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Thursday, April 25
 

7:00pm

Michael Perry and the Long Beds
This fundraising event helps UntitledTown develop future festivals.  Tickets are required.

Michael Perry will tell his famously hilarious and often poignant stories between songs performed by him and the Long Beds.  

“First time I ever heard Waylon Jennings,” says Michael Perry, “was on an 8-track tape in a four-wheel drive truck doing sixty miles an hour down a Wyoming hay meadow. We were running late for Bible study.”

The songs on Tiny Pilot are a direct reflection of that experience. Ranging from straight-up twang to churchly harmonies and populated by characters drawn straight from rural and small-town America, they launch from places like the overpass outside Perry’s beloved hometown of New Auburn, Wisconsin (population currently 562), a gospel service in a granary, and the kitchen floor of a woman about to drop a world of hurt on her drunken husband.

“I was raised by farmers and preachers and tough country women, and I suppose my songs reflect that,” says Perry. “Then again, certain wisdoms are available only from whistlers, frauds, and sinners, so I try to slide them a line or two as well.”

Raised in a church so austere that hymns were sung with no choir, no accompaniment, and no church (the congregation met in a farmhouse and sat on straight-backed wooden chairs) Perry and his brother learned to sit side-by-side and work out harmonies on the fly. Those Sunday mornings instilled in Perry a love of singing “clear and pure” that can be heard throughout Tiny Pilot – most especially on the songs, “842 Miles,” “If They Give You Wings,” and “Sweet Edge of Time.” Conversely, anyone introduced to Ol’ Waylon by means of a four-wheeling 8-track is bound to shoot for some boogety-boogety now and then, as Perry and the Long Beds do on “Undone,” “Somewhere South of Sunday,” and (in a respectful nod to Ol’ Hoss himself) “After Waymore’s Blues.”

Perry began writing songs in the early 1990s during long nights when he was struggling to survive on prose (he is the author of numerous books including: Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, The Scavengers,and the New York Times bestseller Visiting Tom). With no arts background (he has a nursing degree) he found himself drawn especially to the work of poets and singer/songwriters. (In interviews Perry tends to list his greatest literary influences as Dylan Thomas and Steve Earle – and not necessarily in that order.) “I remember writing late one night and hearing a Kevin Welch song with the line, ‘I whiskey’d up my coffee cup… sittin’ here tryin’ not to call you up,’” says Perry, “and I was floored by the rhythm and the story in that single line…” He began writing songs as a way to break up all-night typing sessions, and eventually he had enough of them that a musician friend invited him to play a coffee shop. “I’m not saying I was nervous, but I ripped out a sixty-minute set list in thirty-two minutes flat,” says Perry. By 2004, he had begun recruiting Long Beds. In 2006, he released his first album, Headwinded.

While the music made by Perry and the Long Beds has been variously described as ‘country folk,’ ‘roughneck folk,’ ‘folk-twang,’ and Americana, they prefer the description given by an audience member after a benefit concert in Perry’s old high school gym: “You sound just like Gordon Lightfoot… only zippier!” Nice – but there are limits. “Zippy or not,” says Perry, “when ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ comes on the radio, we sit down, shut up, and listen.”

Michael Perry resides with his family on a small farm in rural Wisconsin.


Speakers
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Michael Perry and the Long Beds

“First time I ever heard Waylon Jennings,” says Michael Perry, “was on an 8-track tape in a four-wheel drive truck doing sixty miles an hour down a Wyoming hay meadow. We were running late for Bible study.” The songs on Tiny Pilot (Perry’s latest musical release with his... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303
 
Friday, April 26
 

10:00am

Writing for Retirees
This workshop is perfect for anyone nearing or already in retirement hoping to work on honing their writing and working towards publication. 

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford spent a decade working for civil and human rights in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood during the 1950's and sixties. She is a professional writer, documentary artist, instructor and oral historian.  A former journalist and accomplished professional artist... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

10:00am

Crafting Distinctive Dialogue
Do you stand "in line" or "on line"?  Are the words address and police accented on the first or second syllable?  Do you pronounce the word "can" the same way as a noun and as a verb?  Does bought rhyme with apricot? Does a child bring a bucket or a pail to the beach? These are the sorts of questions long used by linguistics to categorize dialects and by many a would-be Henry Higgins to identify the geographic origins of speakers at cocktail parties.  Unfortunately, they are also the sorts of questions that writers must ask to form convincing dialogue—and too few do so.  The results are characters who sound the identical.  This craft talk will share a few distinctive tricks to pepper prose with distinctive syntax and diction; participants will also discover ways of acquiring more of these devices on their own.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of three literary novels including Millard Salter's Last Day (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, 2017), seven short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, a thriller and a volume of poems.  He currently teaches at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA
  • 3-7 All

10:00am

I am Farmer with Miranda, Baptiste and Tantoh Nforba!
I am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

Join co-authors Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul joined by environmental hero “Farmer” Tantoh Nforba, grassroots activist from Cameroon, Africa for one of two presentations at UntitledTown!

Discover the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon.

When Tantoh Nforba was a child, his fellow students mocked him for his interest in gardening. Today he’s an environmental hero, bringing clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon. Authors Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul share Farmer Tantoh’s inspiring story.





Speakers
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Water Is Water, both Junior Library Guild selections. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at mirandapaul.com... Read More →
avatar for Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born author of two books for children. His debut picture book, The Field, received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. According to Kirkus, his co-authored book Adventures To School, will “will pique readers’ curiosity... Read More →


10:00am

Christian Fiction: What is it? Why We Write It
Join four award-winning Christian Fiction authors as they talk about the Christian publishing world and what goes into the making of an inspirational novel. Books with a Christian world view tackle today's topics with reality and grace. Twenty-first century Christian Fiction is more than quaint prairies and handsome pastors.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Conrad

Emily Conrad

Emily Conrad lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves Jesus and enjoys road trips to the mountains, but always ends up coming home to the town where she grew up. She enjoys life there so much, she fictionalized her hometown to create the setting for her debut... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Britton

Barbara Britton

Barbara M. Britton lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian fiction for teens and adults. Barb brings little-known Bible stories to light in her Tribes of Israel series. She is a member of the American Christian... Read More →
avatar for Olivia Rae

Olivia Rae

Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she... Read More →
avatar for Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there too. So naturally, she writes suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is the author of the Fear Warrior Blog, where she writes about fighting against fear in our everyday lives.You’ll often find Jerusha sharing irresistibly adorable photos of her Furry Fear Warriors (three big dogs and two little cats) on social media... Read More →


  • 3-7 All

12:00pm

What Writing and Medicine Can Learn from Each Other
How do medicine and narrative overlap and work together? Join Jacob M. Appel, a writer and professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, for this thought-provoking exploration.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of three literary novels including Millard Salter's Last Day (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, 2017), seven short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, a thriller and a volume of poems.  He currently teaches at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Get Yourself Unstuck
Having trouble getting past page 50 or 100 on your new novel? Looking for short story inspiration? Need a place to start your memoir? Writer Nikki Kallio will show you favorite tools for prompts and idea generation, including games, books and other resources. We'll try a few exercises in class.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Kallio

Nikki Kallio

Nikki Kallio is a fiction writer and an instructor for The Mill: A Place for Writers, with a background as an award-winning reporter, editor and columnist. Nikki has an MFA from Goddard College and helps lead sessions for Wide Open Writing, a retreat organization that has brought... Read More →


  • 3-7 18+

12:00pm

Workshop: Writing The Veteran's Experience
Everyone has a story to tell, especially veterans.

If you are a former member of the military and want to get your thoughts, experiences and reflections down on paper, this workshop is for you. Your guide is Sandra Shackelford, writer, professional artist, former journalist and oral historian. Along with learning the basics of the creative nonfiction writing process—mining memories, finding your authentic writing voice and sculpting your story/s into form—you will be coming together with like-minded others in an environment that encourages mutual trust and respect. By getting your story "out", you may also be addressing and working to heal the leftover trauma, a byproduct of war.

Bring along a paper and pen. We'll be writing.



Speakers
avatar for Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford spent a decade working for civil and human rights in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood during the 1950's and sixties. She is a professional writer, documentary artist, instructor and oral historian.  A former journalist and accomplished professional artist... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Writing a Family History Narrative
Want to write your family history? Don’t know how to start?
Join Dorothy Seehausen in a workshop that will focus on online and print guidelines to jump start the writing process. Resources include how to outline, write and edit a factual family narrative that will delight generations to come.
 

Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Seehausen

Dorothy Seehausen

Dorothy Seehausen is a family historian who hosts the Lyman County South Dakota Genealogy Trails web site. A retired English teacher, she divides her time between genealogy projects such as writing a family history for her grandchildren and hobby writing, which includes short stories... Read More →


12:00pm

Workshop: Writing and Faith
Interested in writing about faith, but don't know how to start? Join Barbara Britton in a workshop to teach the craft of writing with aspects of faith. Participants will work through various phases of writing using building blocks/storyboarding phase, and learning how to pull it all together.  

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Britton

Barbara Britton

Barbara M. Britton lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian fiction for teens and adults. Barb brings little-known Bible stories to light in her Tribes of Israel series. She is a member of the American Christian... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

1:00pm

I am Farmer with Miranda, Baptiste and Tantoh Nforba!
I am Farmer: Growing and Environmental Movement in Cameroon

Join co-authors Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul joined by environmental hero “Farmer” Tantoh Nforba, grassroots activist from Cameroon, Africa for one of two presentation at UntitledTown!

Discover the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon.

