Thursday, March 5, 2015

Alice Allan writes Mrs. Ballou, Civil War-era reformer


~~Shedding new light on American history through the life of Addie L. Ballou (1838-1916), one story at a time~~

The biography (second edition) Addie L. Ballou
Spiritualist Reformer, Poet, and Artist 
ISBN-13: 978-1502496324 
LCCN: 2014917346
Published: September 2014
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The novel Mrs. Ballou
A novel inspired by actual people and events 
ISBN-13: 978-1499575538 
LCCN: 2014915144
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Her husband's Civil War diary He Said
Diary of a Civil War Hospital Steward

ISBN-13: 978-1475225068
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Sept. 24, 1861: At 33 years of age, A. D. Ballou enlisted in Company C of the 10th Reg't of Wisconsin Volunteers. He asked to serve in a hospital as a nurse, or somewhere suited to his tastes. Reflecting on his enlistment that day, he wrote, "It is a great step and I feel that my life is to change."

Indeed it did.

With no prior medical training, he started as a private and was promoted to a hospital steward (at times directed to be Acting Assistant Surgeon during battle).

His diary covers the Battles of Tunnel Hill, Hoovers Gap, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge; winter at Chattanooga and Tyner's Station; Sherman's campaign to Atlanta (Peachtree Creek, Kennesaw Mountain and more). Maps (by Hal Jespersen), genealogy connections of those appearing in the diary, annotations, and a comprehensive index have been added.

From the Author

WHAT PROMPTED ME TO WRITE A HISTORICAL NOVEL ABOUT THIS ASPECT OF ADDIE L. BALLOU'S LIFE:
For nearly fifteen years, I determinedly researched Addie Ballou's life and involvement in the Spiritualism movement that flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century. Doing so enriched not only my life, but other lives as well, in ways none of us could have foreseen.
     In particular, I was contacted by other descendants of Albert and Addie Ballou and offered pieces of history, including Addie's original diary from the year 1873. It was filled with names, observations, and beautifully written descriptions of her Spiritualist activities and family life. I spent the next two years deciphering her handwriting and determining which entries were meaningful and which ones were not.
     As I dug deeper into the Spiritualism movement and its connection to social reform in America, I realized the personal stories of women had been left untold and at a minimum misunderstood. Due to their inability to express what happened to them, and the lack of social acceptance if they had, unspeakable secrets went with them to their graves.
     That is, unless, a woman recorded just enough of those remembrances in a diary that somehow, miraculously, surfaced nearly 140 years later. Mrs. Ballou, as a historical novel, is the result.
Alice Allan holds a B. A. (Humanities) from Colorado State University and currently lives with her much-needed sense of humor in Denver, Colorado.

Visit my web page: http://www.aliceallan.com/

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bo Carter Memorial Contest from Waukesha Writer's Workshop

Waukesha Writer’s Workshop founded December 1951

BO CARTER MEMORIAL CONTEST – 2015                               RULES AND GUIDELINES

1. CATEGORIES:  Nonfiction: 1. Essay – not to exceed 2,000 words 
                                                   2.  Article – not to exceed 2,000 words
                                                   3. Nostalgia – not to exceed 1,500 words 
         Fiction:     4. Short Story – not to exceed 3,000 words (any genre)
                          5. Poetry – Up to 4 poems.  Total for all 4 poems inclusive not to exceed 90 lines.                                                                Enter as many of the four categories as you wish, but only ONE entry in any one category.

ONLY UNPUBLISHED MATERIAL (mms) WILL BE ACCEPTED

2.  ENTRY FEE:  Contest entrance is free to paid-up members of Waukesha Writer’s Workshop.      Nonmembers may either pay a $5.00 reading fee for EACH CATEGORY entered or opt to become a member by paying the annual dues of $15.00.  Make all checks payable for dues or reading fees to: Waukesha Writer’s Workshop.

3.  MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION:  Entries must be typed on one side, only, of 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper, DOUBLE SPACED with standard one-inch margins.  ALL SINGLE SPACED NON POEM ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Poems may be either double or single spaced.
TITLE, CATEGORY, PAGE NUMBER, and NUMBER OF WORDS OR LINES must be at the top of the FIRST PAGE of the manuscript.  Each page of the Manuscript must contain the TITLE and PAGE NUMBER.  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE MANUSCRIPT PAGES.  Paperclip the manuscript – DO NOT STAPLE.

Prepare a COVER SHEET  FOR EACH CATEGORY, with your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, name of the manuscript, category and number of words or lines ON IT.

