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How to Not Become a Committed Non-Writer

Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Rita Mae Reese offers advice in Poets & Writers magazine on how writers can avoid becoming non-writers.

It’s a good read!

Check out Rita Mae and the other CWW board members at CWW’s website at www.wiswriters.org.

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CWW Award Winners Announced in Milwaukee Newspaper

CWW award winners and honorees got great play in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/books/council-for-wisconsin-writers-gives-annual-award-to-john-gurda-b99691320z1-372939531.html

We hope friends, family, supporters and advocates of Wisconsin’s awesome legacy of Wisconsin’s writing excellence and excellent writers will celebrate with these winners and honor them by attending the Council for Wisconsin Writers Awards Banquet on May 14 at the Wisconsin Club at 11 a.m. Details and reservation forms will be posted on http://www.wiswriters.org .

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News from WWA and Lakefly Writers Conference

The following courtesy of Wisconsin Writers Association President Dave Rank:

Time to sign up!
WWA’s Bookstore & Writer Services Market
8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016
in the Oshkosh Convention Center
as part of the
Lakefly Writers Conference, May 13-14
For the third year, the Wisconsin Writers Association is partnering with the popular Lakefly Writers Conference to offer a book fair and trade show as part of the conference.
This year, authors may sign up to take part in a bookstore, where WWA will display and sell books for them, giving authors time to mingle with the crowd and enjoy the conference. Authors may also schedule a book signing session, or if they choose, rent a table.
The Writer Services Market will feature book production services. Vendors who offer book or cover design, editing, proofreading, publishing services, website design or hosting, blogging, blog tours, marketing, promotion materials (bookmarks, posters, etc.) workshops or lessons, are all welcome to be part of the Writer Services Market.
To register for either the Bookstore of Writing Services Market, go to our website, www.wiwrite.org. and click on the Lakefly Writers Conference link in the menu.
For Lakefly Writers Conference registration, go to http://lakeflywriters.org/
We’ll also be offering similar Bookstore and Services Market at our WWA conference October 14-16.
Dave Rank, president
Wisconsin Writers Association

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New Book Examines Segregation and Education in Milwaukee

New Wisconsin Historical Society Press release not only provides insight into the effects of Milwaukee’s segregation on the education of its children, it could be a great study for writers who are interest in this subject. The author speaks tomorrow (Nov. 20) at Boswell Book Company whose owner Daniel Goldin was honored with CWW’s 2014 Christopher Latham Sholes Award, which is present to an individual or organization for “outstanding encouragement of Wisconsin writers.”

New Book Details Tumultuous History of ‘Educating Milwaukee’
Educating Milwaukee by James K. NelsenThe history of American public education has been arduous and exciting, controversial and celebrated, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From segregation and school choice to debates over funding and curriculum guidelines, Milwaukee has been a national epicenter for educational changes and choices. In his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools, Dr. James K. Nelsen chronicles Milwaukee’s unique struggle for integration and quality education and traces the origins of the modern school choice movement, which has been growing in strength throughout the United States.
Nelsen follows Milwaukee’s tumultuous education history through three eras: “no choice,” “forced choice,” and “school choice.” He details the story of Milwaukee’s choice movement through to modern times. Today, Milwaukee families have more schooling options than ever — with charter schools, open enrollment, state-funded vouchers, and neighborhood schools — and yet Milwaukee’s impoverished African American students still struggle to succeed and stay in school.
“Educating Milwaukee” also shares how competing visions of equity and excellence have played out in one city’s schools in the modern era, offering both a cautionary tale and a “choice” example. The book will be available in bookstores everywhere and online retailers later this month. An e-book edition will also be available.
SPECIAL BOOK LAUNCH EVENT
Join author and educator Dr. James K. Nelsen for a discussion of the unique story of “Educating Milwaukee” and the city’s ongoing struggles for integration and quality education, including school-choice, at a special book launch event Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. There will be time for audience questions. A book signing will follow.
Media: For a review copy of “Educating Milwaukee,” to interview the author, or for more information, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email: kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing the best of
Wisconsin history and culture since 1855 as a division of the Wisconsin Historical Society
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About the Author
James K. Nelsen has a PhD in urban history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and teaches high school social studies at Golda Meir School in Milwaukee, a public magnet school for college-bound students in grades 3 through 12. As a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, he finds the history of the city fascinating, from its early days in the mid-nineteenth century to the modern challenges of urban life today. As a teacher, he enjoys researching the history of education from colonial times to the present. When not teaching or researching, he enjoys volunteering with youth groups, exploring his city, and following his beloved Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.