When Tantoh Nforba was a child, his fellow students mocked him for his interest in gardening. Today he’s an environmental hero, bringing clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon. Authors Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul share Farmer Tantoh’s inspiring story.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Water Is Water, both Junior Library Guild selections. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at mirandapaul.com... Read More →
avatar for Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born author of two books for children. His debut picture book, The Field, received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. According to Kirkus, his co-authored book Adventures To School, will “will pique readers’ curiosity... Read More →


2:00pm

Gathering and Sharing Veterans' Stories
Veterans have amazing stories to tell — of camaraderie, foreign lands, valiant service, the death and destruction of war ... and their emotional attempts to heal from the pain held years within. Sharing these experiences can be extremely emotional for the one tasked with capturing that story as well. How can we preserve these memories with sensitivity and respect? Join Jenny Vanden Heuvel, Kim Viduski and Kristin Bouchard as they discuss their journey in justly chronicling the stories of the Vietnam Veterans’ of the historic, first-of-its-kind Old Glory Honor Flight: “Return to Nam."

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Bouchard

Kristin Bouchard

Transforming thoughts into stories is what drives Kristin Bouchard’s writing. Whether it’s about local crisis counselors, travel management experts, over-the-road truckers and most recently, Vietnam Veterans, creating a story can inform, motivate and even heal.With more than 20... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Vanden Heuvel

Jenny Vanden Heuvel

Jenny Vanden Heuvel first became involved with Old Glory Honor Flight in 2011, playing saxophone in the Swing Time Big Band for flight "welcome home" celebrations. Also a professional graphic designer, she started volunteering for other tasks, including advertising for benefit programs... Read More →
avatar for Kim Viduski

Kim Viduski

Name it. Kim Viduski has probably written for it: Big mother vehicles, a small cell phone service provider, a regional sub & sandwich shop, an internationally known green & gold football team, and various do-good, feel-good services for people and pets.With nearly 20 years as a Senior... Read More →


2:00pm

Inspired by Research: Using Historical Research in Creative Writing
Award-winning writer Stephanie Carpenter discusses the challenges of depicting nineteenth-century women’s everyday experiences—how to imagine the ways that women’s clothing, food, working conditions, health, and legal status shaped their lives—by sharing her research experiences in archives, with emphasis on the evocative nature of material objects.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie Carpenter is the author of Missing Persons: Stories, winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Her current project, “Many and Wide Separations: Two Novellas,” explores the lives of professional female artists in mid-nineteenth century New England. In support... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

2:00pm

Workshop: Writing and Faith
Interested in writing about faith, but don't know how to start? Join Emily Conrad in a workshop to teach the craft of writing with aspects of faith. Participants will work through various phases of writing using building blocks/storyboarding phase, and learning how to pull it all together.  



Speakers
avatar for Emily Conrad

Emily Conrad

Emily Conrad lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves Jesus and enjoys road trips to the mountains, but always ends up coming home to the town where she grew up. She enjoys life there so much, she fictionalized her hometown to create the setting for her debut... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Writing a Memoir on Parenthood
Memoir writers will hear from an established panel of authors on what writers might consider before publishing a memoir about their own family.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Swenson

Jill Swenson

Jill Swenson is a literary agent and developmental editor who specializes in memoir and narrative nonfiction. After graduating from Lawrence University, she earned her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. A recovering academic, she gave up the golden handcuffs of tenure in 2002 when... Read More →
avatar for Laura Jean  Baker

Laura Jean Baker

Raised by therapists and married to a defense attorney, Laura Jean Baker writes where mental health, crime, and family intersect.She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she was a Colby Fellow for graduate study.Her essays have appeared at The... Read More →
avatar for David McGlynn

David McGlynn

David McGlynn is the author of three books – One Day You'll Thank Me: Lessons From an Unexpected Fatherhood, A Door in the Ocean, and the 2008 story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, all published by Counterpoint Press. A Door in the Ocean was reviewed on National... Read More →


4:00pm

Workshop: Writing Memoir
In this 90 minute workshop, Jen Rubin will discuss her process of writing a family memoir that centered around the small business her family owned for 80 years. Jen will talk about how to balance 3 generations, deal with thorny family issues, and how to include enough history and sociology to inform the story but not so much that the central story is overwhelmed. Jen is a skilled storyteller and brought an oral storytelling approach to her writing. This will be an interactive workshop with a mixture of presentation, storytelling, Q & A, and small group work.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Rubin

Jen Rubin

Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI.  An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Middle Grade Writers' Workshop
All stories follow a road map and include noticeable landmarks along the way. Learn what these important milestones are and how to use them. Tips, techniques and resources will be shared to help young writers get past the first pages of a story idea and stick with it all the way to the end.

Ages 11-14.

This FREE event requires REGISTRATION to guarantee a seat. 


Speakers
avatar for Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba is an author who spends her days telling stories. She creates ideas and people and places that entertain, inspire, and educate. As a workshop leader and presenter, she's had the privilege of helping others birth their stories into the world. Can you imagine anything more... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

4:00pm

Hip Hopportunities & Raptivism
Join Cujo, Karen, Derrick and James in a session with workshop elements involving the writing process, embedding meaning into writing, and using writing as a meditative tool for self-growth. Accompanied by musical and spoken word poetry performances to retain attention, finish with a future vision of ways to utilize old forms and old tools in new ways to hit new viewers with Cujo, James Gavins, & Derrick V. Holt.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karen Reece

Dr. Karen Reece

President, Urban Community Arts Network
Dr. Karen Reece is a founding member and serves as President of Urban Community Arts Network. Karen develops programming, writes grants and curriculum, and facilitates community organizing in the Hip-Hop community. Karen served as chair of the City of Madison's Task Force on Equity... Read More →
avatar for Cujo

Cujo

This is bigger than hip-hop. Since Cujo was a child he could remember always being stuck with this feeling that something was amiss in the world around him. As he learned more and more about history, and the system that currently occupies us one thing has became abundantly clear... Read More →
avatar for James Gavins

James Gavins

James Gavins received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Scholarship recipient. He joined YAI in summer of 2015 as a First Wave Intern before launching his professional career as the Youth Video Arts Mentor... Read More →


4:00pm

THE MAGIC NECKLACE OF AL-ANDALUS with ROBERT H. BOYER, PH.D.
The Magic Necklace of Al-Andalus is a historical fantasy novel. The historical part occurs, with one Roman digression, in Spain during the nearly 800 years of the Arab presence from their initial tidal-wave invasion in 711to their expulsion in 1492. The Arab tide receded southward but then remained largely in place for several centuries. Al-Andalus refers to these Arab-ruled areas in which the Arabs, Muslims, tolerated and often even welcomed Christians and Jews. Religion is important in the development of the four main characters, Cass, Thea, and Alan, teenagers in Philadelphia in 1951, and Sebastian, the young officer of the Queen’s Guard in Spain in 1491. Religion is also one of the ingredients in the interactions of secondary characters, some of whom are historical. The Magic Necklace and its resident sprite, the Djini Maeden, are the fantasy part of the novel. They spirit the characters off to key times and places of Al-Andalus. As they discover the nature of the Necklace and Maeden, the main characters realize that they have been chosen. They are on a perilous quest affecting themselves and others.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Boyer

Robert Boyer

St Norbert College
Robert H. Boyer received his PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and spent the next 36 years teaching at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. He has traveled extensively in Spain and the Philippines. Now retired, Bob continues to teach occasionally and write regularly... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Workshop: Fantasy & Sci-fi Worldbuilding
Interested in writing sci-fi/fantasy fiction? Join David Michael Williams in workshop that focuses on the elements of worldbuilding to create an imaginary world and addressing the common problems writers struggle with in creating a fictional world.

Speakers
avatar for David Michael Williams

David Michael Williams

President, Publisher, Author, One Million Words Publishing
David Michael Williams has suffered from a storytelling addiction for as long as he can remember. With a background in journalism, public relations, and marketing, he also flaunts his love affair with the written word as an author of speculative fiction. His most recent books include... Read More →


  • 3-7 14+

6:30pm

Susan Orlean Presents The Library Book
This is a ticketed event. Two options are available for tickets:
*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat
or
* Free General Admission

 Please secure your tickets here.

Susan Orlean, Journalist, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of Tin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, reads from and discusses The Library Book, an LA Times Finalist for Best Nonfiction, Reese Witherspoon’s First 2019 Book Club Pick of the Year, and a current New York Times bestseller.

The Library Book is a braided story that intertwines the story of a crime —the 1986 arson of a Los Angeles library— with the history of libraries in the world (including libraries in wartime and book burning) as well as Orlean’s memories.

In a starred review, Booklist describes The Library Book as "mesmerizing . . . A riveting mix of true crime, history, biography, and immersion journalism. . . . Probing, prismatic, witty, dramatic, and deeply appreciative, Orlean’s chronicle celebrates libraries as sanctuaries, community centers, and open universities run by people of commitment, compassion, creativity, and resilience."

Other reviewers have called the book a “masterpiece,” noting that, “Orlean’s library is a wondrous factory, a buzzing, churning archival machine, a bit musty maybe, but as glorious to behold as the inner works of a clock tower. And her librarians are modern heroes, saints dedicated to knowledge and facts, and sentinels standing guard over the new role that libraries play as cornerstone of the world’s social infrastructure.”
 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

This is a ticketed event. Please secure your tickets here.Susan Orlean, the bestselling nonfiction author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin and a staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of the current bestseller, The Library Book, which has earned rave reviews and top spots on best-of-the-year book lists... Read More →


8:00pm

Fun and Games: Short Story Night
Richie Zaborowske brings his popular Short Story Night to Green Bay, Wisconsin!  Meet up for drinks and discuss short stories— with a twist.

This *isn't* a traditional book club. Expect a funny monologue, trivia, and other surprises—almost like a late night talk show for story-loving crowds. No need to read anything beforehand. Copies of the stories will be read by presenters and distributed so participants can follow along. Expect a night of intellectual adventure and a lot of laughs!

