Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jill Dobbe and her new book about teaching in Egypt


Traveling across the globe to work in an international school in Cairo, Egypt, was not exactly the glamorous lifestyle I thought it would be. I cherished my travels to the Red Sea, delighted in visiting the Pyramids, and appreciated the natural wonders of the Nile River. However, I also spent days without electricity or internet, was leered at by rude Egyptian men, breathed in Cairo’s cancerous black smog, and coaxed school work from rich, apathetic students. Why the heck did I do it? So I could experience the unexpected, explore the extraordinary, and bask in the thrill of adventure! Whether you’re a traveler or not, you will be astounded at this honest and riveting account of learning to live in an Islamic society, while confronting the daily challenges of being an educator in a Muslim school.

May, 2016
168 pp
ISBN  978-1517027810
EBook $3.99
Paperback $7.99
Buy on Amazon
Also available at Book World in Shawano, WI

About the Author:
Jill Dobbe
Jill is an international educator and published author who writes about her experiences living and working in schools and countries around the world. She presently lives in her seventh country, Honduras, with her husband, Dan, and her Yorkie-Poo, Mickey. While working as an elementary principal, Jill also writes, travels, takes photos of the beautiful people and countries of Latin America, and muddles her way through the Spanish language. Jill loves her life as an international educator, and most days, feels like she is living her dream.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wisconsin Writers Jade Ring contest info and judges

Judges for the 2016 Jade Ring competition include Laurie Scheer, Patricia Skalka, and Marilyn Taylor. Jade Ring contestants may also elect to receive the judge’s written feedback on their entries for an additional fee. See submission guidelines for more information. The contest submission period closes July 31, 2016. Winners and placers are announced at the Jade Ring Banquet Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the WWA Fall Conference held in Neenah.

Download the mail in submission form
OR Enter online

Nonfiction Judge
Laurie Scheer, Media Goddess, is a former vice president of programming for WE: Women’s Entertainment. She has worked as an assistant, d-girl, and producer for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC-Cablevision.
Laurie has been an instructor at numerous universities across the US including Northwestern, UCLA, American University, and Yale. She is the author of a book about working in Hollywood entitled Creative Careers in Hollywood and her DVD How to Pitch and Sell Your Screenplay has been a perennial favorite at screenwriting events.
As a professional speaker, she has appeared at annual conventions for NAB, NATPE, The Great American Pitch Fest, Screenwriters’ World, Reel Screen, WIFV, FTX West, the Willamette Writers Conference. She has served as a judge for numerous screenplay competitions, film festivals, and the International Emmys. She is currently a Faculty Associate/Writing Mentor with UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies Writing Department where she critiques writers’ works, conducts numerous online and in-person courses, and serves as the director of the Writer’s Institute.
She is also the Founding Editor of the literary magazine, The Midwest Review. Her current interest is in exploring ways to preserve good storytelling within the 21st century transmedia marketplace and sharing her new book The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre (Michael Wiese Productions, 2014) with writers in-person, online, and worldwide.
Fiction Judge
Patricia Skalka made her fiction debut with publication of Death at Gills Rock (2015) and Death Stalks Door County (2014), the first of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries from the University of Wisconsin Press. Death in Cold Water, the third volume in the series, will be published this fall.
A Chicago native and writing instructor, Skalka is a former Reader’s Digest Staff Writer, editor, and freelancer with human interest and medical articles in national print and online publications and nonfiction books published by Random House, St. Martin’s and Rodale. She is a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Society of Midland Authors and the Chicago Writers Association.

Poetry Judge

Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six poetry collections. Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, American Scholar, Measure, and Able Muse. She has taken first place in a number of poetry contests, and recently received the 2015 Margaret Reid Award, an international competition for poetry in traditional forms.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Badger State Author Event Aug 13 Plan Now

Framed as "an intimate event" by Rochell and Roxanne, the Badger State Author Event is an ultimate "get to know you" opportunity for readers to connect with regional and national authors in the Midwest.

The Badger StateAuthor Event is scheduled for Saturday August 13th, 2016

This event will take place at the Marriott West Hotel located in Madison, WI
The morning session will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
followed by a 2 hour lunch break and
will resume from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets, $15, are now available at

Make sure to get your tickets early before they are sold out as there are a limited number available.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Harold William Thorpe and The O'Shaughnessy Chronicles

Giddyap Tin Lizzie: The Long Road Back to the Plow (The O'Shaughnessy Chronicles, #1)

When a sibling unexpectedly inherits his grandfather’s dairy farm, Will O’Shaughnessy turns to selling Fords in rural, pre-World War I southwestern Wisconsin. But over the next two decades, even as his automobile business booms and he raises a family with his true love, Mary, Will yearns to return to farming. Meanwhile, the small town of Ashley Springs weathers the war, the booming 20s, prohibition and the Great Depression. There’s family drama in devastating illness and an estranged, alcoholic brother. Then, as automobile sales plunge in the deepening 1930s economic crisis, Will sees a reason to finally trade cars for cows. But can he convince his wife and daughters to follow him back out of town?

