Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Novel in Progress Book Camp

Wisconsin Writers Association
A Writer Resource Since 1948

News Release

April 21, 2014

Internationally acclaimed novelist heads writing workshop in Washington County

WEST BEND, Wis. – Award-winning novelist and international writing instructor SJ Rozan is the author-in-residence and writing advisor for the first Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, May 18-24, at Cedar Valley Center & Spa northwest of West Bend.

Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association and the Chicago Writers Association, the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp provides hands-on advice and one-on-one guidance for writers developing or polishing a book-length manuscript in any genre. The N-I-P Bookcamp receives additional support from Creative Co-Sponsor Diana Schramer, Write Way copyediting LLC, www.writewaycopyediting.com.

“The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp is a great opportunity for writers inspired to start a book and who are determined to finish their work. The Bookcamp provides a platform designed specifically to help you to complete your manuscript and make it a successful addition to the literary world,” said Tori Collins, president of the Chicago Writers Association.

Rozan’s 14 mystery novels have won multiple awards including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon Her short stories have appeared in various “Best of” collections and she’s edited two short story anthologies. Based in New York, Rozan teaches and lectures widely including the Crime Fiction Academy in New York, the Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy, The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Symrna Beach, Fla., and as writer-in-residence at the Singapore Management University.

Joining her at this year’s Bookcamp are staff members Philip Martin and Lisa Lickel.

Former acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, Martin is director of Great Lakes Literary, Milwaukee, where he edits and produces award-winning nonfiction and fiction title for adults and young readers. He also is the author of several books on writing.

A versatile and award-winning novelist, historian, and editor from Washington County, Lickel has published eight books ranging from Christian romance to mysteries to paranormal. Her experience with e-publishing and the blossoming field of boutique publishers will be an invaluable resource for Bookcamp registrants. She will lead a panel discussion on the publishing industry and multiplying publishing avenues – and pitfalls – for today’s writers.

Scheduled guest speakers include TV and movie scriptwriter James Strauss from southeast Wisconsin, and the agents of Red Sofa Literary, Dawn Frederick and Jennie Goloboy, St. Paul, Minn.

“Unlike the traditional classroom writing conferences, the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp offers a small group of writers an opportunity to spend six days entirely focused on their works-in-progress, with one-on-one counseling from published authors and experiences writing instructors and literary agents,” Wisconsin Writers Association President Dave Rank said.

The six-day Bookcamp registration remains open for commuter enrollees for $795, which includes all Bookcamp classes, materials, critique sessions, one-on-one consultations, and all meals. A limited number of residential registrations remain open.

For more information and application details contact Dave Rank, N-I-P Bookcamp Director
vpres@wiwrite.org, 262-717-5154, www.nipbookcamp.wordpress.com, www.facebook.com/NIPBookcamp.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Hiking Book from Rob Bignell


Wisconsin author's new hiking guide focuses on St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

OJAI, Calif. (April 14, 2014) – Atiswinic Press has released the first-ever comprehensive guide to day hiking trails in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

The new book “Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway” (Atiswinic Press) describes more than 70 trails in 
the popular National Park Service unit.

Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, by Rob Bignell, describes more than 70 trails in the popular riverway. The riverway annually boasts more than 520,000 visitors, making it more popular than over half of all national parks.

The National Park Service unit straddles the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and includes both the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. It runs from Prescott, Wis., north to near Solon Springs, Wis., then extends into Wisconsin stretching from outside Danbury, Wis., east to near Cable, Wis. Seven state parks and several state forests, county parks, and nature centers are in the riverway. 

“In the scenic riverway, you can lean against 200-year-old trees or feel the splash of a hidden waterfall, you can retrace the steps of historic portages or watch bald eagle families soar overhead, and you can walk across billion-year-old rock or pick apples as autumn leaves turn red and golden,” Bignell said. “It’s not surprising that the riverway and its parks are so popular.”

The book provides a plethora of information about each featured trail, including:
  • Driving directions to the trail
  • Where to park and find the trailhead
  • Course the trail takes
  • Scenic points to look for on the trail
  • Wildlife and flora you might spot
  • Interesting tidbits about the area’s geology and history
  • Trailside amenities such as water fountains and bathrooms
  • Best times to hike the trail

Following each featured trail are brief descriptions of other nearby day hiking trails.

“These trails are perfect for families with children or anyone who wants to spend just a couple of hours outdoors enjoying and discovering nature,” Bignell said. The trails run from a third of a mile to 6 miles in length, with most only a mile to three miles long.

Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is the sixth guidebook in the well-received “Hittin’ the Trail” series. Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking Polk County, Wis. spent 10 consecutive weeks on Amazon.com’s travel bestseller list last year while Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking Grand Canyon National Park reached the top 10.

Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is the first title in the “Hittin’ the Trail” series to be released as a paperback. All previous titles are ebooks, available for a variety of e-readers, including Kindle, iBook, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader.

“Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway” 
author Rob Bignell.

A long-time hiker, editor and journalist, Bignell is uniquely qualified to discuss day hiking especially for families. The author of eight other hiking guidebooks, including the popular Hikes with Tykes and Headin to the Cabin series, Bignell is an avid hiker, long-time editor, and Wisconsin native who’s been day hiking with his son for more than six years. Together they’ve scaled summits almost two miles high, crossed America’s driest deserts, and walked beneath trees soaring 15 stories over their heads.

Before Kieran, Bignell served as an infantryman in the Army National Guard and taught middle school students in New Mexico and Wisconsin. His newspaper work has won several journalism awards, from editorial writing to sports reporting. In 2001, The Prescott Journal, which he served as managing editor of, was named Wisconsin’s Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

Bignell now lives with his son in Hudson, Wis., only a couple of miles from the scenic riverway.

“Hittin’ the Trail” is available for purchase online at: http://hikeswithtykes.com/hittinthetrail_stcroixnationalscenicriverway.html.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yummy new cozy by Susan Bernhardt

The Ginseng Conspiracy
By Susan Bernhardt

Ebook 5.95
MuseItUp Publishing
January 2014

About the Book:
On her way to attend a Halloween Ball, Kay Driscoll, a newcomer to town, witnesses the murder of a local professor. When the official coroner's report rules the cause of death to be accidental and the community accepts the judgment, Kay decides to uncover the truth for herself. Through her personal investigations, Kay exposes a complex conspiracy, woven deep within the thriving local ginseng industry, that involves some of the more prominent figures and families of Sudbury Falls.

With her new friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, Kay discusses new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa's Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters. As Kay gets closer to the heart of the conspiracy, additional murders happen in quick succession. Before long, Kay learns that the villains are gunning for her, too. Phil, her musically talented but preoccupied husband, determined to keep her safe, withholds from her the one thing she needs most: the truth.

My Review:
I was eager to read and review Bernhardt’s new cozy from my publisher, MuseItUp. The Ginseng Conspiracy is set in the fictional town in Wisconsin near where I set my own—I think I recognized a couple of characters, too. Big Smile.

Unlike the typical cozy, Bernhardt’s story unravels much like Columbo. The crime of murder appears after the stage was set, readers know who dun it, and we follow the amateur sleuth as she and her sidekicks dig up clues. We want to scream “duck” or “don’t go there!” as conspirators lurk around every corner. The bad guys have a few scenes of their own, and there’s something else going on with our sleuth’s marriage that is part sideline and part red herring. The author did leave a surprise suspect which kept me turning pages in a hurry.

Ginseng Conspiracy is a longer mystery, filled with yummy food and lots of descriptions. Mostly told in first person from Kay, the sleuth’s, point of view, the reader will occasionally wander into other character’s perspectives. Kay’s friends are a blast, and the mythical town of Sudbury Falls is a great place to visit. Fun for those who like meatier cozies. Looking forward to more of Kay and her buddies to come! Recipes? Please!

About the Author:
Susan Bernhardt’s town in northern Wisconsin was an inspiration for the quaint setting of her novel. Like Kay Driscoll in her cozy mystery, The Ginseng Conspiracy, Susan is a retired nurse who volunteers at her local free clinic. She lives with her husband, William, and has two sons, Peter and David.
An avid reader of mysteries, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc. Her other published works include October 31st, Midsummer, and John and Madeline.

When not writing, Susan loves to travel, bicycle, kayak, and create culinary magic in her kitchen. She works in stained-glass, daydreams in her organic garden, stays up late reading mysteries, and eats lots of chocolate.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Max Garland workshop April 26

From the desk of Kathie Giorgio, Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC:
WAUKESHA – Have you ever wondered where you truly belong in the vastness of the universe? Then we have the celebrity lecturer for you! AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer Max Garland with his workshop, POETRY & PLACE.
Whether you dream of realms beyond imaging or like to stay right here at home, you’ll love looking at the concept of place through the medium of poetry. Great works both classic and modern will guide you to a more meaningful understanding of your location in the world. Inspired by this journey, you’ll be encouraged to create new poetic works, on which you will receive real time comments and reactions.
MAX GARLAND is author of The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition in 2006, as well as a chapbook Apparition. His work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, Best American Short Stories, and many other journals and anthologies. He has received a NEA Fellowship for Poetry, Michener Fiction Fellowship, a Bush Literary Fellowship, the Tara Short Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board in both poetry and fiction. He lives and teaches in Eau Claire, and is the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.
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.
Max Garland’s workshop will be held on
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
cost $85, 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 and registration is available online at http://www.allwritersworkshop.com/ or you can call 262-446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha.