Speakers
avatar for Richie Zaborowske

Richie Zaborowske

Richie Zaborowske is a librarian at the Neenah Public Library. He enjoys creating traditional library programs with an unconventional twist: “Lebowski Fest” featuring a noted PhD Lebwoski scholar, or “Short Story Night,” which resembles a late-night talk show more than a book... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303
 
Saturday, April 27
 

10:00am

Collaboration in Nonfiction
Heidi and Kathy will describe their successful collaboration on their nonfiction title "Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay" and will discuss how their method of "sharing the burdens and joys" could work for others.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hodges

Heidi Hodges

Heidi Hodges and Kathy Steebs both reside in Sturgeon Bay. Long time friends, the two have worked together with the Door County Magazine, and with other projects. In 2016 they joined forces to write the History Press/Avery Publishing title "Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay" which was... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Steebs

Kathy Steebs

Kathy Steebs and Heidi Hodges both reside in Sturgeon Bay. Longtime friends, the two have worked together with the Door County Magazine, and with other projects. In 2016 they joined forces to write the History Press/Avery Publishing title "Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay" which was... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Finding Your Niche in Historical Writing
You love history and want to write about it, but where do you start? In this session author Melinda Roberts will provide the history writer with tools for research, outlining, inspiration, and determining their niche in writing about history. 

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Roberts

Melinda Roberts

Melinda was raised in Southern California in the 1960s/1970s. After moving to Wisconsin in 2011, a series of serendipitous events launched her on a journey to visit and digitally record Wisconsin’s historical markers and sites. Today, Melinda's award-winning WisconsinHistoricalMarkers.com... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Board Room KI Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Getting Along with Ourselves (And Feeling Good About It)

Michael Leannah draws on his experience as an elementary school teacher and his popular picture books Most People and Goodnight Whispers to show and explain how to be more loving and accepting of others, and of ourselves.

The first half of the session is aimed at children and the parents and teachers who care for and work with them. Participants will observe—or take part in—demonstrations and role-playing activities.

The second half focuses on esteem-boosting writing activities and games for the home or classroom. Mike will use examples from his instruction book We Think with Ink to lead a variety of fun and meaningful exercises.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Leannah

Michael Leannah

The celebrated author of the picture books Most People and Goodnight Whispers, Michael Leannah has also published his work for children in magazines, such as Scholastic's Instructor, the Australian magazine Countdown, Highlights for Children, and Ladybug.


10:00am

Level Up: How to Revise Your Writing for Publication (Youth Workshop)
Covering all the bases from fanfiction to writing your local newspaper, this panel presentation by two teen writers and a teen writing mentor explains different approaches to publishing your writing and growing your audience of readers. Applicable to fiction or nonfiction writers.

Registration is required for this free event.
Sign up
here.



Speakers
avatar for Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier is a high school English teacher, writer and prairie restorer, who writes about a small fishing town loosely based on her bartending days on the Wolf River. 


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

10:00am

Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes
Join Pamela Cameron & Renee Ostrowski in a reading for kids up through 0-7 about Sport, a real-life dog and his daring adventures on a Wisconsin lighthouse ship.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Cameron

Pamela Cameron

Wisconsin Historical Society Press Author
Pamela Cameron was an elementary and middle school librarian and a public librarian in Wisconsin and Michigan. She earned her teaching certification from UW–Oshkosh. She is a member of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Writing for Elementary Grade Writers
Young writers can join published author Kim Suhr as she leads them through creative writing activities.

Ages 6-11.

This free workshop requires registration to guarantee a seat. 
Reserve your spot here.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Suhr

Kim Suhr

Director, Red Oak Writing
Kim Suhr is Director of Red Oak Writing, an organization that supports writers, ages teen through adult. In the summer, Kim leads Creative Writing Camps for youth: week-long experiences that provide participants with creative activities and nurturing community to make their writing... Read More →


10:00am

We Need Diverse Books
Join Catherine Lundoff, Lee Pulaski, Silvia Acevedo, & Lora Hyler in a panel to address the lack of diverse narratives in children's literature, adult literature, and genre fiction. The panelists will lead discussion through a diverse lens, with topics such as how we can promote inclusiveness in books for all ages and experiences, and how we can celebrate diverse books.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning bisexual writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis. She is the author of Silver Moon and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and editor of the forthcoming pirate anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), as well... Read More →
avatar for Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski has published more than a dozen books, most of them taking place in Wisconsin. From romance to mysteries to the supernatural, Lee specializes in showing the love between two men and how they navigate through the trials of life. After publishing his first book, “The Colors... Read More →
avatar for Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo is a journalist and novelist. In her 20+ years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and guest hosted a television morning talk show. Silvia currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over... Read More →
avatar for Lora Hyler

Lora Hyler

Lora Hyler's debut middle grade novel, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes, was published in March 2018. The book is available throughout the U.S., Australia, Portugal and the UK. Lora has written hundreds of articles, several full-length screenplays, and short stories... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Retail Book Sale to Author, Where Does the Money Go?
Follow the money and solve the mystery.  From bookseller to distributor, publisher to agent when a book sells how much does an author (or illustrator) get?  Publishing is a confusing industry…is it all about literature or is it a business?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of traditional vs. independent publishing? 

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McBriarty

Patrick McBriarty

Patrick McBriarty delights in explaining to people that he lives under a bridge in Chicago.  Known for presenting to engineers, architects, historians, and children he provides kids STEM/STEAM workshops, school visits, bridge tours, and book talks sharing his knowledge and experiences... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, & a Neighborhood
Join author Jen Rubin as she discusses her book, which is a small business story and a story about a shop owner that keeps on going despite the odds.  It is an immigrant story, a grandfather-father-daughter story, a story of the unique character a family business brings to a neighborhood, and a reflection on what has been lost as stores like these disappear.  

Speakers
avatar for Jen Rubin

Jen Rubin

Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI.  An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Auditorium 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Wisconsin Stories: A Reading by C. Kubasta
A reading of Wisconsin fiction, set in our towns & places. Kubasta's fiction (Girling, Brain Mill Press, 2017; and This Business of the Flesh, Apprentice House, 2018)  explores growing up in small towns— the subtle class distinctions, gender dynamics, environmental concerns, and relationships between people & animals.

Speakers
avatar for C. Kubasta

C. Kubasta

C. Kubasta writes poetry, prose & hybrid forms. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it.  She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: A Lovely Box, which won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize, and &s; and the full-length collections, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX) and Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press), and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press). Her novel This Business of the Flesh is forthcoming October 2018 from Apprentice House... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Meeting Room 7 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Workshop: Writing the Veteran's Experience
Join us for this introductory workshop of discussion and prompts designed to help you explore the stories you want to tell and who you want to hear them. Learn how specific details and sensory images shape the narrative you wish to create while enhancing memory. We will also explore the importance of self-care when writing about traumatic times in our lives.

UntitledTown suggests participants bring pen/pencil and paper.


Speakers
avatar for Joanne Nelson

Joanne Nelson

Joanne Nelson’s writing appears in anthologies and literary journals such as the museum of Americana, Midwestern Gothic, and Redivider. She is the 2017 winner of The Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize in nonfiction. In addition, Nelson gives presentations on topics related to writing... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

How to Break into Freelance Writing
Ever wondered how to begin freelance writing, but don't know where to start? Join Terra L. Fletcher, Amanda Lauer, & Marci Martin in a workshop to learn the basics of freelancing, and how to start a career in it.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley is the author of five novels (most recently, “Searching for Celia,” Bold Strokes Books, 2015) and four co-written memoirs, including “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World” (with Joal Derse Dauer, Kensington, 2017) and the upcoming... Read More →
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Amanda Lauer

Amanda Lauer is an avid reader and history buff. The journalist fulfilled a lifelong goal with the publication of her debut novel, A World Such as Heaven Intended on October 29, 2014. The novel hit No. 1 on Amazon/Kindle shortly after publication, was the 2016 YA CALA award winner... Read More →
avatar for Marci Martin

Marci Martin

A lifelong lover of the written word, Marci Martin has been stringing them together in different ways for a long time. A professional grant, proposal and business services writer, she published her first fiction work, Lily Laughs, in January 2015. Her second fiction novel, Whiskey... Read More →
avatar for Terra L. Fletcher

Terra L. Fletcher

Terra L. Fletcher, professional speaker and nonfiction author, started her first business at 15 and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. She studies communication because she knows she can do better and enjoys helping others do the same. Terra learned some of her best communication... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Talk with a Literary Agent
Got questions about the literary process? Wonder why you need an agent? Join literary agent Kent Wolf, who will talk about the publishing world and take your questions.



Speakers
avatar for Kent Wolf

Kent Wolf

Kent D. Wolf is a literary agent with The Friedrich Agency where he represents literary and upmarket fiction and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, journalism and pop culture. His clients include National Book Award Finalist for Fiction Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times-bestselling... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Meacham

Rebecca Meacham

Rebecca Meacham is the author two award-winning fiction collections, Let’s Do and Morbid Curiosities. Her prose has been published widely, set to music, translated into Polish, and carved into woodblocks and letter-pressed by steamroller. Director of the UWGB Teaching Press and... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Naturalist John Bates shares Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and Where to Find Them)
Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and Where to Find Them)

Old-growth forests touch the soul of many people. Despite the remarkable emotional appeal and scientific value of old-growth forests, only 0.3% of Wisconsin’s old-growth forests remain. Nevertheless, these scattered, small parcels still retain their ability to amaze hikers with their diversity, complexity, and beauty.
This book directs visitors to the 50 best old-growth sites left in Wisconsin. Each site has clear directions, a listing of ownership, size, and age, and a description of its ecological features, with perhaps a story of why it was saved. A map and photo(s) illustrates each site. An additional shorter chapter includes the “50 Best-of-the-Rest.”
The book is for a general audience, but its wealth of rigorously-researched and profusely-illustrated data may also serve as a general reference for professional ecologists and conservationists.

Speakers
avatar for John Bates

John Bates

John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. His most recent non-fiction book is Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (And Where to Find Them). He’s... Read More →


10:00am

William Kent Krueger visits UntitledTown
This is a ticketed event. Two options are available for tickets:
*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat
or
* Free General Admission
Please secure your tickets here.

