Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The Mill: A Place for Writers 
"Mill Saturday Event."
This workshop will consist of:
--presentation of short poem forms
--examination of short poems by authors, such as Lorine Niedecker, Cid Corman, Jonathan Green, and Tom Montag
--time for participants to write and discuss their work
What is "very short"? For our purposes, poems with a maximum of 30-35 syllables.
When: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1-4 PM
Where: Monte Alverno Retreat Center, 1000 N. Ballard Rd., Appleton WI 54911. Class size limited to 12.
Total Cost: $55 (nonrefundable deposit of $25). Please send check for $25 to: The Mill, PO Box 861, Appleton WI 54912.
Deposit Due: May 25
**Please bring your own writing utensils and paper. Other class materials provided.

For more information, contact Karla Huston at or Steve Polansky at

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jade Ring and Lindemann Humor Contests now open!

Wisconsin Writers Association Contests
Submission Deadline: July 31st
Spring to Your Contest
Quick Links

Welcome to the Wisconsin Writers Association's 2015 contest season! We invite you to enter the Jade Ring categories and the Florence Lindemann humor contest. Each year, writers from across the state hone their skills and present their work to exceptional judges. Now we offer the opportunity to get personal feedback from each judge, making entering a contest not only a measure of your skill, but a way to get important insight as to your strengths and weaknesses as an ever-evolving writer. Enter often and enter early to get the most out of this contest season! 
Poetry: Sarah Busse
Sarah Busse (Sarah Sadie) is co-editor of Cowfeather Press and one of two Poets Laureate of Madison, Wisconsin (2012-2015), where she lives with her family. Her poems and books have won multiple prizes, including the Posner and Niedecker Prizes (CWW) and a Pushcart. A new chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes, was published by Five Oaks Press in spring 2015, and a second full-length collection, We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds is forthcoming from Lit Fest Press in the fall. These days you can find her at @sarahsadie1313 and
, or out on her screen porch, with a fresh mug of coffee and a blank page before her.

Nonfiction: Richard "Dick" Radtke

Richard Radtke is the author of six novels; two collection of short stories; and a memoir, Persistence of Vision. His work has appeared in the Wisconsin Academy Review; Prime Times; Julien's Journal; Writers of Wisconsin anthology; Lines in the Sand; and the Wisconsin Writer's Jade Ring Anthology.

Dick served as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and operated his own writing and editing firm, Dick Radtke Public Relations.

His business writing included contributions to a wide spectrum of consumer trade and general publications. He is the author of more than 50 books and papers on financial management and related subjects. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Clare and their dog Rocky.

Fiction: Pam Hayry
Pam is an 8th grade teacher in Spencer. 

Florence Lindemann: Diana Schramer
Diana is the owner of Write Way Copyediting.

Diana Schramer is a freelance copy editor and owner of Write Way Copyediting LLC. She has edited numerous books, fiction (including paranormal and sci-fi) and nonfiction (including memoir, spirituality, religion, wellness, addiction and recovery, and true crime). She also edits personal essays, blog posts, newsletters, and business-related documents. Diana is a member of and is the south-central region coordinator for Wisconsin Writer's Association, Inc. and a member of American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE). For more information about Diana and to follow her blog, please visit

Ann Garvin speaks in Waukesha June 6

From the desk of Kathie Giorgio, Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC:
WAUKESHA – Expert plotting is the best way to keep readers turning pages, all the way to the end. Whether you have just the germ of an idea or a whole complicated manuscript, this workshop will illuminate for you the numerous way structure is used to achieve cohesion and will help you find the most gripping way to tell your story. On Saturday, June 6th, Ann Garvin will illustrate the most compelling way to tell a tale. AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer ANN GARVIN with her workshop, THE MOST COMPELLING WAY TO TELL A TALE: PLOT AND COHESION.
Whether you are working on a novel, short story, essay, or memoir, each work must tell a compelling story and maintain the energy of that story all the way through to the end. There are lots of ways to tell a story, but expert plotting is the best way to keep readers turning the pages. Plotting also helps with cohesion, resisting the mid-draft slump and can ultimately save time. This workshop examines the numerous ways structure is used to achieve cohesion and will help you find the most compelling way to tell your story. This workshop is for writers with just a germ of an idea or a whole complicated manuscript.
ANN GARVIN’s decades of teaching health and studying what makes people tick proved a perfect backdrop for her novels On Maggie’s Watch and The Dog Year. Her teaching position as an adjunct in the Masters of Fine Arts position at Southern New Hampshire University allows her to marry her love of people, story, and writing and help others do the same. She is a featured writer for, where she writes on entrepreneurs, health, and how to save the world. Ann is devoted to helping people find health and tell their stories, and fundraises for and animal rescues. Ann, a natural storyteller, is a sought-after speaker and educator at conferences where writing, health, and human nature are discussed.
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. Ann Garvin’s workshop will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 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 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. 

Summer Hanford
AllWriters’ Assistant

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