Monday, November 5, 2018

New guests at 6th Novel in progress Bookcamp 2019

NIP prepares for 6th annual camp May 2019 

Our sixth annual Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat residential programs will be held May 19-25, 2019, once again at the lovely Cedar Valley Center in southeast Wisconsin. It’s time to fulfill that commitment and take your work-in-progress to the next level.

Here’s what’s going on for the next Bookcamp workshop and the Writing Retreat:

Guest Speakers Ready for 2019 NIP

We will have another great cast of characters at our next Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat, May 19-25, 2019, two concurrent residential programs for writers.

Joining our core instructional staff, SJ Rozan, Lisa Lickel, and Phil Martin, we’ve got an exceptional list of guest speakers lined up.

Literary Agents Return

Returning are friends Jennie Goloboy, literary agent with the Donald Maass literary Agency, and Laura Zats, literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. They will be leading workshop presentations, joining our annual state of the publishing industry panel discussion, providing insight at our Thursday night Slush Pile Read, and hearing pitches Friday afternoon. 

Midnight Ink Editor 

Joining Jennie and Laura will be Terri Bischoff, acquiring editor at Midnight Ink Publishing, which specializes in mysteries and thrillers. Terri enjoyed her first stay with us last May so much she was eager to join us again in 2019. 

Indie Authors Present 

We’re also excited to announce that author and writing instructor Kristin Oakley with accomplished Indie authors Nicolette Pierce and Melissa Haag will be coming to the 2019 NIP to share their knowledge and expertise. They will conduct a panel discussion on self-publishing and provide a workshop on using the Internet to promote yourself as an author. 

Author Nicolette Pierce has published more than sixteen romantic suspense and mystery novels. As an award-winning self-published author, she loves a challenge and is set to rapid-release five new books. She attributes her success to the indie movement and always keeping up to date with the latest marketing trends. 

“If not in the midst of writing, you will find me setting up ads on multiple platforms including Amazon, Bookbub, and Facebook,” she said. Nicolette is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. 

Award-winning author Melissa Haag writes Paranormal and Fantasy Romance from her home in Wisconsin under two pen names (Melissa Haag and M.J. Haag). She self-publishing her first title in 2013 and, so far, has 30 titles, selling more than a million copies, earning six figures a year since 2015. Melissa has expanded into audio books and has a foreign rights agent. Her books will be translated into three languages by the end of 2019, one series is already in Portuguese. 

“I love to talk about self-publishing—maybe a little too much!” Melissa said. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way to learn a few handy dos and don’ts of self-publishing (I cringe when I think of my first book cover!) and am passionate about discussing my mistakes so no one else has to feel that pain.” 

A University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies adjunct writing instructor, Kristin Oakley’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction, was a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year, and a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released in 2016. Currently working on a young adult dystopian trilogy, Kristin is a Chicago Writers Association board member, managing editor of The Write City Magazine and The Write City Review, and past president and a co-founder of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization. 

Registration info

Check out our website for application instructions and prices. Or contact Director Dave Rank,, 262-717-5154. Early registrants can take advantage of our installment payment plan.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wisconsin Writers Awards New Student Contest now open

C for Wisco Writers

C for Wisco Writers
Wisconsin Writers Awards Open Nov 1 
New Student Contest
The 54th annual Wisconsin Writers Awards, sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers, opens for submissions on Nov. 1. The Council invites Wisconsin writers to submit work published in 2018. Contest categories include book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, children’s literature, and a set of five poems, two of which must have been published in the contest year.
First-place winners in those categories receive $500 and a one-week writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. Honorable mention recipients receive $50 and a one-week writer’s residency at the Painted Forest Study Center in Valton, WI. Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2019. Writers who enter must be current Wisconsin residents.
New for this year: The Young Writers Award, previously an essay contest, now accepts poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, journalism, humor and drama. This award recognizes Wisconsin high school students who excel at the craft of creative writing. The first-place winner receives $250 and the honorable mention recipient receives $50.
The entry fee for all contests except the Young Writers Award is $25. There is no fee for Young Writers Award entries. CWW membership is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. First-place and honorable-mention awards will be presented at the Council’s Annual Awards Banquet in May 2019. CWW’s Major Achievement Award, which honors a Wisconsin writer for work that deserves special recognition for literary merit without regard to genre or category, is also scheduled to be presented. The recipient will be chosen by the CWW Board of Directors.
Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available in the 2018 Entry Forms section of the  CWW website at
Please address general questions about the contest to CWW Publicity/Blog Manager Jerrianne Hayslett at Questions about individual contest categories should be addressed to the category co-chair. Co-chairs are listed on the 2018 Entry Forms section of the CWW website at

