Barstow & Grand Release Party
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Barstow & Grand Release Party

The Barstow & Grand literary journal seeks to fulfill a humble mission – to support the writers of the Chippewa Valley by offering an outlet for their creative writing, and to help them grow and professionalize their craft through the process of submission. After a year of hard work, our first issue, featuring a broad and impressive cross-section of Western Wisconsin writers, is ready for release. Our debut reading will feature several fiction, nonfiction, and poetry authors whose work appears in issue one, and a discussion of the publication process with the editors. Stop down to pick up an issue, hear some incredible writing, and help us thank everyone who worked so hard to bring this project to life. With cake.

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The Poetics of Voice: Crafting the Persona Poem
Nov
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Poetics of Voice: Crafting the Persona Poem

A persona poem--like any aspiring poem--is an experiment in community engagement, an experiment in empathy, sensitivity, and style.  But it's also an exploration of the balance between a poet's "voice" and the experience they write into. This reading and intermittent craft talk will focus on the fictional self, the self a poet crafts when they write in a voice not exactly their own. 

Matthew Guenette is the author of three full length poetry collections: Vasectomania (University of Akron Press, 2017), American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008). He is also the author of the chapbook Civil Disobedience (Rabbit Catastrophe Press, 2017). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and reviews, and he has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Hessen-Wisconsin Fellowship. A graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, Matt currently teaches composition and creative writing at Madison College in Madison, WI, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and a 20-lb cat named Butternut.

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Write Here, Write Now: A Celebration of Local Writing
Nov
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Write Here, Write Now: A Celebration of Local Writing

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The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire will highlight the local writing scene and writer resources at an upcoming event, “Write Here, Write Now: A Celebration of Local Writing,” on Saturday, November 11 starting at 1 p.m. The library will host several panel presentations by local writers and publishers as well as a writers reception. Then, the celebration will make its way down Dewey Street to The Gallery at The Oxbow for a public reading by selected local authors. All events are free of charge; books will be available to purchase.

Click here or see below for a complete list of panels and presentations.

Meet the Chippewa Valley Local Authors
1–1:45 p.m. | Eau Claire Room
Panelists: Julie Court, Dennis Miller, Steve Nelson, CeCelia Zorn. Moderated by Bill Callaghan.

The ABC’s of Reading: A Practical Guide to the Art and Deadly Craft of the Literary Reading
2–2:45 p.m. | Eau Claire Room
Panelists: Max Garland, BJ Hollars, Katie Vagnino

Publishing Near and Far: A Conversation on Finding the Right “Fit” for Your Work
3–3:45 p.m. | Eau Claire Room
Panelists: Eric Rasmussen, Jason Splichal, Bruce Taylor, Serena Wagner, Alexander Zitzner.

Writers Reception
4–4:45 p.m. | Art Gallery, Second Floor Mezzanine

Writers Read
5:30–6:30 | The Gallery @ The Oxbow

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This We Believe: On the Transformative Power of Words
Dec
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

This We Believe: On the Transformative Power of Words

Words hold weight, and when used effectively, have the power to heal, help, and inspire.  But how do we find the right words to address the most pressing moral issues of our day?  How can we “preach the gospel” of tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity without sounding too “preachy” ourselves? Join representatives and religious scholars from a spectrum of faiths for a conversation and craft talk on how we can change our world for the better, one word at a time.  This event made possible by the generous support of the  Mahmoud S. Taman Foundation

Featured Panelists:

Bob Lesniewski oblSB is a Benedictine Oblate. Bob now follows the daily " Rule of St.Benedict" that includes prayer, work and service, Lectio Divina, quiet time for reflection and conversation with God.  Bob is the retired Area Director for Special Olympics. Currently he is a sub Teacher and Organizer for the Inter-Faith Prayer Services.

Rev. Julianne Lepp is the Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Eau Claire. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1996 with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Psychology. Her previous professional experience was primarily in finance.Graduating from Candler School of Theology in May 2010 with a Masters in Divinity, she concentrated on themes of Leadership and Community. While in seminary she also completed her UUA ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Atlanta where she gained rich experiences in religious education, worship, justice work, and small group ministry. While in Atlanta, Julianne also worked as a summer chaplain at Crossroads Community Homeless Ministry.

Dr. Asha Sen is a professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Her recent monograph *Postcolonial Yearning: Reshaping Spiritual and Secular Discourses in Contemporary Literature* (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) focuses on the ways in which postcolonial aesthetics are becoming more influenced by faith-based traditions like Sufism and Buddhism.  She is currently engaged in researching the adoption of spiritual traditions by postcolonial women authors in their attempts at effecting social change. 

