Not a Good Fit: Overcoming Rejection and Learning to Thrive in the Literary World
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Not a Good Fit: Overcoming Rejection and Learning to Thrive in the Literary World

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We’ve all faced it: the heart-sinking rejection letter informing us that our work is “not a good fit.” How, though, might we turn this dispiriting moment of the writing process into an opportunity?  Join local writers for an evening of back-to-back events on the subject.

6PM: If At First You Don’t Succeed: A Conversation on Persevering Beyond Rejection

 How might we best cope with literary rejection?  And how do we find the path forward?  Join writers and editors Eric Rasmussen, Elizabeth de Cleyre and Katie Venit for a candid conversation on strategies and best practices for transforming “literary lemons” into lemonade.  Moderated by B.J. Hollars.

 7PM: Befriending Failure: Lessons from the Whitman School of Condemnation, Defamation, Denunciation, and Vilification, or So You Think You’ve Been Rejected?

In 1855, only one person on earth considered Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass worthy of publication. That person was Whitman, who printed the book himself. Early reviewers compared the writer to a pig, a goat, a lunatic, and those were the polite reviews.  Two hundred years after Whitman’s birth, the book is widely regarded as one of the great works of American literature. Given that failure is a writer’s constant companion, maybe Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and others can teach us something about not necessarily accepting, but at least befriending failure. Presented by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland.  

Special thanks to our co-sponsor, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Presenter Bios:

Max Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Other books include The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition, and a chapbook, Apparition, from the University of Wisconsin Press. His poems, essays, stories, and interviews have appeared in journals such as Poetry, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and many other journals, anthologies, and newspapers. His poetry has been regularly featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. Garland is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Eric Rasmussen didn’t used to get rejected so often, with a nearly perfect record on a lifetime’s worth of job, school, and scholarship applications. But then he started writing. He earned his MFA in fiction from Augsburg University, founded the regional literary journal Barstow & Grand, and was recently hired as the fiction editor for the online journal Sundog Lit. His work has been featured in various publications, including Fugue, Gulf Stream, Pithead Chapel, South Carolina Review, and frequently appears in Volume One. These endeavors, along with his attempts to publish a novel, have earned him somewhere north of 1,300 rejections.

Elizabeth de Cleyre is a writer, editor, creative consultant, clothing designer, personal stylist, bookstore co-founder, and somewhat hard to keep up with.

Katie Venit is a writer in Eau Claire. Her work has been published in Volume One, Wisconsin Life, and many other venues.



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Sound and Stories Series presents "Toil & Trouble"
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Sound and Stories Series presents "Toil & Trouble"

Brace yourself for a sinister night of spine-chilling stories and spooky sounds! Join the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild as we get in the Halloween spirit! You'll hear the ghoulish works of writers and storytellers Elan McCallum, Ken Szymanski, Sarah Jayne Johnson, Dan Lyksett and Deb Peterson along with the menacing music of Peter Phippen, Victoria Shoemaker, and Billy Krause. Be there to be scared!

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From Acorn to Oak: On Editing, Agenting, and Nurturing Your Literary Work from Idea to Published Book
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

From Acorn to Oak: On Editing, Agenting, and Nurturing Your Literary Work from Idea to Published Book

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You’ve got your manuscript, but what do you do with it now?  Join Elizabeth Evans—a former literary agent turned independent editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant—for a conversation on crafting your manuscript for the market.  Elizabeth will provide insight on the vital role of editors and agents, as well as “live critique” previously submitted query letters written by local writers.    Moderated by B.J. Hollars.

Special thanks to our co-sponsor, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

 Presenter Bio:

Elizabeth Evans is a former literary agent turned independent editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant. After twelve years of experience as a successful agent, first at Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the Bay Area, and then at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency in New York, she launched Elizabeth Evans Editorial to focus on what she loves most: working directly with writers. As an agent, she sold over sixty books and guided dozens of aspiring authors through the publication process. Her clients included New York Times bestselling authors, and many were recognized with notable awards and distinctions, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage, the Emmy, the Riverteeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and the Macavity Award. She knows what it takes to succeed as an author today and believes collaboration can be the key to unlocking a project’s full potential, and to making the submission experience less stressful and more fun. She provides a full range of editorial and publishing consulting services in both fiction and nonfiction, including concept development, query critiques, agent matchmaking, manuscript assessments, and proposal reviews. She is also an adjunct professor of writing at Cardinal Stritch University, where she teaches creative nonfiction.

