Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lisa Chilar on Writing a Character at AllWriters Workplace

Who is this character living in my head and why won’t she leave me alone?

WAUKESHA – Do you have a voice inside your head? Is he or she coming out in the form of poetry? Let poet Lisa Cihlar help you guide this character through a poetic series! The Poetic Obsession – Writing a Character Series will help you define your character and look at ways to write a cluster of poems that echo each other without being carbon copies. Participants will do exercises, brain storming, and character mapping. Cihlar’s own Swampy Woman, from her new chapbook, The Insomniac’s House, would not slink back into the algae green waters. She had to have her say and to hear what others had to say about her. Let your character crawl out too! Bring along five to ten character based poems and let’s see who shouts the loudest. This AllWriters’ Celebrity Saturday Event will take place on September 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LISA J. CIHLAR’S poems have been published in The South Dakota Review, Corium, Green Mountains Review, In Posse Review, Bluestem, and The Prose-Poem Project. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of two chapbooks, “The Insomniac’s House,” from Dancing Girl Press, and “This is How She Fails” from Crisis Chronicles. She lives in rural southern Wisconsin.

This Celebrity Saturday event has a fee of $85, which includes lunch, catered by Café de Art! You can register by calling 262-446-0284, or going online at http://www.allwriters.org/., click on Celebrity Saturdays.

AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching and editing services. A schedule of classes and registration is available online at http://www.allwriters.org/ or you can call 262-446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha.

Kathie Giorgio
Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC
Author, "The Home For Wayward Clocks"
234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284

Kathie's Website: http://www.kathiegiorgio.org/

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fall Writers and Book Festivals!

WWA Fall Conference
September 28-30, 2012

Hotel Mead and Conference Center
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

See the page for all speakers and costs. Great workshops lined up!

Edgerton Book Festival
September 29, 2012

Edgerton High School
200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton

The Book & Film Festival consists of a number of interactive literary events. These include featured speakers and authors who share their insight on their writing and the inspiration for their books. The authors include those who have written best-sellers as well as Wisconsin authors. Through collaborative efforts within our community and those of the literary world we work together to present a weekend full of free reading and film related activities. In addition, a children’s author is selected each year to receive the Sterling North Literary Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature which is presented at the Book & Film Festival.

November 7-11, 2012
The Wisconsin Book Festival is a free, five-day program of public events that takes place every Fall in downtown Madison. It is the state's largest literary festival, drawing thousands of attendees annually.

Since its inception in 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has been a showcase for literary talent from across the state of Wisconsin and beyond. It is a forum for people to come together and sit face to face and side by side, to talk and listen, whisper, laugh, cry, sing, sign, write notes, tell jokes, and give voice to their ideas. The Wisconsin Book Festival is a special project of the Wisconsin Humanities Council, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, and works to fulfill the WHC’s mission: Community through Conversation.

We proudly host authors of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for readers of all ages; in addition we stage plays, offer hands-on workshops, feature spoken word performances, and more. Our authors have included such well-known names as Grace Paley, Tim O’Brien, Edwidge Danticat, Isabel Allende, Michael Chabon, TC Boyle, Judy Blume, Wendell Berry, Michael Perry, Lorrie Moore, Lynda Barry and Harvey Pekar.

November 24, 2012
Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival
Mineral Point
Opening Doors, Minds, and Pages

Join us November 24, 2012 for the second annual Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival.

We are very excited to announce that the Festival on November 24, 2012 will be a full day of events. The morning will showcase workshops across a range of engaging literary topics for people of all ages. An afternoon of book signing and readings will highlight authors who were selected after submitting their book(s) and being chosen by our Literary Advisory Group. The day will be capped off with a keynote presentation at the historic Mineral Point Opera House by nationally known speakers John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. Bookmark the date, we look forward to seeing you on November 24th!