Summer Hanford
AllWriters' Assistant
234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Awesome Dayhikers Companion

Headin’ to the Cabin, Day Hiking Trails of Northwest Wisconsin
by Rob Bignell

Atiswinic Press
April 2013
ISBN: 978 0985873967
9.95 pbook
1.99 ebook

About the Book:
Whether you own a cottage that you visit on weekends or rent one for a week-long vacation, “headin’ to the cabin” is more than a time-honored tradition among Midwesterners. Simply put, it’s part of who we are. And what better way to experience all that “up north” has to offer than through a day hike? Headin’ to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of Northwestern Wisconsin, is an indispensable guide to anyone who owns or rents a cabin on or near the St. Croix River, Lake Superior and all points between, describing trails in Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn counties.

My review
Headin’ to the Cabin is one of several day hiking guides the author has published, not only in Wisconsin. This is a great guide especially for unexperienced hiker, or for those who are used to hiking with small children. The first few chapters are relegated to what to expect and how to prepare. Bignell explains why he has no maps in his books, and he’s absolutely right. Hikers need to do some preparing on their own, and printing out the most current and up to date maps from either his site or an official site dedicated to the trail or portion of the trail you intend to take is the best. The rest of the book gives great information about trails, trailheads, directions and what hikers might experience on the trails. Included are a few nearby trails as well. I’ve been on a few of the hikes he’s mentioned, and plan to do more especially on the Gandy Dancer, after reading this guide. Look for more of them by this author as well, from Grand Canyon to specific local Wisconsin trails to special trips and activities to do with youngsters.

About the author:
ROB BIGNELL is an avid hiker, long-time editor, and Wisconsin native who’s been day hiking with his son for more than five years. Together they’ve scaled summits almost two miles high, crossed America’s driest deserts, and walked beneath trees soaring 15 stories over their heads.

He is the owner and chief editor at Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the editing and proofreading needs of writers both new and published. He is author of the nonfiction Hikes with Tykes guidebooks as well as a collection of poetry, Love Letters to Sophie's Mom. Several of his short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published. For more than two decades, he worked as an award-winning journalist, with half of those years spent as an editor. In addition, for seven years he worked as an English teacher or a community college journalism instructor. He holds a Masters degree in English and a Bachelors in journalism and English.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WWA Author Showcase, May, La Crosse

Wisconsin Writers Association
A Writer Resource since 1948

News Release

March 30, 2014

LA CROSSE – Writers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and across the northern Midwest will promote their books during the first annual Authors Showcase book fair and signing hosted by the Wisconsin Writers Association on Saturday, May 3, at the Days Inn Conference Center, French Island, in La Crosse, Wis., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open to the public, the Authors Showcase is the tent pole event of the WWA’s two-day Spring Conference that starts Friday afternoon, May 2. Public admission is free to the Showcase only. Registration is required for additional conference activities.

The WWA’s Authors Showcase is a timely opportunity for local writers to meet the book-buying public. Individual display space can be reserved, and authors can sign up for time on our open microphone schedule.

The WWA is a non-profit volunteer organization that has provided services to individuals interested in the literary craft since 1948. This Authors Showcase is one of many service programs offered to our members and other writers including our three-day Fall Conference in October held in Wisconsin Rapids, writing contests, Creative Wisconsin literary magazine, members newsletter, and the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp.
Display space during the Showcase costs a modest $20, which includes lunch. If you are a WWA member, a $35 includes lunch, display table space, and full access to all conference activities Friday and Saturday (nonmember full registration is $65). Requests by two or more authors to share a table will be honored.
To register, go to the WWA website, www.wiwrite.org and click on Conferences in the menu, then Spring Conference. Displace space is limited.

Questions? Contact Dave Rank, WWA president, pres@wiwrite.org.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Author Appearance March 26 Angela Sorby, anthology of children's poetry

A notice of an author appearance:

Angela Sorby, will be at Boswell's Book Company, 2559 N. Downer, 7:00pm Wednesday March 26
She has co-edited "Over the River and Through the Woods: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children's Poetry" and will be talking about that book.  

Sorby is an associate professor of English at Marquette University. Her newest book "The Sleeve Waves" (University of Wisconsin Press) is this year's winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry  and contains many Wisconsin locales and musical references. 

Karin Schmidt
WWA SE Region Coordinator