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The Priory Celebratory Reading
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Priory Celebratory Reading

To celebrate the conclusion of our inaugural summer at The Priory Writers' Retreat, the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild will host a reading by writers-in-residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston.  Join us for an unforgettable evening of words. 

Tickets are $8 (fee included) and available here.

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The Priory Writers' Retreat
Jul
18
to Jul 21

The Priory Writers' Retreat

Apply today for The Priory Writers’ Retreat—a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative writing community in the heart of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley.  

 Originally established as a monastery for Benedictine nuns in 1964, today The Priory serves as an ideal location for creativity to flourish.  Situated on 120 wooded acres just miles from downtown Eau Claire, the property features 48 single-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms, several common areas, and no shortage of natural splendor. 

For our inaugural summer at The Priory Writers’ Retreat, we’re thrilled to welcome four incredible writers-in-residence: Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), Nickolas Butler (fiction), Mary Mack (comedy/humor writing), and David McGlynn (memoir/nonfiction). Additionally, former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland will serve as the retreat’s keynote speaker! Join us July 18-21, 2019!

Applications are now open! Click here for more.

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It Was the Right Time: An Evening with Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist Dr. Rip Patton
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

It Was the Right Time: An Evening with Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist Dr. Rip Patton

Join Freedom Rider and civil rights activist Dr. Rip Patton for an evening of stories, songs, and conversations on the civil rights movement of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

This event is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, the Pablo Center at the Confluence, and with generous support from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Visiting Minority Scholars and Artists Program, the UW-Eau Claire English Department, and Blugold Beginnings.

Free tickets available soon.

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The Surprises of Poetry: Reading and Discussion with Poet Jennifer L. Knox
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Surprises of Poetry: Reading and Discussion with Poet Jennifer L. Knox

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The New York Times Book Review hailed Jennifer L. Knox’s most recent work, Days of Shame and Failure, as a book that “hits with deceptive ease, all the poetic marks a reader could want: intellectual curiosity, emotional impact, beautiful language, surprising revelation and arresting imagery.” Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, among many other publications. On April 10, join Jennifer for a reading and discussion on the surprises of poetry.

Co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the UW-Eau Claire English Department.

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Poetry and Pi(e) with Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

Poetry and Pi(e) with Dasha Kelly Hamilton

Join the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild for a National Pi Day (March 14) reading and discussion with Dasha Kelly Hamilton. Dasha is a poet, writer, artist, and founder of Stillwaters Collective, an arts outreach and community-building initiative. We’ll also celebrate the power of poetry and math with coffee from Shift Cyclery and Coffee Bar and pies from Randy’s Family Restaurant. . Thanks to our sponsors, the Pablo Center at the Confluence and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Office of Sustainability.

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6x6: A Reading Series
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

6x6: A Reading Series

What happens when 6 readers get 6 minutes to share their finest work? Welcome to 6x6: A Reading Series! This installment will feature writers Jacob Gruetzman, Kate Hinnant, Greg Gilbertson, Samantha Kobs, Jessi Peterson, and Max Garland. The theme: "Earth."

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Sound and Stories presents "Love Hurts:
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Sound and Stories presents "Love Hurts:

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What does it mean to fall in love? And who's around to catch us when we do? Join local writers and storytellers Laura Buchholz, Garrett Denney, Jodie Arnold, Tom Giffey, and Jay Gilbertson, along with musicians Peter Phippen, Victoria Shoemaker and Tiit Raid, for an evening of songs and stories on loves lost and found.

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Nobody Cares What You Think (And Other Lessons Learned from Over a Decade of Column Writing)
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Nobody Cares What You Think (And Other Lessons Learned from Over a Decade of Column Writing)

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After penning over 350 personal columns for Volume One, writer Mike Paulus has come to a simple conclusion: nobody really cares what he thinks about life. Figuring out what they do care about – and if he can offer it – is a moving target that has shaped his writing over the past 14 years. What began as a simple column in a friend's zine soon grew to become a beloved part of Wisconsin culture, earning Paulus regional recognition and regular spots on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life and Central Time. Join Mike Paulus to discover how his style, skills, and attitude have evolved over the years, as he offers practical tips for the most important writerly lesson of all: how to start with a blank page and deliver something week after week.

Mike Paulus has worked in local publishing for almost two decades. He's been an editor with Volume One Magazine for over 10 years, where his "Rear End" column has appeared since 2004. He also hosts Volume One's "Let's Be Honest" grownup storytelling night. He's a frequent contributor to Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life program, and he's hosted multiple cat shows. He grew up on the west side of Eau Claire, but he lives on the Eastside Hill with his wife and two kids. 