"Krueger skillfully combines the otherworldly setting of the Minnesota wilds with Native American lore to create a winning mystery with more than a few surprises."--Publishers Weekly

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves. Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers. Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, is scheduled for publication in September 2019.


Speakers
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

This is a ticketed event. Two options are available for tickets:*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seator* Free General AdmissionPlease secure your tickets here.Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child de... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Writing Science Fiction: A Workshop with Michael Moreci
Science Fiction's hottest rising star leads a workshop in the craft of storytelling.
This FREE event requires REGISTRATION to guarantee your seat. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Moreci

Michael Moreci

Michael Moreci is the creator of numerous original comics series and has written and collaborated on multiple established properties. His most recent original works, Roche Limit (Image Comics) and Burning Fields (BOOM! Studios), were both recognized by many publications as being among... Read More →


12:00pm

Writing a Memoir: A Humorous Stroll Through Creative Nonfiction
Thinking about writing a memoir but don't know how to get started? This workshop, based on personal experience, offers practical suggestions and support along with light-hearted observations to help you get started and how not to offend anyone along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Stewart

Karl Stewart

Karl Stewart is an award-winning author that was raised in post-WWII West Virginia, and although he moved to Wisconsin in his teen years, his writing harkens back to the forested mountains. Loosely based on the life of his Choctaw great-grandfather, Seebird, his novels span the time... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Kid's Lit: How to Write for Young Audiences
Join this panel of established Children's and Young Adult Fiction writers as they discuss the ins and outs of crafting a story or novel for young audiences. 

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy is a YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She credits her writing inspiration to her high school English teacher who encouraged her to be more descriptive in her work. Sandy resides in southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sandygo... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a huge fan of Ireland travel and all things Irish. She’s the author of the award-winning, Celtic-mythology-inspired Circle of Nine series. She also writes middle-grade novels and nonfiction and is represented by The Purcell Agency.When she’s not writing, she’s... Read More →
avatar for Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo is a journalist and novelist. In her 20+ years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and guest hosted a television morning talk show. Silvia currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Weyenberg

Laurie Weyenberg

Laurie Weyenberg lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, designer, and author. Laurie has always enjoyed writing and spent time as a freelance writer for The Green Bay Press Gazette writing career profiles for their Sunday paper, and articles for the Brown... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba is an author who spends her days telling stories. She creates ideas and people and places that entertain, inspire, and educate. As a workshop leader and presenter, she's had the privilege of helping others birth their stories into the world. Can you imagine anything more... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Music Journalism Secrets with Katie Bain

Secrets of Music Journalism


Most everyone has seen Almost Famous, but have you ever wondered what it's really like to be a modern day music journalist? In this Q&A session, writer Katie Bain discusses how to pitch stories, how to get published, how to get backstage, how to get rock stars to open up and everything (and anything!) else you've always wanted to know about the thrills and challenges of music-related reporting. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Bain has covered the Los Angeles music scene for more than a decade. She's toured Europe with Hans Zimmer, hung out in Malibu with Lenny Kravitz and covered festivals on three continents. Recent bylines include cover stories for Billboard, Flaunt, LA Weekly and DJ Mag.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Bain

Katie Bain

Freelance Journalist
Katie Bain is a writer and editor originally from De Pere. A lifelong music and culture obsessive, she began her career after earning a degree in journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin. She's lived in Los Angeles for the last 11 years, serving as the Senior... Read More →


12:00pm

Research in Writing
Ever wondered how to use research in writing? Don't know how to start? Join Terri Karsten in a course that shows writers how to find out what they need to know in order to bring their stories to life. The session will provide practical suggestions for conducting and using primary, secondary and experiential research in any kind of writing.


Speakers
avatar for Terri Karsten

Terri Karsten

Terri Karsten has been a writer and educator all her life. After twenty-one years of teaching high school English, she now works as a writing coach and focuses on writing historical fiction. Her debut novel, A Mistake of Consequence (2015, B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree) takes readers... Read More →


12:00pm

Secrets to a Successful Mystery Series
Planning a mystery series? Don't know where to start with your ideas? In this craft talk, we’ll look at the elements needed to carry the weight of three, four, or even more books. We’ll also consider the challenges you face when you move past the first book.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, Death in Cold Water, and Death Rides the Ferry, the first four books in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Death by the Bay, the latest volume, will be released this spring. Skalka is a former... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Pout Pout Fish: Interactive Children's Theater
DescriptionEnter the colorful world under the sea and swim along with The Pout-Pout Fish and friends as they discover that sometimes friendship is all it takes to find a smile where “dreary wearies” used to be. Based on Deborah Diesen’s “Pout Pout Fish” series, this theatrical experience invites our young audience and their grown ups into an environment of bright ocean colors, memorable music, and playful rhyme in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.
Appropriate for ages 18 months to 6 years old & their grown ups.
Doors open at 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time for guests to explore the world of Pout Pout Fish through self guided hands on literacy and creative play activities. Young guests are encouraged to arrive early and create a fish puppet that they will use during the performance.
Interactive performance is free, but since seating is limited, we encourage guests to reserve their tickets in advance. TICKETS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.


Speakers
avatar for Pout Pout Fish

Pout Pout Fish

Dare to Dream Theater
Enter the colorful world under the sea and swim along with The Pout-Pout Fish and friends as they discover that sometimes friendship is all it takes to find a smile where “dreary wearies” used to be. Based on Deborah Diesen’s “Pout Pout Fish” series, this theatrical experience... Read More →


12:00pm

Writing & Publishing Sci-fi/Paranormal/Fantasy Fiction
From inhuman shape-shifters to cursed amulets; a zombie apocalypse with exploding mutants; strange, new realms and unexplored dimensions — welcome to the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, and the paranormal! A diverse collective of speculative fiction authors will share their trials, adulation to the craft, the horrors of publishing, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Whitmore

Christopher Whitmore

Christopher Whitmore was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in the waning years of the swinging sixties. He has been a writer since he first took crayon in hand and posted his manifesto on the family refrigerator – a rambling screed about the inherent evils of broccoli.His formative... Read More →
avatar for David Michael Williams

David Michael Williams

President, Publisher, Author, One Million Words Publishing
David Michael Williams has suffered from a storytelling addiction for as long as he can remember. With a background in journalism, public relations, and marketing, he also flaunts his love affair with the written word as an author of speculative fiction. His most recent books include... Read More →
avatar for Kira Shayde

Kira Shayde

As a paranormal romance author, Kira Shayde explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can't help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing relationship, passion, and happily ever after.  Kira also writes young adult fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Mark Engels

Mark Engels

Mark J. Engels is the author of multiple award-nominated ALWAYS GRAY IN WINTER from Thurston Howl Publications, first in a paranormal sci-fi thriller series featuring the modern-day remnant of an ancient clan of werecats. A railroader and electrical engineer, Mark wrote for industry... Read More →
avatar for Jevenna Willow

Jevenna Willow

Jevenna Willow is a Wisconsin native, by heart and by choice. The moment she could hold a pencil was the beginning to her imagination running wild. She fears it has escaped the boundaries of confinement, and hence she now has in print over 50 romance novels in six different genres... Read More →
avatar for Steven Mitchell

Steven Mitchell

S.C.Mitchell is a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, who crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through demon-filled dimensions, deep space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines face fantastic... Read More →


12:00pm

Writing About Grief, Violence, Fear, & Trauma
Join this talented group of published authors in this workshop on writing about the darkest times of life, and navigating this interesting and enlightening path for creativity. 

Speakers
avatar for Madame Renee Beese

Madame Renee Beese

Madame Renee Beese is a mother of 2, grandmother of 5. She entered law enforcement in her 20s and retiring at 30. She returned to school for natural health and massage for 11 years. One day she woke up with a vision of a book called You Are It. This started a book series by Gramma... Read More →
avatar for Christy Wopat

Christy Wopat

Christy Wopat’s memoir, “Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies,” was published by Orange Hat Publishing. A 4th-grade teacher, busy mama, and wife, Christy has always relied on writing as a way to cope. Recently she decided to use that strength... Read More →
avatar for Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy’s novel, The Second Home, will be published by St. Martins Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, Pleiades and elsewhere. She teaches English at Beloit... Read More →
avatar for Karla Manternach

Karla Manternach

Karla Manternach grew up in small-town Iowa, a grubby kid in tube socks who once stopped a parade by running in front of a fire truck for candy. When she was older, Karla detasseled corn, read Star Trek novels, and studied languages that no one speaks anymore. Today, she lives with... Read More →
avatar for Vicky Meawasige Reed

Vicky Meawasige Reed

Vicky Meawasige Reed lives in Howard WI, where she finds inspiration in her family. She wrote her debut memoir, Path of the Turquoise Warrior, in honor of her father who passed in 2010 from cancer. She is currently working on a children's book and hopes to finish a work of fiction... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Flash Prose: What it is & Why it Rocks
Interested in flash fiction? Unsure where to start? Join Sara Ladwig in a short discussion of flash prose, including examples, and will have participants practice writing pieces of their own micro-stories.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Ladwig

Sara Ladwig

Sara Ladwig recently graduated from University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. When she's not juggling researching MFA programs and working full time, she experiments with all forms of fiction and nonfiction writing. She is a former editor in chief of Sheepshead Review, and has had two... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center—Board Room KI Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

YA Author Joelle Charbonneau Reads from the Dividing Eden Trilogy
Joelle has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times best selling The Testing trilogy(The TestingIndependent Study, and Graduation Day) as well as two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries and the Glee Club mysteries. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, on the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 as well as the YALSA Quick Picks for reluctant readers.