4. DEADLINE:  Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at the regular meeting of the Waukesha Writer’s Workshop at Brookfield Highland Senior Apartments, Community Room, 20825 George Hunt Circle , Waukesha , Wisconsin .  If you are unable to attend the April meeting, MAIL or DELIVER manuscript (s) to Mickey Burgermeister, S69 W17349 Kirkwood Dr., Muskego, WI 53150, with check for dues or reading fee (s), to be received PRIOR to meeting date.

5. PRIZES:  In each CATEGORY –    First Prize       $25.00
                                                              Second Prize   $15.00
                                                              Third Prize      $10.00

If the judge/judges do not think the manuscripts merit awards, they are not obligated to select winners for each prize.  Judges to be announced.

 WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE WAUKESHA WRITER’S WORKSHOP’S
MAY 18,  2015 MEETING.

If you have any questions, contact Mickey Burgermeister (262-679-0862) or Ramon Klitzke (262-547-3570) or Don Schambow – dschambow1@wi.rr.com  

               PLEASE NOTE:  Failure to follow ANY of the above guidelines will automatically disqualify your entry.
GUIDELINES

Essay – 1. Begins with a premise.  2. Cites examples and data supporting premise. (allow reader to view issue or situation through author’s eyes)  3. Reveals author’s conclusion and an invites reader to reach same conclusion.  Author’s opinion. (Subjective – author personally involved)  Purpose: to convince

Article – Nonfictional prose.  An idea is honed into a theme that becomes the precise subject.  Four part structure – 1. lead (capture readers attention) 2. Theme paragraph   3. Body (develops the theme using quotes and anecdotes)   4. Conclusion (answers questions raised at beginning or summarizes main points)  Factual (objective – author not personally  involved, based upon research) – Purpose: to inform

Nostalgia – relates personal experiences intended to evoke an emotional response.  Most effective if has universal appeal, focusing on commonly shared experiences. Author’s remembrances.  Purpose:  to share life’s experiences.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ERIN CELELLO at ALL WRITERS Feb 7 2015


From the desk of Kathie Giorgio, Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC:
 
CELEBRITY SATURDAY: ERIN CELELLO           
 
WAUKESHA – What is the one thing that will keep readers coming back? Your characters. Crafting your characters to be memorable, interesting and believable entities who inspire an emotional response, positive or negative, is the heart of any good story. On Saturday, February 7th, Erin Celello will give you the keys to creating characters who will bring your work to life. AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer ERIN CELELLO with her workshop, CREATING CHARACTERS WORTH KNOWING.
 
You can draft a plot that twists and turns, or conjure a truly unforgettable setting, but without richly-drawn characters, those efforts will inevitably fall flat. In this workshop, you’ll meet – or re-acquaint yourselves with – memorable characters in literature and examine what makes them tick. You’ll then look at the importance of significant details, dialogue, and research in creating the kinds of characters who are so vivid and complex, readers are left scanning the sidewalk or longing to share a cup of coffee with them. This workshop will include a series of short exercises designed to help bring your characters to life and leave an impression long after readers turn the final page.
 
ERIN CELELLO is the author of Miracle Beach (Penguin/NAL 2011) and Learning to Stay (Penguin/NAL 2013), as well as a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nominee. She has an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University and is an assistant professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two young sons, and two unruly Vizslas. For more about Erin, visit www.erincelello.com.
 
Celebrity Saturdays are a great chance to broaden your knowledge of what it takes to be successful and to learn from writers who are already knee deep in an author’s life. Erin Celello’s workshop will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $85, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own Café de Art.
 
AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available at www.allwritersworkshop.com or by calling (262) 446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha, as featured in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel.


Summer Hanford
AllWriters' Assistant

234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284
www.allwritersworkshop.com
Please "like" Author Kathie Giorgio on Facebook, and follow KathieGiorgio on Twitter!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Writer's Institute March 27-29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/6/2015
WRITERS’ INSTITUTE FEATURES NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO NETWORK AND SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS

MADISON, Wis. – The 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers’ Institute will break down the traditional barriers between presenters and attendees.

The 26th annual event, which takes place March 27-29 at the Madison Concourse Hotel, adds a Writing Mixer this year. Those attending the conference will have a chance to mingle with literary agents, publishers, and acclaimed writers. They can also get to know authors in their chosen genre at special luncheon events.

The Writers’ Institute offers attendees new opportunities for improving their craft. Instructors will conduct advanced critiques for fiction, young adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir. They will also challenge authors to explore their skills in prose and poetry with a program called Writing Prompts.

