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Jonathan Muzzall’s story in New Ohio Review Congratulations to Jonathan Muzzall of Helena, Montana, for the publication of his short story, A Whole Lot of Men with Guns, in the New Ohio Review, issue 18, published this fall 2015. Jonathan used our Critique Services and received help from writing coach Christine DeSmet to polish the story. Jonathan’s stories have also appeared in Rosebud, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. He lived in Madison, Wis., for ten years before moving to Helena where he now works for the Lewis & Clark Library.
Barbara Belford and Blair Hull garner novel contracts Two members of the same Master Class at Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat recently signed contracts for the publication of their novels. Barbara Belford, Chicago, writing as Bibi Belford, sold her middle-grade historical novel, Crossing the Line, to Skypony, a division of Skyhorse Publishing. This is Barbara’s second novel sale. Her first hardcover novel for middle-grade readers, Canned and Crushed, was published recently and features a Hispanic boy and his family. Blair Hull, of San Jose, CA, sold St. Mary’s Private Dancer, a mystery featuring a woman minister sleuth, to Apocryphile Press in Berkeley, CA. It will be a Spring 2016 release. Both Belford and Hull were in the 2012 Master Class led by Christine DeSmet at Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat, sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies.
Register Now! Last week to sign up for critique groups! Weekend With Your Novel, the annual writing retreat hosted by the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies is fast approaching, but there’s still time to register. This year, the retreat is November 13-15, and the theme is Start to Finish.” As always the weekend offers exciting and informative sessions for writers of all levels and at all stages of your novel. We have sessions full of tips, techniques, and fresh perspectives on writing the novel, and you can look forward to an inspiring weekend with fellow writers, experienced novelists, teachers, agents, and editors. New this year, we’ll begin with a Friday afternoon workshop on the acclaimed novel, Shotgun Lovesongs. The keynote address, at 6:30 that evening, will be given by Nicklolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs. The deadline to sign up for a critique group is this Friday, October 23, so don’t miss out! There are still a few spaces available in the critique groups where you can get honest and professional feedback an excerpt of your novel. Critique group leaders this year include some past instructors and some new ones as well: Christine DeSmet, Kathy Steffen, Tim Storm, Kristin Oakley, Angela Rydell, and me. It’s not too late to register, or to see if you have a friend and fellow writer who might come with you! I’m looking forward to the weekend and hope that you’ll be able to join us. Let me know if you have any questions. All the best with your writing. —Christopher Chambers, director 608-262-5095
Carol Larson launches new website called RetireeRebels.com With retirement life coach Mary Helen Conroy, Carol Larson’s new Retiree Rebels site features podcasts on issues of interest to the newly retired and those considering retiring. Carol has attended our conferences and is working on a mystery novel that she workshopped in a Master Class at Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat. Check out Carol’s podcast that explains her own story about retirement and why she dreamed up Retiree Rebels. Congratulations, Carol!
Writers’ Institute 2016 keynote Hank Phillippi Ryan earns Macavity Award Congratulations to suspense author Hank Phillippi Ryan for her Macavity Award for her nonfiction book, Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey. The award was given by members of Mystery Readers International at the annual Bouchercon (Boucher conference) for mystery/suspsense/thriller writers. Held in Raleigh, North Carolina, the event drew 1,400 attendees Oct. 8-11. Hank will be a keynote speaker and also lead workshops at the Writers’ Institute, April 15-17, 2016 in Madison, Wis. The Bouchercon chairperson was Al Abramson. Our UW writers may recall that Al was our book store manager at past Writers’ Institute conferences for many years. Congratulations to both Al and Hank!
Christine DeSmet’s mystery in Woman's World Book Club Thanks to a Facebook friend, Patti Fiala, member of Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, we found out that Christine DeSmet’s Five-Alarm Fudge, Book 3 of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series, is in the Oct. 12 Woman's World Book Club issue.
Just a few days left to submit your work to the Midwest Review! Looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. For submission guidelines and to submit your work, go to https://midwestreview.submittable.com/submit.
Be sure to catch the author slam on Sat., Oct. 3, at the Middleton Public Library. It’s part of the month-long Wisconsin Book Festival. The event includes staff member Christine DeSmet and also showcases several new authors who learned their craft with the help of our UW-Madison writing programs and services, including Ann Garvin, Nick Chiarkas, Buzz Humke, and Rex Owens. Each presentation is 15 minutes. It’s fun, fast, supports the library, and of course Christine DeSmet will bring fudge to sample. http://wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/read-local-indie-author-showcase
Margaret Goss, Madison, has first novel published October 15, 2015 is the publication date for The Uncommitted, a first novel for Margaret Goss, Madison. Published in paperback by Three Towers Press (an imprint of HenschelHAUS, Milwaukee), the novel is about a young mother (Josephine Reilly) who discovers she’s a messenger between the dead and living—a discovery that makes her and those close to her the target of an invisible evil. The setting is suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. A launch party is planned Thursday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m. at the Great Dane Pub, 876 Jupiter Dr., Madison. Margaret attended Writers’ Institute and also received critique services from staff member Christine DeSmet.
Looking for a critique partner in the fantasy genre Marissa Hatlen, a participant at the UW-Madison Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, is looking for a writer or two willing to give her feedback on pages from her modern fantasy manuscript before she sends it off to agents. No pay. She’s looking for an exchange. If you’re a writer in that genre or a similar genre, or a participant in our past programs who can offer your critique time and expertise, please contact Marissa. She agreed to share her email address. Mhatlen12@gmail.com
Sharon Scholl of Atlantic Beach, Fl, publishes 5 poems in literary journals After working with Angela Rydell in the UW-Madison online poetry course "Getting to Good," Sharon Scholl got busy publishing poems. "I learned a lot in the course I took and put it immediately to work." Over a year’s time she published "Love at 80" in Third Wednesday's 2014 summer issue, "At Alonzo's" and "The Fall" in Heron Tree and Clementine's Spring 2015 issues, respectively, "Silence Before Music" in Cahaba River Journal's July-September issue, and most recently, "By Chance," in the August issue of Rats Ass.
Lisa Reily script to be read at London Screenwriters Festival 2015 The screenplay, “Still Life,” by Lisa Reily, currently living in Greece, will be part of the Actors Table Read program at the London Screenwriters Festival held this Fall 2015. The script is about an artist and his conflicts when serious events unfold for his father and family members. Lisa’s screenplay was written in the UW-Madison Continuing Studies online course, “Screenplay: Write Your First Draft Fast,” taught by Christine DeSmet. Lisa also worked with Laurie Scheer on our staff as she polished and marketed the script. In addition, Lisa attended Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wis. --Sept. 21, 2015