More about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its awards is at http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. CWW is accepting entries for its 2015 awards. Entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.

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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 Writing Contests Open for Entries

The Council for Wisconsin Writers announced that its awards contest are open for entries for work published in 2015. Following is the official news release:

 CWW Opens Wisconsin Writers Awards Contests 

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers  www.wiswriters.org

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu   608-238-6932

Release Date: now

The Council for Wisconsin Writers opens its Wisconsin Writers Awards contests on November 1. Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm.

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

 

 CWW Opens Wisconsin Writers Awards Contests 

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers  www.wiswriters.org

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu   608-238-6932

Release Date: now

 

The Council for Wisconsin Writers opens its Wisconsin Writers Awards contests on November 1. Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

 

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

 

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

 

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

 

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm.

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

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Poetry Doings in NE WI

Here’s news about poetry events in the northeastern part of the state:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, at 7 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center Galleries at Lawrence, the Mia Paul Poetry Series welcomes poet John Murillo, author of Up Jump the Boogie, for a reading, signing, and reception. Free and open to the public. A great poet you won’t want to miss! Contact Melissa Range (melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu) with any questions.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 pm, WI POET LAUREATE KIMBERLY BLAESER featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim. On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free. For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, SARAH GILBERT & SARA PARRELL at the Poetry Rocks! Reading Series at Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton.

​ Plan to arrive by 6:45 or earlier to get refreshments and sign up for the open reading, with the reading beginning promptly at 7  We now have a sound system, and parking is free after 6:00 pm!

Sara Parrell’s work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, qarrtsiluni, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, and other journals, and she co-curates The Bridge Poetry Series at the Chazen Museum of Art. A pushcart nominee, she was awarded first prize in the 2008 Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading for her manuscript Psalms of New Orleans, and received the Leo Love Poetry Merit Award in 2012 from the Taos Writers’ Conference. Her collaboration with photographer Thomas Ferrella, HYBRID: Transported by Word and Image, was installed in Madison and Milwaukee hybrid taxis. She is faculty at the UW-Madison School of Nursing, and a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s mental health team.

Sarah Gilbert returned to writing poetry in the midst of two decades of Lynch Syndrome cancers, with a chapbook of her cancer poems, Tendril, published by Finishing Line Press in January 2015. Her work has also appeared in Fox Cry Review, Wisconsin Poets Calendar, The Healing Muse, Your Daily Poem, and Sharing Widely Living Deeply.  She serves as a regional VP for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and hosts this series!! in Appleton, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, three cats, and one old dog.

ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:

Nov 16 Annette Grunseth and Tori Grant Welhouse

Dec 7 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Contributors

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, MARY JO BALISTERI at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkoshat 6:15pm, followed by an open mic.

Mary Jo has two full books of poetry and a chapbook. Film adaptions of three of her poems can be seen on Poetry Storehouse and Vimeo (re-mix) by talented film makers Nic Sebastian, Othniel Smith, and March Neys. Another poem, Maybe, was chosen for Poetry that Moves on North suburban PACE buses in Illinois this year. She is associate editor of Tiger’s Eye Press and a founder of Grace River Poets, an outreach for women’s shelters, churches, and schools. Please visit her at maryjobalistreripoet.com

The reading is located in the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. Please come early and treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the reading which begins promptly at 6:15Caramel Crisp closes at 7:30. For further information contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

Oshkosh Reader line-up for 2015:

November 24 – Sylvia Cavanaugh

December – no reading

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 6-8 PM, JEANIE TOMASKO, STEVE TOMASKO & SHARON AUBERLE, Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.  For more info: torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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OCTOBER 15 & 16, travel to Fort Atkinson for the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Festival, featuring WI Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser, Fabu, Nick Demske, Lisa Vihos, Cathryn Cofell, Tom Montag, Marilyn Taylor and more!  For details, visit http://www.lorineniedecker.org/festival.cfm

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14: The Kress Family Branch Library is hosting an and is looking for poets to share poetry from their chapbooks and/or poetry collections from approximately 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

There is a line-up of other events throughout the day including a workshop on publishing.

Contact johnolski@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

 

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