump-start the manuscript that growing mold in your desk drawer? Trying to put the finishing touches on the next Great American Novel? The Chicago Writers Association has partnered with the Wisconsin Writers Association’s 2014 Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp to help you reach your writing goals.
“Top-notch instructors in this intense 6-day workshop/retreat will guide you on how to turn that unfinished manuscript into the book you want it to be. Don’t put off that dream any longer. Reserve your spot now at the 2014 Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp!”
We are pleased to announce our new contest deadlines. After careful consideration and examining our calendar, we've expanded the submission window as follows:
Spring ContestsJade Ring Contests
Opens November 1st Opens March 15th
Closes March 15th Closes August 1st
We've also created a wonderful area for members to critique and polish their writing in our forums.(See left menu.) We look forward to seeing your entries! If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Lickel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How's Your Book Coming Along?
Plans for the WWA’s rescheduled 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, May 18-24, have advanced rapidly, and we have several good news announcements to share with you.
We are honored to announce that novelist and screenwriter James Strauss has agreed to join our Bookcamp staff for 2014. He joins award-winning mystery writer Reed Farrel Coleman, and book editor and writing instructor Philip Martin as our core instructional team for the entire six-days of the Bookcamp. Many of you know Jim from his well-received appearance at the WWA Spring & Lakefly Literary Conference earlier this month in Oshkosh. You know Jim is a straight-shooter eager to share his knowledge on writing, publishing, and the Hollywood entertainment industry. Jim’s written five espionage thrillers and has started a prehistory adventure series called Mastodon with the first volume already scheduled to be turned into a film. He writes for several Hollywood production companies and is currently a technical director for a film now in production. He is a great addition to our staff.
We’ve just learned that Bookcamp staffer Reed Farrel Coleman won a 2013 Audie for his novel Gun Church from the Audio Publishers Association. Congratulations, Reed.
More Bookcamp staff additions will be forthcoming.
Those of you who want to sign up for Bookcamp’s unique combination of writing instruction and professional advice on your work-in-progress, there is no better time than now to begin the registration process. Until July 15, our enrollment fees are as low as they ever will be through our Early Express Registration. July 16, prices go up. A $100 refundable deposit will lock you in to the express price. In addition, we offer a trio of low-priced registration options for commuters, friends enrolling together for a double room, and couples where one enrolls in the Bookcamp while the other enjoys the services of Cedar Valley Center & Spa and the many activities available in and around Washington County in southeast Wisconsin.
To help insure the success of the 2014 N-I-P Bookcamp, we’ve started a pair of fundraising efforts to kickstart this project. We have now raised more than $1,500 through the Bookcamp Seed Fund campaign. This is money that will be repaid after the completion of the 2014 Bookcamp in May. Secondly, we’ve created a Creative Co-Sponsorship Program where individuals or businesses offering writing-related services or products can contribute to the Bookcamp while receiving promotional recognition through the Bookcamp’s online and print marketing efforts and at the Bookcamp itself May 18-24, 2014.
For more information on the Bookcamp, registration, the Seed Fund campaign, and the Creative Co-Sponsorship Program, contact me, Dave Rank, WWA vice president & Bookcamp director, at email@example.com or 262-334-8790. Or check out our website,www.nipbookcamp.wordpress.com, or our Facebook page through the link on this WWA website.
Read Village.com seeking book submissions for review
If you're a Wisconsin writer or you are writing about a Wisconsin subject, the founders of Read Village.com-Wisconsin would enjoy hearing from you. The mayor and trustee of Read Village.com are devoted to supporting authors, literacy and bookstores in Wisconsin. Tracy Kathryn, M.A.-English, and Trustee Annette, a journalist, will provide fair critiques, honesty, and your book will be rated using an exclusive cheese wedge rating system.
Lisa Lickel, editor of Creative Wisconsin magazine, is accepting submissions for articles about Wisconsin writers. For guidelines, a list of some awesome authors to write about, and information about how you can see your writing in print, visit the Creative Wisconsin page here: Creative Wisconsin
WWA Charter Clubs Expand
Since its inception in 2009, the WWA Charter Club Partnership Program has blossomed to 14 clubs statewide, the fastest growing segment of WWA membership. Charter Club members enjoy substantial savings from the program.
Any local writing club, critique group, or gathering of five or more people, including online groups, interested in the writing craft can enroll as a Charter Club in the WWA. Charter Club Members receive discounted membership dues and conference registration fees in exchange for participating as a group. See theWWA Charter Club Partnership Program page for complete details.
A Call for Submissions to WWA Press Anthology
The Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association Press has published its first book: Robert Gard: The Windmill Man, compiled and edited by LaMoine MacLaughlin. Buy the book.
What’s next for the Press? One project, being assembled right now, is an anthology. Others will be...?? The Anthology project’s code name is Wisconsin’s Got Talent. That won’t be the final title, but it indicates the project’s essence.
What genre are we looking for? Any and all. “Genre” is not an operating term for this project. “Excellence,” however, is. Toss aside your preconceptions. Tear free from the straightjacket of the term “genre.” We’re looking for short to medium-length pieces that you consider your most highly-polished, brilliantly-sparkling gems. If the piece you submit is a past winner (or runner-up, or even no-show) in a past WWA contest, please indicate so in your submission. Download submission guidelines.
Can my work be previously published? Yes, as long as you own the publication rights. You'll be asked to sign a statement to that effect.
Illustrators, we are also looking for you to add graphics to our publications.
Currently, we are looking for future projects. Do you have a book you want to print? We’d like to hear about it. Link to theHow to Submit to WWA Press for criteria and submission requirements. More ...
Robert E. Gard Book Available Online
The e-book, The Robert E. Gard Reader, just published, features the writing and key ideas of Robert E. Gard, all told in a very autobiographical and evocative way. It contains the story from Grassroots Theater about how WWA began, even including the Creed of WWA. There's also the text of a talk he gave, "Notes for Writers Who Are Desperately Moved to Write," which may well have been given at a WWA conference. WWA president, LaMoine MacLaughlin, wrote the foreword to the e-book. Click on the following link to enjoy it. It is free online. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/clevelandstatedr/docDetail.action?docID=10416299