Charlene Burns is Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she has taught since 2001. She is the author of three books, more than forty journal articles, and editor of one volume of essays. She is currently working on her next book which explores the life and sermons of the Right Reverend Stephen Elliott, first bishop of Georgia (1841-1866) and the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Confederate States of America to reveal the ways Christians have interpreted scripture to justify slavery and warfare.

 

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Writing Something: Lessons On Getting Going
Jan
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Writing Something: Lessons On Getting Going

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No matter what, how, why, for whom, when or where we write, we employ some basic skill sets: observation, memory, imagination, and research. Join former Eau Claire poet laureate Bruce Taylor as he provides and discusses prompts, exercises, games, warm-ups, starters, and/or lessons to help focus, practice, and maybe, who knows even, 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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Pitch Perfect: Navigating the World of Freelance Writing
Oct
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pitch Perfect: Navigating the World of Freelance Writing

Want to start freelance writing but not sure where to begin? Have some ideas that need fine-tuning before you pitch?  Listen to a seasoned freelancer talk about how to develop rough concepts into polished pitches and craft queries that editors will respond to. This talk will cover everything you need to know: who, when, where, and how to pitch, strategies for following up, how to balance freelancing with other work, and what you can expect to get paid. This craft talk is geared towards writers with some freelance experience, though beginners are also welcome. Editors are always looking for new voices -- get yours out there and make a little money, too!

Katie Vagnino is a poet, educator, and writer originally from St. Louis. She completed her MFA at Emerson College, and has been teaching creative writing and composition at UW-Eau Claire since 2013. She also teaches poetry workshops at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in journals including Measure, Pleaides, Unsplendid, and the Raintown Review. For more, please visit www.katievagnino.com

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Suppertime in Lake Wobegon: An Evening with Holly Harden
Sep
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Suppertime in Lake Wobegon: An Evening with Holly Harden

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“Everywhere I go, people want to tell me stories. Because I wrote for Garrison. Because I am a writer. Because I listen. I want to hear. And everywhere I go, people share their recipes with me. It’s a way of loving, to cook for someone. It’s a way of loving to receive it, too. It’s a communion, a breaking of bread, of sharing life with each other while we’re here.”

At age nine, in the back seat of her grandmother's car on the way home from a funeral, Holly Harden began to write, and she's been writing ever since. Join Holly—a writer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the author of Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen and Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen—for an evening of fellowship, friendship, food and stories. All of which ought to be savored.

For the occasion, Chef Brent Halverson has prepared a meal inspired by the Midwestern “church social.” Enjoy new creative takes on many old favorites.

Appetizers

Dinner Rolls, Sweet Vidalia Cheese Dip, Pickled Vegetable Crudite, Stuffed Mushrooms

Entrees

Mrs. Sundberg’s Wild Rice Soup, Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins, Tater Tot Hot Dish, Our Lady of Lourdes Hamburger Pie, German Potato Salad, Jello Fruit Salad, Autumn Mixed Green Salad

Dessert

Grandma’s Lemon Bars 7 Layer Bars, Pecan Sandies, Rum Truffles , Amaretto Brownies, Snicker Salad

Biography

Holly Harden grew up in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, majored in English at St. Olaf College, and taught secondary English for nine years. In 2002, she earned an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. Holly’s nonfiction has appeared in Utne and Fourth Genre, and she edited Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems and Life Among the Lutherans. Her book, Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen, was published by Adventure Publications in 2014, and Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen (2015) is her second cookbook, and there are four more on the way. Holly lives in Minnesota, where she teaches literature and writing at the local high school, leads The Forest Lake Writer’s Workshop, writes a column with her friend Mrs. Sundberg, and bakes for whomever is around -- including her three grown children who visit now and then. Sometimes she sleeps, too. But only after the dishes are done.

Sponsors

Wisconsin Public Radio, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, and Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week.

All proceeds to benefit the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

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

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

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."

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

Short Story Workshop with Author Amanda Zieba

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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.

 

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

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

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!

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

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

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

 

 

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

Joy to the Word: A Holiday-Themed Open Read

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.

 

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

Where Songs Come From: A Songwriter's Craft Talk

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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.

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

"War of the Worlds" Readers' Theater

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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

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

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

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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.

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Ushering Your Book Into The World: Finding the Right Agent to Represent Your Work
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ushering Your Book Into The World: Finding the Right Agent to Represent Your Work

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Now that you’ve written my manuscript, what do you do next?  Join literary agent Erik Hane of the Minneapolis-based literary agency Red Sofa Literary for an evening of questions, conversations and discussions on what it takes to find the right agent to bring your book into the world

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Poetry & Popcorn
Apr
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry & Popcorn

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.

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

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

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)

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Open Read
Mar
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Open Read

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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.

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