Friday, September 7, 2018

Wisconsin Book Festival Oct 11-14

Wisconsin Book Festival
click for the schedule October 11-14

Special Preview with James Patterson on October 7

Madison, WI

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Monday, August 13, 2018

CWGs First Chapter Contest now open

CWA's 3rd Annual First Chapter Contest

For dues-paying members of Chicago Writers Association. Guidelines here.

First prize is a full scholarship to attend the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat May 19 to 25, 2019, at the Cedar Valley Center & Spa, 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, near West Bend, Wisconsin (value: $1450). Second and third place winners will receive cash awards of $150 and $75, respectively. Each of the top three entries will also be published in CWA's e-zine, The Write City.

Fee: $15 must be made to CWA via PayPal with submission. Non-refundable.
Deadline: October 15, 2018. Winners will be announced in December 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Newer releases in Childrens Picture Books

Be Kind

Be Kind

Pat Zietlow Miller 
illustrated by Jen Hill
Roaring Brook Press
Print $17.99
ebook $9.99
Buy on Amazon

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?

From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.

With a gentle text from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller, and irresistible art from Jen Hill, Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.

A Horse Named Jack
A Horse Named Jack
Linda Vander Heyden
illustrated by Petra Brown
Sleeping Bear Press

Print $16.99
Ebook $13.58
Buy on Amazon

Jack is a rather silly horse. And when bored, he takes it upon himself to unlatch his stall and go for an adventure through the farm before escaping into the neighbor's garden for a snack. This rhyming story counts up to ten as Jack makes his way across the farm and then back down as he races home with the neighbor hot on his heels.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

New nonfiction Wisconsin Women Effecting Change

Somos Latinas, Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists

Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gomez

Wisconsin Historical Society Press
April, 2018
$24.95 Print
$15.99 Ebook
Buy on Amazon

About the Book:
This book shares the stories of 25 women with Wisconsin ties who are outspoken demonstrators, collaborative community-builders and determined individuals working for change behind the scenes. Each story in told in their own words, drawn from interviews conducted as part of the Somos Latinas Digital history Project housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

About the Authors:
Andrea-Teresa Arenas, PhD, recently retired from her positions at UW–Madison as a Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Faculty Affiliate and the director of the Office of Service Learning and Community-Based Research in the College of Letters & Science. She is currently the director of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project.

Eloisa G√≥mez is the director of the Milwaukee County UW–Extension Office. From 2008 to 2012, she was the vice president of the Latino Historical Society of Wisconsin, and she served on the Somos Latinas Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2015.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Everyday people Against Trafficking EAT FEST

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For those of you who keep this horrible world-wide affliction against humanity in your constant heart, learn more about what you can do to prevent and stop this tragedy in our neighborhoods.

August 25, 2018

Schultz Park, Elroy, WI
N.2425 WI-82
Elroy, WI 53929
EAT Fest is everyday people against trafficking. It's a fun, artistic, creative day filled with art, crafts, music, food and more food. A unique platform for survivors to showcase their art and hand-made items, music, dance, poetry. Vendors will be asked (not obligated) to create a unique item for auction using the inspiration word "liberated." Donated items will be auctioned and ALL funds will benefit community organizations combating trafficking in Wisconsin. This is a FREE, family friendly event open to the public.  Advocates and community organizations supporting anti-trafficking efforts are welcome. 

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