Speakers
avatar for Joelle Charbonneau

Joelle Charbonneau

Joelle has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times best selling The Testing trilogy(The Testing, Independent Study, and Graduation Day) as well as two mystery series: The ... Read More →


  • 3-7 Fantasy

12:00pm

Panel discussion with Great Lakes Chronicle contributors - Moderated by Michael Friis
Lakes Superior and Michigan have long played a vital role in shaping our state's history, culture and economy. For forty years, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has collaborated with governments and nonprofit organizations to preserve and protect this crucial resource, and, since 2002, has promoted public awareness of issues affecting the lakes in its annual Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle. Great Lakes Chronicle: Essays on Coastal Wisconsin brings together more than one hundred articles by coastal management practitioners, providing a broad perspective on issues affecting Wisconsin's Great Lakes shorelines, and advocating for the wise and balanced use of our coastal environment for the benefit of people now and in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Friis

Michael Friis

Wisconsin Historical Society Press Author
Lakes Superior and Michigan have long played a vital role in shaping our state's history, culture and economy. For forty years, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has collaborated with governments and nonprofit organizations to preserve and protect this crucial resource, and... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

No Book? No Problem! (You Can Still Be a Published Author)
When writers think of publishing, they often picture a physical book, but there are a myriad of other ways to share shorter pieces, expand readership and join the ranks of the “published.” Participants will learn about various markets for their work and get an overview of the steps to publication. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Suhr

Kim Suhr

Director, Red Oak Writing
Kim Suhr is Director of Red Oak Writing, an organization that supports writers, ages teen through adult. In the summer, Kim leads Creative Writing Camps for youth: week-long experiences that provide participants with creative activities and nurturing community to make their writing... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

An Afternoon Reading with Jamie Ford
This is a ticketed event. Two options are available for tickets:
*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat
or
* Free General Admission 
Secure your tickets here.

The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Songs of Willow Frost and his latest, Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

About Love and Other Consolation Prizes:
A half-Chinese orphan is "offered as a prize in the daily raffle at the [1909 Seattle World's Fair], advertised as 'Healthy boy to a good home for the winning ticket holder.' The woman who 'wins' him is the madam of a notorious brothel who was famous for educating her girls. He becomes a houseboy in her brothel and is befriended by the daughter of the madam, as well as a Japanese girl who works in the kitchen. The friendship and love between these three form the first real family Ernest has ever known"

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford

Tickets available here.My name is James. Yes, I'm a dude.I’m also the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—which was, in no particular order, an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Gazing Into the Abyss: Serial Killer William Zamastil, the Victims, and Other Killers
Law enforcement professionals and criminologists long have been challenged to arrive at a consensus over the most accurate ways to classify serial killers. With predators as diverse as the lesser-known William Zamastil to slick con artists such as Ted Bundy, one description certainly does not fit all when it comes to grouping the depraved minds that comprise America's most prolific murderers.
Veteran criminal profiler Steve Daniels takes a detailed look into the behavioral intricacies that separate contract killers from sexual deviants, highly organized planners from low-functioning opportunists. Daniels advances the notion that current classification models fall short of the reality faced by law enforcement and prosecutors, offering an additional profiling tool in the battle against violent crime.


Speakers
avatar for Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels retired after twenty-six years in the criminal justice system, the last twelve as a high-risk parole agent working with extremely violent and dangerous offenders. During that career, Steve and a colleague interviewed and researched nearly 200 murderers in an effort to... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
KI Convention Center—Auditorium 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Nancy Lawson, The Humane Gardener, Sponsored by Wild Ones Green Bay, The Botanical Gardens, and NEW Master Gardeners
The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife with native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer.

In her presentation Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife, author Nancy Lawson will expand on the message in her book and address practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action. Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misconceptions about the wild species living among us.

Nancy Lawson has been brought to UntitledTown through the generous sponsorship of The Wild Ones - Green Bay Chapter, Green Bay Botanical Garden, and NEW Master Gardener Association.





Speakers
avatar for Nancy Lawson

Nancy Lawson

Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. A columnist for All Animals magazine, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Her book and garden have been featured in The New... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Workshop: Writing and Faith
Interested in writing about faith, but don't know how to start? Join Amanda Lauer in a workshop to teach the craft of writing with aspects of faith. Participants will work through various phases of writing using building blocks/storyboarding phase, and learning how to pull it all together.  


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Amanda Lauer

Amanda Lauer is an avid reader and history buff. The journalist fulfilled a lifelong goal with the publication of her debut novel, A World Such as Heaven Intended on October 29, 2014. The novel hit No. 1 on Amazon/Kindle shortly after publication, was the 2016 YA CALA award winner... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

12:00pm

Cartoneras Book-Making Workshop with Carolina Espinoza
Cartoneras are not for profit, coop publishers, that publish books made out of recycled materials (i.e. cardboard). The covers of the books are hand painted by different artists and then sold for very little. This form of book publishing and disseminating culture started in Latin America during hard financial times, but now has spread to different parts of the world and has given new meaning to book making and publishing outside of traditional commercial realms.

Join Carolina Espinoza to learn more about this movement and make your own books. All materials will be provided to attendees.

Every attendee will leave this session with their own handmade book.

The workshop is open to any age—kids and adults can make books together.

REGISTRATION is required for this FREE event. Register here.

Speakers
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Carolina Espinoza

Carolina Espinoza (Concepcion, Chile, 1974) is a Chilean journalist residing in Madrid, Spain, since 2000. She is the Foreign Correspondent of the Chilean "Cooperative Radio" in Madrid. Additionally, she collaborates with the newspapers Publico and el Salto, and the magazine Ajoblanco... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Rise & Grind Break-Out Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Reading
Split Rock Review celebrates the release of Waters Deep, an anthology of Great Lakes poetry, co-edited by Crystal S. Gibbins and Michelle Menting. Come listen to a diverse group of contributing poets read from Waters Deep and discuss how they’ve been inspired by the Great Lakes and the woods, watersheds, hills, bluffs, iron and copper ranges, snow belts, rustbelts, and communities that surround them. From layers of history and human culture to natural landscapes and built environments, the voices, perspectives, and styles of the poets featured in Waters Deep are as varied and powerful as the lakes themselves. A Q&A session will follow the reading.

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Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) and the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (2013) and Residence Time (2016). She is co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology and poetry and nonfiction editor of Split Rock Review. Her writing... Read More →
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Crystal Gibbins

Crystal S. Gibbins is the founding editor of Split Rock Review, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, and author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), winner of the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and runner-up of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from... Read More →
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Casey Thayer

Casey Thayer is the author of Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur. A recipient of fellowships from Stanford University and Sewanee Writers' Conference, he has published poetry in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.
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Issa M. Lewis

Issa M. Lewis is the author of Infinite Collisions (Finishing Line Press) and a graduate of New England College’s MFA program. A runner-up in the 2017 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize and 2013 winner of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Jabberwock... Read More →
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Connor Yeck

Connor Yeck’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Poetry Review, Columbia Journal, andJuxtaProse. An MFA candidate at Western Michigan University, he currently works for New Issues Press and is Poetry Editor at Third Coast.
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M. Bartley Seigel

M. Bartley Seigel is the author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing); founding editor and publisher emeritus, PANK Magazine; and creative writing professor at Michigan Technological University. His writing regularly appears in journals such as DIAGRAM, Michigan Quarterly... Read More →
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Phillip Sterling

Phillip Sterling is the author of two poetry collections, And Then Snow andMutual Shores, a collection of short fiction, In Which Brief Stories Are Told, and four chapbook-length series of poems. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping... Read More →
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Milton Bates

Milton J. Bates is the author of the poetry chapbook Always on Fire(Five Oaks Press) andbooks about Wallace Stevens, the Vietnam War, and the Bark River watershed in Wisconsin. He lives on the shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, MI.
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Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan is the author of the poetry chapbook Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey (Final Thursday Press). Her work recently appears in Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, and Barrow Street. She teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American... Read More →
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Janna Knittel

Janna Knittel is a writer from the Pacific Northwest who lives in Minnesota. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has published a chapbook, Fish & Wild Life(Finishing Line Press), as well as poems in Cold Mountain Review, NEAT Magazine, Nice Cage, and Whale Road... Read More →
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Emily Stoddard

Emily Stoddard’s writing has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, New Poetry from the Midwest, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, Cold Mountain Review, Gravel, and elsewhere. As an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists, she founded Voice & Vessel, a studio in Michigan where she leads... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
KI Convention Center—Meeting Room 7 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Moods of Poetry: Romance to Revenge
Join Denise Low in a discussion and workshop discusses demonstrates which forms enhance the moods of your subjects, including types of elegies, love poems, humor, riddles, whimsy, nature reflections, and more. Prose writers who wish to hone their style are welcome as well as poets at all stages. The overall emotional impact of any writing is what readers remember. This session gives sure-fire techniques and tips. 

Speakers
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Denise Low

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, won a Red Mountain Press Award for Shadow Light: Poems. Other books are Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival, a memoir (U. of Nebraska Press) and Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press). Jackalope, fiction, was... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
KI Convention Center—Board Room KI Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

From Bits to Blog to Book
Since the success of Julie & Julia; My Year of Cooking Dangerously, many have secretly hoped to follow the same path. When Kathie Giorgio created her blog Today’s Moment of Happiness Despite The News, she wasn’t thinking about success. Then her publisher called. “They want a book,” he said. This craft talk is focused on helping current or aspiring bloggers to find their path to success.

Speakers
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Kathie Giorgio

Kathie Giorgio is the critically acclaimed author or four novels, two story collections and a poetry chapbook.  Her fourth novel, In Grace’s Time was a runner up in the literary category of the Maxy Awards. Giorgio’s first novel, The Home for Wayward Clocks, received the Outstanding... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Handling the Taboo in Children's Writing
How far is too far? How do authors handle graphic, heavy social topics when writing for children?

Join authors Silvia Acevedo, Valerie Biel, Angie Stanton, Kelly Risser, and Sandy Goldsworthy as they discuss censorship and courage in kid lit.

