Julian Emerson, Dan Lyksett and Eric Lindquist present, "The Art of the Interview: Listening, Reporting, and Meeting a Deadline"
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Julian Emerson, Dan Lyksett and Eric Lindquist present, "The Art of the Interview: Listening, Reporting, and Meeting a Deadline"

  • The Local Store

How do you find the heart of a human story?  To get to the bottom of the hard-to-find truth?  Join veteran Leader-Telegram reporters Julian Emerson, Dan Lyksett and Eric Lindquist as they offer tips and tricks for writing nonfiction, uncovering the story, and most of all, forging professional relationships with subjects."

Short Story Workshop with Author Amanda Zieba
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

Short Story Workshop with Author Amanda Zieba

  • The Local Store

Join author Amanda Zieba in this hour and a half workshop in which writers will work to craft a short story, starting with idea generation and working all the way to publication options. Specific focus and attention will be paid to the story elements of character, setting and conflict. Participants should bring a laptop or favorite notebook and pen and look forward to a fun evening of writing and new word nerd friends.

Cost: $10 at the door.

Poetry & Popcorn Open Read
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Poetry & Popcorn Open Read

  • The Local Store

Join NOTA and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild for an evening of poetry and popcorn in celebration of National Poetry Month. Bring a beloved poem to share--one you've penned yourself or simply always held close to your heart. Open to all ages, levels, and popcorn lovers.

Charles Payseur presents, "Why Speculate? The Art and Power of Speculative Fiction"
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Charles Payseur presents, "Why Speculate? The Art and Power of Speculative Fiction"

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

Speculative fiction is a strange catch-all genre. What does it mean? What counts as speculative fiction and (perhaps more importantly) how do you write it and sell it? From science fiction to fantasy to horror, speculative fiction is a wide field that thrives on imagining different worlds, and on imagining our world differently. Find out if speculative fiction is right for you and discover your own answer to the question, "Why speculate?"

Click here to read Charles's work.

Eric Rasmussen presents, "The People You Meet When You Write: Tips For Cultivating Your Most Important Asset As A Writer"
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Eric Rasmussen presents, "The People You Meet When You Write: Tips For Cultivating Your Most Important Asset As A Writer"

  • The Local Store

Writers need other writers. We challenge each other. We commiserate with each other. We connect and network and create opportunities for each other. Putting words on a page may be a solitary pursuit, but becoming a better (and published!) writer is not. This craft talk will feature a discussion of opportunities for connecting with writers locally, nationally, and online.  Participants will receive tips for making the most of those connections, maximizing the time they have available for writing communities, and how to turn those investments into writing and publishing success.

To read Eric's work click here.

 

Allyson Loomis presents, "The Presence of Mine Enemies: Villains and Bad Apples in Stories"
Feb
23
5:30 pm17:30

Allyson Loomis presents, "The Presence of Mine Enemies: Villains and Bad Apples in Stories"

  • The Janet Carson Gallery

All stories are fueled by conflict, but in some stories that conflict can be personified as a villain, a bad apple, an agitator, a liar, a usurper, a creep.  In this session we will talk about the uses of villains in stirring up stories, and how one might go about creating a villain, employing a villain and maybe even humanizing a villain.  We'll look at different sorts of entry points for villains in stories and how one might hope to neutralize a villain, in the end.

How BAD can you be?  Come join Allyson Loomis and your fellow writers to find out!

To sign up for Allyson's summer residency at Cirenaica ("Stranger than Fiction: On Writing Narrative Nonfiction and Memoir"), click here!

Drs. Katherine Schneider and CeCelia Zorn present, "Is Self-Publishing for You?"
Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

Drs. Katherine Schneider and CeCelia Zorn present, "Is Self-Publishing for You?"

  • The Classic

Join Drs. Katherine Schneider and CeCelia Zorn-- both local, self-published authors-- as they explore the many facets of self-publishing  to help you decide if it's for you.  Presenters will describe the pros and cons of self-publishing, as well as offer insight on crucial author decisions, from choosing a publisher to marketing one's book.  