The Writers’ Institute is the Midwest’s premier writers’ conference, allowing new, emerging, and established authors in all genres to take their careers to the next level. It offers writers practical tips for improving and selling their work, as well as a unique opportunity to make pitches to literary agents and publishers. The three-day event features lectures, workshops, book signings, and practice pitch sessions, along with the new social events.

This year’s instructors include John Dufresne, whose novels Louisiana Power & Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little were New York Times Notable Books of the Year; Marilyn L. Taylor, former poet laureate of Wisconsin; and agents from Fuse Literary, Red Sofa Literary, and the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, among others.

New this year is a chance for publication in the 2016 edition of the Midwest Prairie Review. The journal will print winning entries from the conference’s Poem or Page contest, which seeks entries in fiction, nonfiction, young adult fiction, and flash fiction.

“Among this year’s new networking opportunities, we will offer informal discussions of trending topics in publishing, and will also provide space for writing groups to form,” says Writers’ Institute director Laurie Scheer. “Writers should walk away from the event not only inspired and enlightened, but also with at least three new contacts.”
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Contact:               Laurie Scheer, 608-265-3972, lscheer@dcs.wisc.edu
Laura Kahl, 608-262-3982, lkahl@dcs.wisc.edu

Friday, January 2, 2015

Poet Lisa Marie Brodsky at AllWriters in Waukesha Sat Jan 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From the desk of Kathie Giorgio, Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC:
 
CELEBRITY SATURDAY: LISA MARIE BRODSKY   
 
WAUKESHA – Everyone suffers loss and hardship, and everyone deals with these pains in their own unique way. Sometimes, the most healing form of grief can be found in self-expression. After the death of her mother, Lisa Marie Brodsky translated her pain into something tangible and healing, the poetry of her collection “Motherlung.” On Saturday, January 24th, she will share her healing strategies with you. AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer LISA MARIE BRODSKY with her poetry workshop, TRANSLATING THE LANGUAGE OF LOSS.
 
Now standing on the other side of the grief chasm, Lisa invites you to a workshop that can help both new and experienced poets gain insight into a particular loss and untangle the emotions surrounding that wound. By reading other elegiac poems, discussing processes of writing, and sharing her own journey of writing “Motherlung,” Lisa will teach a variety of ways to find your own peace and redemption through writing. Come with a willingness to dig deep, be brave, and honor the battle wounds and scars we’ve all accumulated in order to put that next foot forward. Come translate what’s been tangled and chaotic into meaningful poetry – a balm for a hurting heart.
 
LISA MARIE BRODSKY is the author of “Motherlung” (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and “We Nod Our Dark Heads” (Parallel Press, 2008). She received her M.F.A. in Poetry from UW-Madison as a Martha Meir Renk Graduate Fellow in 2005. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published in The North American Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Verse Wisconsin, Pirene’s Fountain, among others. “Motherlung,” and its story of grief and redemption, has resonated with many and was featured in Madison Magazine, on WISC-TV, and WORT Radio. Besides writing poetry, Lisa’s passion is teaching and guiding others to their place of confident creativity. Lisa lives in Evansville, Wisconsin, with her husband and three stepchildren.
 
Celebrity Saturdays are a great chance to broaden your knowledge of what it takes to be successful and to learn from writers who are already knee deep in an author’s life. Lisa Marie Brodsky’s workshop will be held on Saturday, January 24th, 2015. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $85, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own Café de Art.
 
AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available at www.allwritersworkshop.com or by calling (262) 446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha, as featured in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel.

Summer Hanford
AllWriters’ Assistant

234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284
www.allwritersworkshop.com
Please "like" Author Kathie Giorgio on Facebook, and follow KathieGiorgio on Twitter!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shut Up and Write workshop at RedBird Studios starting Jan 17

Shut Up & Write!

For beginning and experienced writers
6 Saturdays, Jan 17 – Feb 21 (snow date Feb 28)
12 noon – 3 pm (okay to bring your lunch or snacks)
$345 ($100 deposit holds space until Jan 5th)


Enjoy the company of a small group of writers from all backgrounds, all ages, all levels of education and experience. Beginners learn the brass tacks. Pros tune-up and polish skills in added areas of writing.

You'll learn practical skills you can use to write fiction and nonfiction stories, articles, memoirs, essays, plays and corporate communications. 
  • Get your thoughts (and materials) organized
  • Bring your characters to life in fiction and nonfiction
  • Write powerful, attention-grabbing scenes
  • Get, and hold, your readers attention
  • Master Point of View, Show vs Tell, Narrative Drive
  • Get and give useful, encouraging critique
Develop your skills • Build confidence • Get moving!

Details and Registration info on Redbird Studio web site:
www.redbirdstudio.com/where-when.html