WWA 2012 Spring Conference
May 4-5, 2012

Hosted by the Northwest Service Region in partnership with WWA.

Friday, May 4, 2012

1:00 – 3:30       Board meeting (open meeting, all welcome)
3:30 – 4:30       General Discussion of Association (Executive Director)
4:30 – 6:30       Dinner on your own
6:30 – 8:30       Writers’ Roundtable – Prose (Boyd Sutton)
6:30 – 8:30       Writers’ Roundtable – Poetry (LaMoine MacLaughlin)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

7:30 – 8:30       Registration – Loretta Kottke
8:30 – 9:00       Welcomes and Announcements
                         President LaMoine MacLaughlin
                         Spring Conference Manager, Denis Simonsen
9:00 – 9:30       Speaker: Bruce Dethlefsen – The Craft of Poetry
9:30 – 9:45       Break
9:45 – 10:15     Speaker: Anthony Bukoski – The Art of the Short Story
10:15-11:15      Breakouts – Interactive Discussions
                         On Poetry – Bruce Dethlefsen
                         On the Short Story – Anthony Bukoski
11:15 – 11:30   Break
11:30 – 2:00     Lunch, Awards, Book Signing
2:00 – 2:30       Break and Silent Auction
2:30 – 3:00       Speakers Carolyn Wedin & Carrie Classon – Creative Nonfiction
3:00 – 3:45       Interactive Discussion – Creative Nonfiction
3:45 – 4:00       Wrap up (Executive Director and Conference Manager)


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·         Spring Conference Manager: scfmgr [at] wiwrite.org

·         Conference Registrar: cfreg [at] wiwrite.org

Charter Club Members

If you are a member of a WWA Charter Club, you may be eligible for a 20 percent discount on the conference registration fee. A minimum of four club members must register for the conference together to receive this discount. Please contact the Charter Club manager (charter [at] wiwrite.org) to determine your eligibility for a discount and for details about special registration procedures.

Registrants with Companions

Registrants with special needs who require a guest to accompany them may contact the Conference Registrar cfreg [at] wiwrite.org to request special registration.


Anthony Bukoski:
                Anthony Bukoski was born in the East End of Superior, Wisconsin, attended St. Adalbert’s Grade School, and began his undergraduate work at Wisconsin State University Superior. After a year, he left to join the Marines in the summer of 1964 and went to Vietnam. He returned to Superior three years later and finished college. Next he traveled to Brown University for an MA in English, then to Iowa in 1976 for an MFA in fiction from the Writer’s Workshop and a PhD in English, finishing in 1984.

Anthony taught English at his alma mater, UW-Superior. Anthony’s awards include the R.V. Cassill Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, a Booklist ”Editor’s Choice” for Time Between Trains, and the first literary prize presented by the Polish Institute of Houston. Dr. Bukoski recently retired from teaching.
Bukoski’s short story collections:
   North of the Port (Southern Methodist University Press, 2008)
   Time Between Trains (Southern Methodist University Press, 2003)
   Polonaise (Southern Methodist University Press, 1998)
   Children of Strangers (Southern Methodist University Press, 1993)
   Twelve Below Zero (Holy Cow! Press, 1986, 2008)


Bruce Dethlefsen:
                Bruce Dethlefsen was appointed the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2011 and 2012. He has published two poetry chapbooks, A Decent Reed (Tamafyr Mountain Press, 1999) and Something Near the Dance Floor (Marsh River Editions, 2003), for which he won the Posner Book-length Poetry Award Honorable Mention from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009), his full-length poetry book, received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2003 and 2009.
                Bruce grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Paseo High School in 1966. He completed his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and received his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Bruce has worked delivering telegrams, as a night watchman in a cave, an emergency medical technician, a high school librarian, a curriculum coordinator, and retired after being director of the Montello (WI) public library. He has taught over a thousand people to juggle.
               Bruce served as secretary of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for six years, co-founded the WFOP Chapbook Prize and started Poet Camp. For eight years, he directed The Poet Tree, a monthly reading by Wisconsin poets at the Montello Public Library. Bruce has had many poems published in journals and anthologies. Two of his poems were featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on public radio and several poems were on Your Daily Poem website. Bruce lives in Westfield, Wisconsin.

Carolyn Wedin:
         Carolyn Wedin is a semi-retired teacher of literature and composition, thirty years at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, plus Fulbright appointments in Poland and Norway and teaching exchange and employment at two universities in Sweden, Göteborg and Lund. She grew up in rural Frederic, attended the one-room Round Lake School for eight years, graduated valedictorian from Frederic High School in 1957, and has degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College (BA), the University of Kansas (MA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD.). Now that she has returned home to the countryside of her youth, she teaches Community Education classes in writing and “Drama in the North Woods” in Luck and Frederic and does her writing looking out over the eagles flying above Spirit Creek.
      Her publishing and writing include several academic books—on authors James Baldwin and Jessie Fauset and Maya Angelou; chapters in many books, including African Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House, 2010 and The Harlem Renaissance in the American West, 2012; and many entries in reference books of various kinds, including forty articles in the five-volume Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present (2009).
      Dr. Wedin has always had a corresponding passion for writing for general readers, for writing “creative non-fiction.” Some of her newspaper columns and commentaries for Wisconsin Public Radio, 1980-86 are collected in Wisconsin: A Year; her experiences of 1991-92 in Letters and Reflections from Poland, and she has currently sent to her agent a manuscript, Lands of the Suspended Sun, on her times in Norway and Sweden. Her biography, Inheritors of the Spirit: Mary White Ovington and the Founding of the NAACP (John Wiley and Sons: NY, 1997) is very much intended to bridge the gaps between academic research and writing accessible to everyone. And a translation from the Swedish and editing she has done with a friend in Sweden, of L. J. Ahlstrom’s Historical Sketches, about pioneer life in northwest Wisconsin, is of interest to anyone curious about the past.

Carrie Classon:

   Carrie Classon's career began as a professional actor in regional theaters on both coasts and in the Midwest. She eventually founded the St. Croix Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and served as Managing Director for seven years. After leaving the theater, Carrie received an MBA and worked for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and on public and private infrastructure projects in West Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.

   In 2006, Carrie moved to Lagos, Nigeria. Her play, “Letters from Lagos,” an autobiographical account of her time in Nigeria, was performed in 2009. In 2010, Carrie produced an original play by novelist David Rhodes about the life of Gaylord Nelson which toured Wisconsin. For the past two years, Carrie has written a weekly column, “Letters from Home,” which appears in newspapers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. She is writing a memoir about her time in Africa and will be entering a creative nonfiction MFA program this fall. She lives in St. Croix Falls with her well-traveled cat, Lucy, and dog, Milo.


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