Bittersweet Harvest: The Weight of the Plow (The O'Shaughnessy Chronicles, #2)

Will O’Shaughnessy has left behind Ashley Springs, and his car dealership, and moved his family to a dairy farm in the hills of southwestern Wisconsin. Now, as the Great Depression gives way to World War II, his daughters are growing up. Neighbors are driving gasoline tractors, but he’s still plowing with horses and milking by hand. Will is living his dream. But challenges bear down. His wife, Mary, insists on taking in their wild teenage niece from Texas. Accidents, unreliable farmhands and weather take their toll. Bills are piling up. He’s wrangling with other dairy farmers about forming a co-op. His troubled, maimed brother Jesse might be back. And did someone purposely set out to sicken his herd? Will is beginning to think that his grandfather was right, that he doesn’t have what it takes to run a farm.

$2.99 Kindle Edition

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Life and Works of Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton Reflection Workshop

The School Sisters of St. Francis invite you, your friends, and family to an inspiring reflection workshop titled “The God of Infinite Love:  The Life & Works of Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton.” This workshop will be presented on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., at St. Joseph Center, the campus of the School Sisters of St. Francis, who are sponsoring the event. We hope to see you there!

“The God of Infinite Love:  The Life & Works of Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton” Reflection Workshop, St. Joseph Hall, 1501 S. Layton Blvd.
 (Greenfield Ave. at 27th St.),
9 a.m.

A treasure trove of stories about the Jewish theologian and the Trappist monk will be presented by Sacred Heart School of Theology’s Sister Mary Carroll, D. Min., lecturer and associate director of pastoral formation, with colleague Bonnie Shafrin, director of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. Learn about the memorable spiritual journeys and insights of the two most revered spiritual writers of the 20th century. 

The fee is $12. 
Write checks to: School Sisters of St. Francis, c/o Donna O’Loughlin.  Contact: or 414-385-5272. 

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Province of the School Sisters of St. Francis.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mount Mary Publishing Institute September 30 October 1


Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, 2016

Publishing Institute Save the Date

Friday, September 30, 2016 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Stiemke Hall, Mount Mary University FREE Event!

On Friday evening Dasha Kelly will speak on the importance of poetry in our world. This event is free and open to the public.

Join fellow writers for a Friday-Saturday event exploring the many facets of publishing.  Learn more about query letters, custom publishing, writing communities, and landing the first book deal. The day includes panel discussions with published authors and the option of a one-on-one with an agent. This program is sponsored by the Master of Arts in English Program, and supported by Red Oak Writing community and Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The keynote speaker is author Jacquelyn Mitchard. This event requires registration and a fee. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

GK Wuori comes to ALLWRITERS April 23 for Novella Workshop

WAUKESHA – Embrace the wonderful world of the novella! Pushcart Prize winning author G. K. Wuori is coming to AllWriters’ to be your personal guide through the mysterious waters of those works both too short to be considered novels, yet too long to be called short stories. Learn the do’s and don’ts of novella writing from the best. On Saturday, April 23rd, AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer G. K. WUORI with his workshop, IT’S NOT JUST A PRETTY NAME FOR A CAT.
In this workshop, you’re going to explore a unique art form, often referred to as the step child of literature: The Novella. These ‘ugly ducklings’ of the writing world include a range of works too long to be considered short stories, and too short to be called novels. Yet, in spite of its reputation, the novella has recently experienced a burst of popularity, especially among the small presses, causing an interesting market to emerge for writers seeking publication. On Saturday, April 23rd, Pushcart Prize winning author G. K. Wuori will guide you through the world of the novella. You’ll learn what distinguishes a novella from a long short story or a short novel, about character and plot pitfalls that arise in the genre, and how to decide if the novella is right for you and your writing. In the April 23rd workshop, you’ll take a look at some notable novellas (The Barracks Thief, The Pearl, Infidelity, Ethan Frome, The Old Man and the Sea), discuss their special features, and engage in exercises designed to help you leave the workshop prepared to begin your own novellas.
G. K. WUORI, a Pushcart Prize winner, Illinois Arts Council Fellow, and widely-published short-story writer, is the author of the cult-classic story collection, Nude In Tub, and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year in fiction, An American Outrage. He has also published the novellas, Now That I’m Ready To Tell You Everything and Infidelity. His latest novel, HoneyLee’s Girl, was released in spring of 2016 by Black Rose Writing. He is Associate Editor of the literary journal, Kippis, and lives in DeKalb, Illinois. More information on his work can be found at
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. G. K. Wuori’s workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own CafĂ© 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 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.