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Great Mystery Writers Org.

Although the national organization of Sisters In Crime has been around for a long time, the Wisconsin chapter became inactive for several years — until a few years ago. Then a few stalwarts revived it, nourished it and persisted. They now have their own website, which includes informative and helpful links, meeting sites around the state and a list of members’ websites.
Now, one of their members is heralding an affiliated group, Retiree Rebels. Here’s her most recent shout out:
  Sisters in Crime… Please excuse another promotion for  RetireeRebels. com  on our group site, but since so many of us retired to take up writing full time, and I personally know how difficult it is to retire to “the world’s loneliest professions,” I wanted to reach out to those who don’t need to struggle through some of the normal -but not talked about- difficulties of retirement.  
Here’s the link to this week’s new podcast, a Kitchen Table Talk about the rocky first year of retirement, along with tips on how to smooth out your retirement transition.
When you subscribe to RetireeRebels.com website (it’s free), you will be sent an email whenever there is a new post, along with the link that goes directly to that podcast. A one-click short-cut for subscribers.
Also, because of the many comments we received in the first two weeks recognizing the drastic change in modern retirement, we decided to offer subscribers a special e-book to help them identify and deal with the 10 most common issues faced by the newly retired.  (Technically, this is my first published “book” Yippee!)
“Ten Things THANK GOODNESS Someone Told Me” is a testament to the retired friends who saved me from going bonkers during my first tumultuous years of retirement, warning me about unexpected psychological pitfalls, and guiding me to a new and fulfilling life.
Thank you for checking us out and sharing the news.
But more than anything, we hope we are of help to those who need it.
Go Rebels!    Carol L
Carol Elizabeth Sbnika
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Thank you for checking us out and sharing the news.
But more than anything, we hope we are of help to those who need it.
While checking out Wisconsin’s Sisters in Crime and Retiree Rebels, take a hop over to the CWW site at www.wiswriters.org, and check out the contest page for info on our eight contests, which opened for submissions on Nov. 1.
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CWW President Joins UW Study on Psychedelic Medicine

Geoff Gilpin, who serves as president of the Council for Wisconsin Writers, took some psychedelic journeys recently, but it was for science.

 

Gilpin, author of the memoir The Maharishi Effect: A Personal Journey Through the Spiritual Movement That Transformed AmericaThe Marharishi Effect Book Cover  is quoted in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article about his experience in a pharmacokinetics study being conducted by  UW-Madison’s School of Pharmacy.

Specifically, the study is to assist scientists assess the potential of psilocybin, which is the hallucinogenic ingredient found in “magic mushrooms,” to “ease the minds of patients with cancer and other conditions,” according to the WSJ article.

Gilpin, who is conducting research for a book on psychedelics he’s working on, says that the study sessions he’s participated in have resulted in interesting journeys. His blog is here.

More information about Gilpin and the Council for Wisconsin Writers is at www.wiswriters.org.

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Sheboygan Children’s Book Fest This Weekend

The fantastic (and free) Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is this weekend, October 9-11, in Sheboygan at these three beautiful venues: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mead Public Library, and Bookworm Gardens. The festival  features programming for children, teens, and adults with 16 authors and illustrators presenting at those three venues. A number of Wisconsin SCBWI members will be speaking, including Miranda Paul, Ann Angel, Andrea Skyberg, Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer and JoAnn Early Macken.

Here’s the link to full details: http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org/

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Wisconsin Poets Win Michigan Contest Awards

Congratulations to Wisconsin poets Ed Werstein and Sylvia Cavanaugh for their recent wins in the Poetry Society of Michigan’s annual contest. Ed won two first-place awards and an honorable mention, and Sylvia received a  second-place award.

Ed and Sylvia with be reading Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Copper Rock Coffee Company in Appleton at 210 W College Avenue.

CWW salutes Ed and Sylvia.

More about CWW at www.wiswriters.org

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Nominations Open for Academy Fellow

 

Deadline is the end of this month — Sept. 30.

A few Wisconsin Academy Fellows (clockwise from upper left): George Archibald, Jean Feraca, Michael Dombeck, Bassam Shakhashiri, Lorrie Moore, Betty Ferris, James Thomson, Ben Sidran, Emily Auerbach, Barbara Brown Lee, Lee Weiss, Richard Davidson

Help recognize Wisconsin’s best and brightest:
Nominate a Wisconsin Academy Fellow

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to Wisconsin? Do you have a friend or colleague who is highly esteemed for his or her judgment, perceptiveness, and breadth of knowledge? Does this person possess a keen understanding of how literature, art, and/or science contribute to the cultural life and health of our state? Is there an educator, mentor, civic or business leader in your community whose career is marked by a high order of discovery and technological accomplishment; creative achievement in the arts (e.g. literature, visual art, music); historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; philosophical thinking; or public service?
If so, you might know a future Wisconsin Academy Fellow.
The highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy, the Fellows award acknowledges a high level of accomplishment as well as a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service.  Anyone can nominate a prospective Fellow for consideration. So now is the perfect time to nominate the extraordinary individuals in your community who have made invaluable contributions to the sciences, the arts, and the cultural life of our state.
Nominations are now open—until September 30th! Click here to sumbit a nomination.
Visit our Wisconsin Academy Fellows page to get more information and to submit your nomination through our new online form. Questions about the nomination process may be directed via e-mail to Aaron Fai or call 608-263-1692 ext. 14.

About the Wisconsin Academy Fellows
Established in 1982, the Fellows program of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters recognizes the best and brightest in Wisconsin. The highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy, the Fellows award acknowledges a high level of accomplishment as well as a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service. For more information on our Fellows program or to nominate a Fellow, visitwisconsinacademy.org/fellows.

 

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A Couple of Book Launches Coming Up

Here are announcements from Wisconsin’s children’s authors about launches for their new  books:
Pat Schmatz
My book birthday for Lizard Radio is September 8, and the launch party will be at Addendum Books in St. Paul on September 18. Here’s the FB link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/414449535412991/  
See Pat’s website at http://www.patschmatz.com/ for information about this and Pat’s other books.
 Debbie Hembrook and Kate Heling
CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO SPORTS PEOPLE PLAY is the companion book to CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO JOBS PEOPLE DOWe will be having a launch party on September 4th 6:30 – 8:00 at Martha Merrell’s Books in Waukesha, WI.
Here’s where to learn more about Debbie and Kate’s “Clothesline Clues” and other books at http://www.helinghembrook.com/Books/index.html.
 The Council for Wisconsin Writers at www.wiswriters.org  is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers.

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CWW Board Member Among Poets Reading at State Book Festival

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters invites members of the public to join them at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival for a reading featuring the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners. Fiction readers include: Nikki Kallio (Hortonville), Erica Kanesaka Kalnay (Madison), and Kathryn Gahl (Appleton). Poetry readers include Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Lisa Vihos (Sheboygan), Sean Avery (Madison), and Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee).

More information about this event and the Academy’s quarterly magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas‘s annual writing contests is at www.wisconsinacademy.org/events/wisconsin-people-ideas-2015-fiction-and-poetry-contest-reading#sthash.Nm1AsxSj.dpuf

Information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ annual contests, which will be open for entries from Nov. 1-Jan. 31, is at www.wiswriters.org.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers.

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