2019 Conference Schedule

Attention: Conference schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Time: Activity: Location:
Noon – 4 p.m. Registration Lobby
1 -4 p.m. WWA Board Meeting Boardroom
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
Winnebago County Coroner Barry BusbyChief Deputy Coroner Cheryl Brehmer
Coroner Corner
Join two Winnebago County coroners for a question and answer session on aspects of their job that will help bring your murder mystery to life. Drawing on their professional experiences, Busby and Brehmer can aid you in writing believable death scenes and avoid common misconceptions often depicted in film and books. Bring your prepared questions. A moderator will be collecting questions at the beginning of the session. Note: The content of the program will be respectful to deceased persons and their families, but may include graphic descriptions that some audience members might find unsettling.
Deb Martin
Tips for Public Speaking
The majority of people fear two things: death and taxes, but even more people fear public speaking. Deb will share tips about speech preparation, knowing the audience and the room, and how to overcome potential hazards. She will  talk about presentation skills and various speech ideas.  This session will include examples, role playing, and audience participation.
Margaret Rozga
Margaret Rozga is Wisconsin’s 2019 poet laureate. Rozga has three initiatives she hopes to accomplish throughout her year as poet laureate: 
  • Encouraging people, including public officials and business and community leaders, to name and claim a favorite poet or poem.
  • Encouraging existing book clubs to focus at least one meeting a year on poetry.
  • Building a Wisconsin poetry presence on Twitter and other social media.
2:30 – 3 p.m. Break/ Snack  
3 – 4 p.m.
Breakout Session
Kira Henschel
How to Pitch Your Book
Kira Henschel is the founder of HenschelHAUS Books. She will share her expertise and experience to help you make the most effective pitch you can. Be sure to sign up for free pitch session on Saturday!
Lynn Kuhns
Using Your Writing Skills for Good Through Social Media
As a writer you have the ability to inspire others with your words. In this workshop, Lynn Kuhns will help you explore passions you have beyond writing, find (or create) organizations that share those passions, and use your writing skills and social media to support the good work those organizations do. This session will include discussion and work time to explore options and plan how to make time, connect, and make a difference.
Courtney Kotloski
An Old Soul- A Young Heart: Writing for Children
Author of the Gnat & Corky Series, Courtney Kotloski, gives practical advice for writing children’s books. Hear and learn from her journey, which includes lessons on contracts, obstacles, rewrites, rejection, hustle, creative inspiration and the spirit of optimism in the face of every roadblock that comes to all writers. Her message is inspirational and practical, you’ll leave with one take away…keep going!
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (On your own): A room has been reserved at Becket’s Restaurant- Dutch Treat  
7 – 9 p.m. Open Mic
Come to the Oshkosh Public Library and sign up to share a 5 minute reading of your work. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Use the Washington Avenue entrance between the lions.
Oshkosh Public Library, under the dome (106 Washington Avenue)

Please Note: On Saturday, vendors are asked to set up between 7 and 8 a.m.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: Activity: Location:
7 – 8 a.m. Vendor Set-up West Paul L.
7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration Lobby
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lakefly Marketplace West Paul L.
8 – 8:50 a.m. Welcome
Liam Callanan
Keynote Presentation
Liam Callanan is the author of The Cloud AtlasAll SaintsListen, and Paris by the Book. His work has been or will be translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Japanese. Liam was the winner of the 2017 George W. Hunt, SJ Prize in Arts, Letters & Journalism and a finalist for the Edgar Award. He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. For a complete biography, see our 2019 Presenters page.
East Paul L.
Starting at 9 a.m.

Pitch Sessions (Individual sign up available on Saturday)
     Kira Henschel—HenschelHAUS Publishing
     Shannon Ishizaki—Orange Hat Publishing
     Madeline Swanger—Cornerstone Press

9 – 10 a.m.
Breakout Session
 Silvia Acevedo
Compelling Characters
Strong character development is key to writing engaging fiction. Join Silvia Acevedo, author of the newly released God Awful Rebel, the final book in her God Awful series, as she shares techniques for creating riveting, memorable, and relatable characters. Bring something to write with for a few fun writing exercises. 
David Michael Williams
The Essentials of World Building in Speculative Fiction
Creating a planet from scratch can be a daunting exercise. Whether you’re writing sci-fi, fantasy or another supernatural genre, consider these six aspects — from the broadest environmental overview to the day-to-day details — to produce a fully realized, engaging setting for your fiction.
Bobbi Dumas
Romancing The Story: Ratcheting Emotional Tension Through Romantic Conflict
Whether you’re writing a classic romance novel or dramatic literary fiction, most manuscripts benefit from some exploration of the romantic journey. The love story is universally appealing and accessible, and including one in a manuscript can automatically make emotional stakes higher and more conflicted. This workshop will include a quick introduction to “the romance novel” and offer practical tips to adding romantic tension to any work-in-progress, as well as powerful take-aways for creating and maintaining deep-seated character conflict that you can use on any  manuscript, love story or not. 
10 – 10:30 a.m. Break/ Shop/ Snack West Paul L.
10:30 – Noon
Breakout Session
Oshkosh Fire Department Public Education Specialist, John Holland
Myths vs Reality: Fire Behavior and Investigation
Join John Holland of the Oshkosh Fire Department as he debunks the myths often portrayed in print and TV/movies as they relate to arson and other types of fires. There will be a Q&A session so bring your questions!
 Christine Merrill
Preparing Your Manuscript for Self- Publication
Do you have a book to sell but don’t want to go through the hassle of submitting it to a big publishing house? Let an experienced author, who is both traditionally and self-published, walk you through the process of preparing and uploading to some of the main online platforms for indie authors. E-book, paperback and audio formats will be discussed.
 Kaye Henrickson
Write to Heal
Trudging through adversity and trauma is as unique as the individual going through it. In this session, participants will learn how to exercise their “right to heal” by “writing to heal.” Whether you want to publish or are simply writing for your personal fulfillment, learn one author’s powerful strategies for turning trauma into healing through writing.
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch East Paul L.
1 – 1:30 p.m. Book Signing/ Dessert East Paul L.
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Breakout Session
Jenny Pavlovic
Telling Your Story: Strategies for Writing Short Non-Fiction for Publication
Jenny Pavlovic will discuss how she has successfully written autobiographical and inspirational short stories for publication. She’ll give advice on how to select topics, find your unique voice, write in ways that work best for you, make your story stand out, and determine when your story is ready for submission. Jenny will evaluate candidly what has worked well for her and what hasn’t. This session is more about strategy than about mechanics. Please bring pen and paper for short exercises.
 Shaun Harris
The Same but Different
The class will discuss three act structure and story beats across a variety of genres focusing on what fundamentally makes a story work.
 Beth Amos
Making Sense of Your Writing
An interactive workshop on how to make use of all the senses to create livelier and more active prose that engages readers on multiple levels.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Larry Cockerel
Closing Motivational Presentation
Larry Cockerel is the author of four motivational books and a John C. Maxwell Certified Leadership International Speaker. A cancer survivor, his mission is to teach others about “Making a Difference on Purpose” by helping people discover their true purpose and realize that their life matters.

 Larry is an active reader, writer and loves to cook. He started his professional speaking business over 15 years ago, and is a proud member and past president of National Speakers Association (NSA) of Wisconsin. He resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with his wife Debbie and their six kids (cats).

East Paul L.
3:30 – 3:50 p.m. Break  
3:50 – 4:30 p.m. Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
Door Prizes
East Paul L.