Speakers
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Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →
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Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy is a YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She credits her writing inspiration to her high school English teacher who encouraged her to be more descriptive in her work. Sandy resides in southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sandygo... Read More →
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Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at... Read More →
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Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a huge fan of Ireland travel and all things Irish. She’s the author of the award-winning, Celtic-mythology-inspired Circle of Nine series. She also writes middle-grade novels and nonfiction and is represented by The Purcell Agency.When she’s not writing, she’s... Read More →
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Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo is a journalist and novelist. In her 20+ years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and guest hosted a television morning talk show. Silvia currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Young Writers Workshop with Melissa Westemeier
Are you a young, aspiring writer looking to learn more about the writing world? Join high school English teacher Melissa Westemeier for this workshop on writing for young readers.

Ages 10-18.

This FREE event requires REGISTRATION to guarantee a seat.

Speakers
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Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier is a high school English teacher, writer and prairie restorer, who writes about a small fishing town loosely based on her bartending days on the Wolf River. 


2:00pm

Writing to Connect With Communities, Organizations, and Causes
Join this influential group of writers in their panel on writing to connect with readers in a way that makes a lasting impact. 

Speakers
avatar for Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg's readings and workshops have been well-received at Untitled Town, and she adds a touch of wisdom based on forty years of highly successful publishing, several books through numerous presses, and hundreds of poems published in national journals and anthologies... Read More →
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Kymberley Pelky

Kymberley Pelky is an unpublished author and is responsible for the youth, adult, inclusive, and tech services at a local public library, and who conducts a Writers' Group and a program for youth called PEN (Program for Enhancing Narrative.) she prefers reading and writing both romance... Read More →
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Karla Brooks

Karla Brooks is guided by her need to EXPLORE, CREATE, CONNECT and INSPIRE. Her mission is to help others discover their authentic selves. She believes in the power of utilizing co-design principles to guide innovation and engagement initiatives. She’s a creative spirit and lifelong... Read More →
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Christy Wopat

Christy Wopat’s memoir, “Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies,” was published by Orange Hat Publishing. A 4th-grade teacher, busy mama, and wife, Christy has always relied on writing as a way to cope. Recently she decided to use that strength... Read More →


2:00pm

Hard-Boiled Heroines: Women Characters in Mystery and Crime Fiction
Since the first female detective story appeared in 1862, what kinds of heroines have mystery and crime writers created? What kinds do today's reviewers and readers want to meet? In this panel, crime fiction scholar Dagni Bredesen and reviewers Rebecca Nesvet and Keshena Hanson will explore these questions.

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Keshena Hanson

Keshena Hanson earned a Bachelor's in English from UW-Green Bay. While there, she worked on the school's journal of literature and art, Sheepshead Review as an assistant copy-editor and fiction staff member. Now she writes crime fiction reviews on reviewingtheevidence.com, and is a writer for Appleton Monthly Magazine. Her non-fiction piece "Bury the Blues Blueberry Pie" was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Sheepshead Review... Read More →
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Dagni Bredesen

Dagni Bredesen is a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.  Her research on Victorian widowhood and on nineteenth-century female detectives has been published as journal articles and in essay collections. She has edited a volume for Scholar’s Facsimiles and Reprints... Read More →
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Rebecca Nesvet

Rebecca Nesvet teaches English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and reviews contemporary global mystery and crime fiction for Reviewing the Evidence (www.reviewingtheevidence.com).


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Meeting Room 7 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

What Really Happened at the Cormier Station
Ron Di Orio was thrilled he could put his woodworking skills to use when he landed a job and later owned a small furniture restoration shop near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building dated to the Civil War and was filled with projects that needed attention. Unfortunately, the decorated U.S. Navy Veteran soon would learn the historic structure was home to more than just old furniture. ... “What Really Happened at Cormier Station” is the true story of one man’s terrifying efforts to build a successful business while unlocking the secrets of Cormier Station. In the process of freeing the spirits trapped within the building’s walls, Di Orio would have to win a supernatural battle against his own internal demons and protect his wife from the powerful alter ego who possessed his very being.

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Ron Di Orio

Ron Di Orio was thrilled he could put his woodworking skills to use when he landed a job and later owned a small furniture restoration shop near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building dated to the Civil War and was filled with projects that needed attention. Unfortunately, the decorated... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Auditorium 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Writing with Popular Culture
Writing about popular culture may seem easy, but in a media-saturated world finding your voice and being heard among the noise takes skill and practice. Join CarrieLynn Reinhard & Christopher Olson in a talk that will consider how to approach various pop culture topics from a scholarly perspective while remaining accessible to a wide audience.

Speakers
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CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

CarrieLynn D. Reinhard is an Associate Professor at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Along with her partner, Christopher J. Olson, she co-edited Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), co-authored Possessed... Read More →
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Christopher J. Olson

Christopher J. Olson (MA, DePaul University) is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies concentration. He co-authored Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema (Lexington... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Nickolas Butler Reading from Little Faith
This is a ticketed event. Please secure your tickets here.

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he's also uneasy: in Shiloh's absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.

While reckoning with his own faith--or lack thereof--Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the church's radical belief system threatens Isaac's safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover.

Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting intergenerational novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.

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Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first novel was the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Simon Tam Presents "Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court"
About Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court

When Simon Tam started an Asian American dance rock band called The Slants, he didn’t realize that he was starting an entire movement around freedom of expression and discussions on identity. The band flipped stereotypes with their bombastic live shows and community activism. But when Simon applied to register a trademark on the band’s name, the government dragged him all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Slanted is the story of an indomitable spirit who so believes in the idea of justice that he’s willing to risk everything along the way for the dignity of self-identity. Simon shares a deeply personal account that will take you from anime conventions to the Supreme Court, all in the name of justice. The story provides a raw look at our legal system with unflinching honesty and offers timely insights on freedom of speech, how to connect with others we disagree with, and the power of music.

Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, Slanted proves that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer –as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n’ roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American.


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Simon Tam

Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and troublemaker.Tam is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. He has been a keynote speaker, performer, and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department... Read More →


2:00pm

Wisconsin Center for the Book Presents Youth Writing Awards: Letters About Literature
Letters about Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, short story, poem, essay, or speech (excluding song lyrics) and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. It is not a book report, but how the work touched them at some level. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters about Literature each year.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. Each year, the Wisconsin Center for the Book administers the contest for Wisconsin.

This year Untitled Town Book Festival will host the awards ceremony for the 2018 Wisconsin semifinalists and winners. Winners are asked to read their winning letters; prizes and certificates are awarded during the awards ceremony.

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Wisconsin Center for the Book

The Center for the Book was founded in 1977 as a way for the Library of Congress to “promote books, reading, literacy, as well as the scholarly study of books.” The Center for the Book manages important programs such as Letters About Literature and River of Words, in addition... Read More →


2:00pm

Food Memory: How To Spice Up Writing
When writing his memoir set in Wisconsin, national Gourmand Award winner Thomas Pecore Weso realized food evoked his most powerful memories. Aromas, flavors, textures—all the important elements of good descriptions— came naturally. This discussion and workshop will center on how to use food as a subject and/or how to add flavor to poetry or prose, especially using the Wisconsin cornucopia.

Participants should bring writing materials for on-the-spot writing about memorable flavor experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso’s Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) was a national Gourmand Award winner in the category of Historical Recipes. The Midwest Independent Booksellers picked Good Seeds as one of three November selections, and The Miller’s... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Page Turning: Tension Small & Large
Tension on every page, they say. But that’s not quite enough. This workshop offers a compelling examination of the varieties of tension that work to keep readers engaged at the page level and beyond. Join Tim Storm in a craft talk to look at some revolutionary concepts that help writers craft not only tense passages, but also sequences, acts, and entire stories.

Speakers
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Tim Storm

Tim Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose work has appeared a number of journals and anthologies, including Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Short Story America, and Literary Hub. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings informs his teaching, editing, and... Read More →


2:00pm

The Pangea Tales: A Reading
Local author McKenzie Austin introduces interested parties to her genre-bending fantasy series, The Panagea Tales, with excerpts read from book one (The Tree That Grew Through Iron) and two (The Gods Who Harvested Men).  

Speakers
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McKenzie Austin

McKenzie Austin has always enjoyed her relationship with the creative arts. A tattoo artist by trade, she is intimately familiar with the art world, and enjoys diving into both the visual and written parts of it. She resides with her family in Green Bay, WI.  


2:00pm

Designers' & Illustrators' Panel: Designing Worlds of Words
Are you in the world of writing, but have a passion for designing and illustration? Join Christine Style, Karen Schaufeld, and Teelia Pelletier in a craft talk to discuss designing world and how to make a career out of it.

Speakers
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Craig Knitt

Craig Knitt has two decades of experience as a public K-12 art teacher. Knitt is also an independent filmmaker and the co-founder of the Wildwood Film Festival, a published artist, a stage performer, and a comedian. Since fall of 2014, Knitt has been in his current YAI teaching artist... Read More →
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Kurt Schwarz

Kurt Schwarz is a realist painter specializing in portraiture, still life, and landscape. His skill in capturing the complex nature of his subjects has contributed to his reputation of being one of Virginia's finest artists. Kurt's career highlights include six solo exhibitions and... Read More →
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Christine Style

Christine Style is an artist/printmaker and recently retired professor of art at UW-Green Bay. She is interested in visual storytelling narratives using primarily the relief printmaking process, which includes woodcuts and letterpress.  Most recently she participated in Really Big... Read More →
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Karen Schaufeld

Karen Schaufeld is the founder and President of 100WomenStrong, a granting organization that strategically invests in nonprofits and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County, Virginia, residents. Karen also co-founded All Ages Read Together (AART), a school readiness program... Read More →
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Teelia Pelletier

Teelia Pelletier is the pseudonym of the author of two middle-grade/YA fantasy novels. The first she wrote and published at 18, the second was written and published when she was 19. The third novel is at the editing stage during the pitch. Teelia is 20.


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Drop-in Writing Workshop for Teens
Are you a young, aspiring writer? Join Kim Suhr for a drop-in writing workshop. This workshop will help teen writers learn how to give and receive helpful feedback on others’ work. Those who bring manuscripts to share will have the opportunity to learn what “sings” in their writing and find opportunities to strengthen the piece in the revision process.