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Joy to the Word: An Evening of Songs, Stories, Humbug and Holiday Cheer
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Joy to the Word: An Evening of Songs, Stories, Humbug and Holiday Cheer

‘Tis the season for celebrating good tidings and cheer!  Join writers and storytellers Chancellor Jim Schmidt, Kelly Jo Wright, Allyson Goldin Loomis, Jim Alf, and Maddie Gray as they join the UKE Klub, for an evening of fun, fellowship, songs, and stories that celebrate all winter holidays.  Brought to you by the generous sponsorship of the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  Please consider bringing a new children’s book to support the Friend’s Give a Kid a Book program.  Ugly holiday sweaters strongly encouraged! 

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Words & Waffles: A Night of Poetry
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Words & Waffles: A Night of Poetry

Join students from Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as well as representatives from the CVWG, for an evening of words and waffles at SHIFT Cyclery and Coffee Bar. Bring a short piece to share (3-5 minutes, please) or simply sit back and enjoy!

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6x6: A Reading Series
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

6x6: A Reading Series

What happens when we bring together six readers, each of whom will read for six minutes each? Welcome to 6x6: A Reading Series.

On December 4 at 7PM, join Wilma Clark, Sandy Wagner, Frank Fucile, Lindsey Brandrup, Andrew Patrie, and EC Writer-in-Residence Karen Loeb for 6 minute readings around the theme "A Light in the Dark." 

Bundle up, snag your seat, and let us be your light!

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Everything You Want to Know About Writing for Children (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Everything You Want to Know About Writing for Children (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

How do you pen the perfect children's book?  And how do you find the perfect press to publish it?  Join children's and middle grade authors Caroline Akervik, Julie Bowe and Becky Wojahn (W.H. Beck) for a panel discussion on a range of topics in the children's writing world: from who hires the illustrator to how to make a living in stories. Moderated by author Rob Reid.

Caroline Akervik is an elementary school librarian and an author of middle grade and young adult fiction. She agrees with C.S. Lewis that "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." Her works include White Pine, A Horse Named Viking, and the soon-to-be released young adult novella, Summer Snow. Caroline and her sister, Ruth Rankin, are coauthors of the Halcyon: A Sentinel Novel, a young adult science fiction novel.

Julie Bowe is the author of the Friends for Keeps series and the Victoria Torres, Unfortunately Average series. Her first novel, My Last Best Friend, won the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program book. Her newest middle-grade novel, Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd), is receiving a warm welcome from reviewers, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

W.H. Beck (Becky Wojahn) is the author of award-winning humorous middle grade mysteries, like Malcolm at Midnight and Malcolm Under the Stars, and nonfiction picture books, like Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights. She likes her stories with a dose of mystery and a dash of wonder.

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The Story’s the Thing: Effective Storytelling for Journalists and Nonfiction Writers
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Story’s the Thing: Effective Storytelling for Journalists and Nonfiction Writers

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Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine editor Jason A. Smith discusses the ways in which writers can harness the power of storytelling to create compelling articles, essays, blogs, profiles, even e-mails. Smith will explore how to craft gripping ledes and incorporate dramatic elements that captivate readers. He will also provide insight on how to translate complex subjects for, and explain abstract ideas to, general audiences.

Jason A. Smith is the associate director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and editor of its quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, Wisconsin People & Ideas. Before joining the Wisconsin Academy in 2008, Jason was the managing editor of The Common Review, the quarterly magazine of the Great Books Foundation in Chicago. Jason has over seventeen years of experience in book and magazine publishing, and has advised on a number of publications by the Great Books Foundation, the Project on Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University, and the American Library Association.

With generous support by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

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6x6: A Reading Series
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

6x6: A Reading Series

What happens when we give 6 readers 6 minutes to share their finest work? Welcome to 6x6, a reading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and hosted by Jan Carroll.

Featuring Billy Krause, Kathie Schneider, John Walker, Ron Davis, CeCelia Zorn, and Yvette Flaten.

Theme: Work and Play

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6x6: A Reading Series
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

6x6: A Reading Series

What happens when we give 6 readers 6 minutes to share their finest work? Welcome to 6x6, a reading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and hosted by Jan Carroll. Our second reading will be part of the P10 Festival at River Prairie Park.  Help us celebrate all the things the Chippewa Valley citizens are passionate about--including writing!  

Featuring Bruce Taylor, Patti See, Charlotte Kupsh, Dan Lyksett, Stephanie Turner and Candace Hennekens. Hosted by Jan Carroll.