If you need disability accommodation for the program, please contact Katherine Schneider two weeks in advance of the session at schneiks@uwec.edu.

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For more on Kathie's work, click here.

For more on CeCelia's work, click here.

Photo credit: www.literalis.net

 

 

Joy to the Word: A Holiday-Themed Open Read
Dec
10
3:00 pm15:00

Joy to the Word: A Holiday-Themed Open Read

  • The Local Store

Join local writers for an afternoon of holiday cheer, humbug and everything in between.  Settle in with some hot cocoa, holiday cookies, and help us celebrate the power of words by sharing your favorite seasonal story, song, poem or essay (five minutes or less please!)  Featuring E.C. Writer-in-Residence Max Garland.

 

Where Songs Come From: A Songwriter's Craft Talk
Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

Where Songs Come From: A Songwriter's Craft Talk

  • The Local Store & Volume One Gallery

Three prolific local songwriters, Billy Krause, Jerrika Mighelle, and Evan Middlesworth will share some of their songs, and discuss the perils and pleasures (but also the nuts and bolts) of songwriting—what comes easy, what comes hard, using examples from their own recent compositions. The event will be moderated by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, and current Eau Claire Writer-in-Residence Max Garland.

"War of the Worlds" Readers' Theater
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

"War of the Worlds" Readers' Theater

  • The Local Store & Volume One Gallery

In celebration of the 78th anniversary of Orson Welles' classic radio drama, "War of the Worlds," join community members for a reader's theater of the infamous show. Don your favorite 1930s-era suit coat or flapper dress and join us for a evening of mass hysteria, panic, and alien invasions.
Featuring: Paul Thomas, Rob Reid, Ken Szymanski, Katie Hennen, Jason Splichal, Debbie Brown. Introduction: Jim Rybicki.  Lighting: Nick Meyer.  Sound: Scott Morfitt.  Directed by B.J. Hollars

Your Novel Starts Now: How to Tackle National Novel Writing Month
Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

Your Novel Starts Now: How to Tackle National Novel Writing Month

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Aimee Johnson

Aimee Johnson

Is there a novel inside you? Let it out this November by taking on the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge! For all writers (from aspiring to published), the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Impossible? Not at all. NaNoWriMo is just the motivation you need to write that novel trapped inside you! Learn how NaNoWriMo works, how to prepare for it, and get helpful tips and tricks from Aimee Johnson - a participant for 10 years running and the Municipal Liaison for the Eau Claire regional NaNoWriMo chapter.

Keynote Address: Michael Perry
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

Keynote Address: Michael Perry

  • L.E. Phillips Public Library

Join Chippewa Valley resident Michael Perry--author of The Jesus Cow,Population 485, and many more--for a conversation on the keyboard-level realities of balancing writing for a living with writing for meaning.

Poetry & Popcorn
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry & Popcorn

  • Local Store

Join NOTA and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild for an evening of poetry and popcorn in celebration of National Poetry Month. Bring a beloved poem to share--one you've penned yourself or simply always held close to your heart. Open to all ages, levels, and popcorn lovers.

Patti See presents "Writing Where You Live: Making the Most of What You Have"
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

Patti See presents "Writing Where You Live: Making the Most of What You Have"

  • State Theatre Lobby

How do you tell the real story that exists in your material?  Pulitzer prize-winning author John McPhee says, “Creative nonfiction is not making something up but making the most of what you have.”  Quality writing is built on choosing what to include, and, more importantly, what to leave out, especially when writing about where you live.  (photo: Pachia Her)

Open Read
Mar
10
7:30 pm19:30

Open Read

  • The Cabin, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire

Join UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, alumni, and community members for an open read in The Cabin in the Davies Center on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.  Drop by to listen, read, enjoy live music, and pick up the latest issue of NOTA, UW-Eau Claire's arts and literary magazine.