Ages 13-18.

Speakers
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Kim Suhr

Director, Red Oak Writing
Kim Suhr is Director of Red Oak Writing, an organization that supports writers, ages teen through adult. In the summer, Kim leads Creative Writing Camps for youth: week-long experiences that provide participants with creative activities and nurturing community to make their writing... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Young Writers' Workshop with Joelle Charbonneau
Is your child interested in writing? This workshop with Joelle Charbonneau is the perfect place to learn more about the techniques and craft of writing, designed specifically for young, aspiring writers.

Ages 10-18.

This FREE event requires REGISTRATION to guarantee a seat.

Speakers
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Joelle Charbonneau

Joelle has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times best selling The Testing trilogy(The Testing, Independent Study, and Graduation Day) as well as two mystery series: The ... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

2:00pm

Gothic Fiction with Wendy Webb
Wendy Webb reads from her latest novel, Daughter of the Lake.

The ghosts of the past come calling in a spellbinding heart-stopper from the "Queen of the Northern Gothic."

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents' home on Lake Superior to pull herself together--only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman's curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She's seen her before. In her dreams...
One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It's time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it's Kate's turn to listen.
As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.


Speakers
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Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb Two books set Wendy on the path of her life—Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Through those two books, she realized her love of storytelling, and knew, by the time she was about 11 years old, that she wanted to be a novelist... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

The Shawano Area Writers Presents 50 Years of Writing
For more than 50 years, the Shawano Area Writers have met each month to share what they've been working on. Now some of the writers are eager to share their work with a larger audience and showcase their unique stories. 

Speakers
avatar for Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski has published more than a dozen books, most of them taking place in Wisconsin. From romance to mysteries to the supernatural, Lee specializes in showing the love between two men and how they navigate through the trials of life. After publishing his first book, “The Colors... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303

4:00pm

Rethinking Children's Literature
The idea of children's books need to be dumbed down is an idea that promotes bland children's books. In addition, the value of the book can be the ability to teach when read by readers of all ages. This session will explore how to write to aid in language acquisition while creating meaningful content. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Schaufeld

Karen Schaufeld

Karen Schaufeld is the founder and President of 100WomenStrong, a granting organization that strategically invests in nonprofits and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County, Virginia, residents. Karen also co-founded All Ages Read Together (AART), a school readiness program... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Schwarz

Kurt Schwarz

Kurt Schwarz is a realist painter specializing in portraiture, still life, and landscape. His skill in capturing the complex nature of his subjects has contributed to his reputation of being one of Virginia's finest artists. Kurt's career highlights include six solo exhibitions and... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

So You Want to Write Young Adult Historical Fiction
Join Joyce Burns Zeiss as she shares her own experience and examples from other young adult historical fiction writers. In the workshop, she will discuss choosing a topic, researching the time period (world building), choosing and developing your main character, setting up conflict and climax, and how to end. 

Speakers
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Joyce Burns Zeiss

Joyce Burns Zeiss is a young adult author who traditionally published her first book three years ago after teaching junior high. Her book is historical fiction based on the true life story of a Vietnamese boat person. She will be sharing my experience becoming a first-time author... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
KI Convention Center—Board Room KI Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

4:00pm

Writing Memoir
Ever wondered how to write a memoir? Join this group of established writers in a talk on writing memoir, from topics such as how to craft the story you wish to tell, to methods on how to write in this particular field.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso’s Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) was a national Gourmand Award winner in the category of Historical Recipes. The Midwest Independent Booksellers picked Good Seeds as one of three November selections, and The Miller’s... Read More →
avatar for Karl Stewart

Karl Stewart

Karl Stewart is an award-winning author that was raised in post-WWII West Virginia, and although he moved to Wisconsin in his teen years, his writing harkens back to the forested mountains. Loosely based on the life of his Choctaw great-grandfather, Seebird, his novels span the time... Read More →
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Denise Low

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, won a Red Mountain Press Award for Shadow Light: Poems. Other books are Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival, a memoir (U. of Nebraska Press) and Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press). Jackalope, fiction, was... Read More →
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Jen Rubin

Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI.  An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 6B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Writing Mysteries & Thrillers
Join this group of established authors for a craft talk on writing mysteries & thrillers, and learn how these writers got started, why they write what they write, & what makes a good mystery/thriller. 

Speakers
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Marci Martin

A lifelong lover of the written word, Marci Martin has been stringing them together in different ways for a long time. A professional grant, proposal and business services writer, she published her first fiction work, Lily Laughs, in January 2015. Her second fiction novel, Whiskey... Read More →
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Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, Death in Cold Water, and Death Rides the Ferry, the first four books in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Death by the Bay, the latest volume, will be released this spring. Skalka is a former... Read More →
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Nick Chiarkas

Nick Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When he was in the fourth grade his mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation... Read More →
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Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley is the author of five novels (most recently, “Searching for Celia,” Bold Strokes Books, 2015) and four co-written memoirs, including “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World” (with Joal Derse Dauer, Kensington, 2017) and the upcoming... Read More →
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Mark Engels

Mark J. Engels is the author of multiple award-nominated ALWAYS GRAY IN WINTER from Thurston Howl Publications, first in a paranormal sci-fi thriller series featuring the modern-day remnant of an ancient clan of werecats. A railroader and electrical engineer, Mark wrote for industry... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5A 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Fun and Games: Romance Bingo
Join NYTimes bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel, PJ Fiala, Valerie Clarizio, and Steven Mitchell for a fun hour of bingo filled with books and prizes.

Speakers
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Stacey Joy Netzel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after (Ever After being a favorite). She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some cats. In her limited free time, she enjoys hiking, canning fresh... Read More →
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PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance who lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Traveling around via motorcycle, with her husband, to explore and refill her creative cup is a passion and a privilege, but also where characters are able to... Read More →
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Valerie Clarizio

Valerie Clarizio is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and extremely spoiled cat. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers... Read More →
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Steven Mitchell

S.C.Mitchell is a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, who crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through demon-filled dimensions, deep space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines face fantastic... Read More →


4:00pm

Why We Publish What We Publish
Submitting your work to journals and literary agencies can be daunting and intimidating, even for an established writer. Sometimes it feels like there is no way to know what editors are looking for. Join this panel of editors for a chance to gain insight on what editors actually look for when reading through submissions, and what you can do to stand out. 

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) and the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (2013) and Residence Time (2016). She is co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology and poetry and nonfiction editor of Split Rock Review. Her writing... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Gibbins

Crystal Gibbins

Crystal S. Gibbins is the founding editor of Split Rock Review, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, and author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), winner of the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and runner-up of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from... Read More →
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Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy’s novel, The Second Home, will be published by St. Martins Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, Pleiades and elsewhere. She teaches English at Beloit... Read More →
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C. Kubasta

C. Kubasta writes poetry, prose & hybrid forms. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it.  She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: A Lovely Box, which won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize, and &s; and the full-length collections, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX) and Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press), and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press). Her novel This Business of the Flesh is forthcoming October 2018 from Apprentice House... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KI Convention Center—Meeting Room 7 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

1812 Chicago: A Scalping, a Murder, & a Massacre
An intimate look at Chicago’s genesis story during the five months between April and August of 1812.  Residents of the remote military, French & Indian trading post experience an Indian attack, Chicago's first recorded murder, and the massacre or Battle of Fort Dearborn (depending on how you tell it). The story centers on John Kinzie, the area’s leading fur and Indian trader, who is embroiled in intrigue in the middle ground between the British, Native American tribes, and the land-hungry Americans on the cusp of the War of 1812.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McBriarty

Patrick McBriarty

Patrick McBriarty delights in explaining to people that he lives under a bridge in Chicago.  Known for presenting to engineers, architects, historians, and children he provides kids STEM/STEAM workshops, school visits, bridge tours, and book talks sharing his knowledge and experiences... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KI Convention Center—Auditorium 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Starting a Small Press
This presentation will be focused on the nuts and bolts of what goes into starting a small press. This will include an overview of Catherine's experience, some legal and financial information, the technical portions of publishing, working with authors, and marketing. There will also be time for Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning bisexual writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis. She is the author of Silver Moon and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and editor of the forthcoming pirate anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), as well... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5B 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Sheepshead Review Reading
Join Sheepshead Review, UW-Green Bay's journal of art & literature in a reading featuring Green Bay's student talent, as well as their annual Rising Phoenix contest. Pick up a copy of the journal and listen to the writers read their work at Copper State Brewing Company!

4:00pm

Dark Honesty Into Light, a Return to Innocence
Madame Beese performs her transformative spoken-word from book Dark Honesty Into Light, speaking to our common experiences and challenging limited thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Madame Renee Beese

Madame Renee Beese

Madame Renee Beese is a mother of 2, grandmother of 5. She entered law enforcement in her 20s and retiring at 30. She returned to school for natural health and massage for 11 years. One day she woke up with a vision of a book called You Are It. This started a book series by Gramma... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303

4:00pm

Book Marketing 101
Are you a writer who dreams of quitting their day job to write full time? To be successful, authors have to be their own business. Join Colleen Riordan in this workshop for writers to learn how to discover their readers, build a fanbase, effectively manage their author platform, and create a book marketing plan.

Speakers
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Colleen Riordan

Colleen Riordan is the founder of Wild Ink Marketing, where she teaches authors and illustrators how to use their creativity and passion to market their books. As a book marketing consultant, she coaches creatives on how to build their careers and sell more books through effective... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

The Tall Poppy Writers - How to make the most of your on-line writers/readers group
Who Are the Tall Poppies? 

Author Ann Garvin founded the Tall Poppy Writers to unite authors with readers. Smart funny friends who always know the right book for you to read next. They’re women writers in a variety of genres with all kinds of publishers, connecting with women readers all over the world.