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Writing with Color: A Writing Workshop with Amanda Zieba
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Writing with Color: A Writing Workshop with Amanda Zieba

Unless your work appears on the front page of a newspaper or alongside pictures in a children’s book, your words are inky black letters floating on a sea of white pages. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help readers envision your stories in full color. On May 16th at The Local Store, come learn several techniques for bringing your writing to life in full color--both literally and figuratively!  Sometimes toying with a variety of creative pursuits can entice our muses to show up in interesting ways. Experiment, play, and paint with words in the company of your fellow word nerds in this one hour workshop led by UWEC grad and self published author, Amanda Zieba. 

This is a FREE event but registration is required.  SIGN UP here.

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Writers vs. Editors: Uncomplicating the Complicated Relationship
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Writers vs. Editors: Uncomplicating the Complicated Relationship

No writer likes to be told to "cut this" or "change that."  After all, shouldn't the writer know the work best?   But what happens when a sharp-eyed editor enters the process?   How can this additional voice influence the work?  

Though the relationship between writers and editors can often feel adversarial, it needn't.  In fact, it can make for a better piece--when both sides are listening.  Join Volume One editor Tom Giffey and writers Karen Olson and Cathy Sultan for a candid conversation on how to navigate this important relationship for the benefit of the work.

Karen J. Olson, a freelance writer for over twenty years, has worked with editors at the local and national level in magazines, anthologies, and books.  She has written inspirational, informational, and technical pieces as well as chapters for other authors’ books (creating a scenario with both professional and ... ahem ... amateur editorial suggestions).  She has ghostwritten various works, which is an entirely different editorial dynamic, and has even worn the editorial cape at times. 

Originally from Washington, D.C., Cathy Sultan moved to Beirut with her Lebanese husband and two children in 1969. Civil war began in 1975. After eight years under the bombs, they returned to the US in 1983. Her memoir, A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War, was published in 2005 and  awarded Best Autobiography by The USA “Best Books of 2006.”  Next came two books of nonfiction on the Middle East.  In 2013 The SyrianSultan’s first work of fiction was published by Calumet Editions in Minneapolis. Damascus Street, the sequel to The Syrian is due to be published in April 2018.  

Tom Giffey is the managing editor for Volume One.  In addition, he previously served as the editorial page editor at The Leader-Telegram.

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"Bend in the River" LIVE!
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

"Bend in the River" LIVE!

At 7PM on Saturday, May 5 at The Metro, join the "Bend in the River" cast for a live performance of the final two episodes!  Don't miss out on the stunning conclusion! 

Missed an episode or two?  Not to worry!  We'll get you caught up with a recap before the performance!  Tickets on sale soon!

This show is made possible by a partnership between Blugold Radio 99.9 and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild with generous support from the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

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Words & Waffles: A Night of Poetry at Shift Cyclery and Coffee Bar
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Words & Waffles: A Night of Poetry at Shift Cyclery and Coffee Bar

On April 26 at 6PM, join students from Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as well as representatives from the CVWG, for an evening of words and waffles at SHIFT Cyclery and Coffee Bar (615 Graham Avenue).  Bring a short piece (3-5 minutes, please) or simply sit back and enjoy! 

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A Poetry Reading with Leila Chatti
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

A Poetry Reading with Leila Chatti

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Join  poet Leila Chatti for an evening of poetry.  

Leila Chatti was born in 1990 in Oakland, California. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, she has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. Her poems have received awards and recognition from Ploughshares, Narrative MagazineThe Georgia Review, North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Third Coast, Nimrod, Southword Journal, and Best of the Net, and appear in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, GulfCoast, The Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, West Branch, Pleiades, Narrative, The Rumpus, and other journals and anthologies. 
No registration is required. 
Co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

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Rendering Reality: Writing with Honesty and Complexity in Memoir
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Rendering Reality: Writing with Honesty and Complexity in Memoir

In Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir she states, “In memoir the heart is in the brain . . . self-awareness and faith in the power of truth gives you courage to reveal whatever you unearth” regardless of how you come out looking. This craft talk will focus on how using scene, form, and revision can help memoir and nonfiction writers represent themselves, their companions, and place with honesty and complexity. Using her experience writing Daughter in Retrograde: A Memoir Courtney will share her own process and answer questions.

Courtney Kersten is the author of Daughter in Retrograde a memoir forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2018. Her essays can be seen or are forthcoming from River Teeth, Brevity, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, DIAGRAM, The Sonora Review, Black Warrior Review, The Master’s Review, and elsewhere.Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and she was the 2016 Writer-In-Residence at the Great Basin Writer’s Residency in Baker, Nevada. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho where she was awarded a Grace/Nixon Fellowship and the Writing in the Wild Fellowship. She has also been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Riga, Latvia, where she researched Baltic performing arts and literature. 

If you need a sign language interpreter for this event, contact chippewavalleywritersguild@gmail.com a week ahead and we’ll try our best to make it happen.”

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Barstow & Grand's "Submissions Are Open" Party!
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Barstow & Grand's "Submissions Are Open" Party!

Submissions for issue #2 open March 1st, and that makes us want to celebrate. So, we're throwing a party! On March 15th, join us at The Volume One Gallery to get to know our staff, have all your questions about submissions answered, and whoop it up in anticipation of issue #2. This party will feature short readings from members of our staff, a panel with editors answering your questions about the submission process and FREE STUFF!

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2088183538093567/

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6x6: A Reading Series
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

6x6: A Reading Series

What happens when we give 6 readers 6 minutes to share their finest work?  Welcome to 6x6, a new reading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.  Our inaugural reading will feature Jennifer Hazen, Jennifer Golat, Aimee Johnson, Anders Shafer, Paul Thomas, and Dan Zerr.  Hosted by Jan Carroll

What makes this reading series unique?  Readers will only ever read for this series once.  That's right.  Every reader receives six minutes total.  For the entirety of this series.  In this way, we're always welcoming new readers to the mic, and taking our turn supporting those writers, too.

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Getting the Ball Rolling: Sports Writing, From 300 to 100,000 Words and All The Words In Between
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Getting the Ball Rolling: Sports Writing, From 300 to 100,000 Words and All The Words In Between

For many, sports are a passion, but how does one capture that passion on the page?  What techniques do sports writers use to offer readers the same riveting experience as watching the game up close?  Join Leader-Telegram sports reporter Nick Erickson and author Joe Niese for a lively panel discussion on how to start, endure, and ultimately cross the finish line with your sports writing.

Joe Niese is a librarian and award-winning sports historian. He has written numerous articles and two books: Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer and Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story.  His next book, tentatively titled, Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, is due out fall, 2018. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Nick Erickson is a sports writer for the Leader-Telegram and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Featuring: peanuts, crackerjacks, and cold ones! 

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Winter Writers' Weekend Reading!
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

Winter Writers' Weekend Reading!

Swing by the Oxbow Hotel for an evening of brief readings of original work by Winter Writers' Weekend participants! Support local writers and those who've come from afar! Meet the writers-in-residence, too. 

So grab a drink, bring a friend, and settle in. We'll save a seat for ya!

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Incandescence: A Modern Dance Performance
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Incandescence: A Modern Dance Performance

Incandescence was inspired by the need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. The word “incandescence” refers to something emitting both light and warmth. Eau Claire Dance Festival seeks to further explore this idea, considering what things in life make us feel brightness or warmth. Incandescence seeks to synthesize modern dance, music, and writing all into one cohesive performance. The three choreographed pieces relate to inspiration and physical heat. The third piece enumerates on coming to the light after a dark struggle. The fourth portion is improvisational and relies on the words and phrases given by the writers to inspire the movements. Incandescence will feature three musicians, including Jeremy Boettcher, Tim Sullivan, and Josh Gallagher, as well as four writers, namely Jason Splichal, Andy Patrie, Julian Emerson, and BJ Hollars. The dancers include Zoe Plewa, Christy Dobbratz, Jacob Nehrbass, and Eau Claire Dance Festival director Emily Emerson. 

Doors open at 7:00. The event begins at 7:30 and will last around one hour including intermission. Cost is $10.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

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Writing Something
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Writing Something

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No matter what, why, or for whom we write, we employ some basic skills: observation, memory, imagination, and research. Join former Eau Claire Poet Laureate Bruce Taylor for some prompts, exercises, games, and/or lessons to help focus, practice, and improve those skills.

Bruce Taylor is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, where he has taught Creative Writing, Literature, and Film for over 35 years. He is the author of seven collections of poetry and editor of eight anthologies. His poetry and translations have appeared in such places as The Chicago Review, The Columbia Review, The Formalist, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, The Northwest Review, and Poetry. His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The Arabesque Review, Carve Magazine, Unlikely Stories, Slow Trains, The Vestal Review, and in anthologies such as Bar Stories, E2ink-1: the Best of the Online Journals, and You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories.

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