The legend of the tall poppy dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. Roman King Tarquin was visited one day by a messenger sent by his son, Sextus. Sextus wanted advice from his father on how to rule. Tarquin went into his garden, took a stick, and swept it across the flowers, cutting off the heads of the tallest poppies. When the messenger reported what he had seen, Sextus realized that his father’s advice was to kill all of the brightest and most successful people in the realm.

The Poppies believe, however, if a tall poppy is left to grow, other poppies in the field will strive to rise above the crowd as well, all reaching for the ample sun. Here at Tall Poppy Writers, when we share our resources, and invite other authors to our party, our successes only multiply.

That, and we like flowers.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Garvin

Anne Garvin

Founder, The Tall Poppy Writers
Ann Garvin is the author of The Dog Year and On Maggie's Watch. She lives in Stoughton, WI, and is a professor of sports psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a MFA teacher in New Hampshire.In her own words:I exploded from the U.P. like a soft nerf gob from a straw... Read More →
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Susan Gloss

Tall Poppy Writers
Susan Gloss is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel Vintage (William Morrow/HarperCollins), and The Curiosities (coming in February 2019). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family... Read More →
avatar for Amy E. Reichert

Amy E. Reichert

Tall Poppy Writers
Amy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE, THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, and THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer... Read More →
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Erin Cellelo

Tall Poppy Writers
Erin Celello is the author of MIRACLE BEACH (Penguin/NAL 2011) and LEARNING TO STAY (Penguin/NAL 2013). She has an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University and is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Callie Bates reads from the Waking Land Trilogy
The Waking Land Trilogy: The Waking Land, The Memory of Fire, and The Soul of Fire (June, 2019)

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder—and must flee for her life.
Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition—powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.


Speakers
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Callie Bates

Callie Bates is the author of the fantasy novels The Waking Land, The Memory of Fire, and The Soul of Power(forthcoming). She is also a harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she's not reading and writing, she's traipsing through new places... Read More →


4:00pm

Stories From the Wreckage with John Odin Jensen
Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired By Shipwrecks

​​​​Every shipwreck has a story that extends far beyond its tragic end. The dramatic tales of disaster, heroism, and folly become even more compelling when viewed as junction points in history--connecting to stories about the frontier, the environment, immigration, politics, technology, and industry. In Stories from the Wreckage, John Odin Jensen examines a selection of Great Lakes shipwrecks of the wooden age for a deeper dive into this transformative chapter of maritime history. He mines the archaeological evidence and historic record to show how their tragic ends fit in with the larger narrative of Midwestern history. Featuring the underwater photography of maritime archaeologist Tamara Thomsen, this vibrant volume is a must-have for shipping enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in the power of water to shape history.

Speakers
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John Odin Jensen

Wisconsin Historical Society Press Author
Professional historian and maritime archaeologist, John Odin Jensen has participated in the investigations of more than fifty marine archaeological sites around Wisconsin and has written extensively on the Midwest's maritime history and archaeology.


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

4:00pm

Multi-Media Origins Stories: A Boys & Girls Club Showcase
In this presentation, talented youth film makers, graphic designers, Hip Hip performers, and dancers will showcase their original multi-media presentations that tell the origins stories of diverse members of the Green Bay community.

Speakers
avatar for James Gavins

James Gavins

James Gavins received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Scholarship recipient. He joined YAI in summer of 2015 as a First Wave Intern before launching his professional career as the Youth Video Arts Mentor... Read More →
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Craig Knitt

Craig Knitt has two decades of experience as a public K-12 art teacher. Knitt is also an independent filmmaker and the co-founder of the Wildwood Film Festival, a published artist, a stage performer, and a comedian. Since fall of 2014, Knitt has been in his current YAI teaching artist... Read More →
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Alex Zacarias

Alex Zacarias began his career nearly three decades ago producing Spanish language television programs for Telemundo in Chicago before moving to Northeast Wisconsin to produce news programming and educational content for Fox 11, WBAY-TV 2, and Wisconsin Public Television. This Emmy... Read More →
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Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay is a youth development organization that engages the community's young people in out-of-school-time enrichment activities. One of the Club's signature programs is the Youth Arts Initiative (YAI) which provides high-quality arts education... Read More →


7:00pm

Andrea Gibson, Performance Poet
Step into the Tarlton Theartre where you can kick back, order a drink and maybe a bite to eat while being transfixed by the rhythm and sound of Andrea's words.

This is a ticketed event. Two options are available for tickets:
*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat
or
* Free General Admission
Tickets are available here.

One of the most celebrated and successful poets of the last two decades, Andrea Gibson began their career in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Gibson leapt into the forefront of the national spoken word poetry scene when they won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. Gibson is the author of four previous books of poetry and has release seven spoken-word albums. The honesty of Gibson's work makes audiences and readers feel welcome as they are.

Speakers
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Andrea Gibson

Tickets available here.One of the most celebrated and successful poets of the last two decades, Andrea Gibson began their career in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Gibson leapt into the forefront of the national spoken word poetry scene when they won the first ever W... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303

7:00pm

CANCELLED: An Evening with Walter Mosley
We are so sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled. Mr. Mosley’s flights were delayed by weather, and he is not appearing at UntitledTown this evening. We hope to make other arrangements for a Mosley event ASAP this year, to honor ticket holders and celebrate his work. 

This is a ticketed event. Two options are available for tickets:
*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat
or
* Free General Admission
Please secure your tickets here.

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.

About John Woman

A convention-defying novel by bestselling writer Walter Mosley, John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor―while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows.
At twelve years old, Cornelius, the son of an Italian-American woman and an older black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father’s job at a silent film theater in New York’s East Village. Five years later, as Herman lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself―as Professor John Woman, a man who will spread Herman’s teachings into the classrooms of his unorthodox southwestern university and beyond. But there are other individuals who are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and who might know something about the facts of his hidden past.
Engaging with some of the most provocative ideas of recent intellectual history, John Woman is a compulsively readable, deliciously unexpected novel about the way we tell stories, and whether the stories we tell have the power to change the world.


Speakers
avatar for Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley

WE ARE SO SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Mr. Mosley’s planes were delayed and he is unable to come to UntitledTown. We are working on another event with him as soon as possible and will announce updates on our website and in our newsletter. More than 43... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA
 
Sunday, April 28
 

10:00am

How to Transport Readers into Your World
The goal of a writer is to 'hook' the reader and carry them away. Join Rhonda Strehlow, Ellyn Baker, Ruth Wellens, & Jean Baxter in an informal discussion regarding strong character voice development, starting/ending your chapters in the middle of the action, creating suspense, and more. Feel free to share a page of your writing.  

Speakers
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Rhonda Strehlow

Rhonda Strehlow writes contemporary romance and paranormal fiction. She is the author of Second Act, Separate Lives, One More Night and Crystal Moon. She is working on the fourth novel in the Honor Auction series and her first nonfiction book, Intentional Leadership. Rhonda is the... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Rise & Grind Break-Out Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Writing for Elementary Grade Writers with Christine Reynebeau
Young writers can join Christie Reynebeau, a published children's author, for this workshop on writing for elementary-grade writers.

Ages 6-11.

This FREE event requires REGISTRATION to guarantee a seat. 

Speakers
avatar for Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau lives in Wausau, WI where she works in youth development and serves on various community engagement teams. Beginning her publishing journey, Christine published her first two children's books through a publisher in 2014 and 2016, PB &J and Guts. In 2017, she started... Read More →


10:00am

Come to the Page as You Are: Wired
Many of the frustrations we experience on the creative journey is the result of a perceived set of practices that go against our intrinsic nature. But armed with the knowledge on how different minds work, we can transform our understanding of artistic reality. This presentation will explore how we all come to the page as we are...wired. 

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve Artel

Genevieve Artel

Genevieve Artel is a writer, Golden-Apple award educator, personality profiler, and creativity consultant. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership and has taught and coached students and professionals for over a decade. As a creative, she’s passionate about integrating... Read More →


10:00am

The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms
Join author J.P. Leary as he discusses the history and impact of Act 31, the 1989 state law known as Act 31 requires that all students in Wisconsin learn about the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes.

The Story of Act 31 tells the story of the law’s inception—tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin, and to the violent public outcry that followed the court’s decision. Author J. P. Leary paints a picture of controversy stemming from past policy decisions that denied generations of Wisconsin students the opportunity to learn about tribal history.



Speakers
avatar for J. P. Leary

J. P. Leary

Dr. J P Leary currently serves as an Associate Professor of First Nations Studies, History, and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he has taught since 2011. He is a graduate faculty member in Education and the doctoral program in First Nations Education. He... Read More →


10:00am

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
A short reading (with Q&A) on how seeing the Earth through a geologic lens can be a perceptual shift that can spring ourselves out of the polarized, antagonistic, segregated mindsets and habits in which we have trapped ourselves.   

Speakers
avatar for Marcia Bjornerud

Marcia Bjornerud

Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology at Lawrence University. Her research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain building, and she combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics. She has done research in high arctic Norway... Read More →


10:00am

The United ReSISTERs— Reading and Presentation
The United ReSISTERs elevates young, female, African, refugee voices and aims to provide opportunities for these young women to serve as cultural ambassadors in the Green Bay community.
In the process of documenting their individual stories via art, these young women have been creating space for themselves and given voice to their personal development.

Speakers
avatar for The United ReSISTERs

The United ReSISTERs

The United reSISTERs is a group of young Somali women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit Green Bay community, and overall a more peaceful world. This group was established in the Spring of 2017 by Diana Delbecchi, Assistant Director of the Gap Program at SNC and Courtney... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Sculpting Poetry
A favorite among poets at last year's conference, Sculpting Poetry looks at ways to enhance the visual impact of a poem on the page, which often results in a more energetic and interesting poem. Stanza shaping of various kinds will be discussed, and participants will experiment with re-shaping and poem or beginning a new one with shape in mind. We'll take a peak at the sonnet as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg's readings and workshops have been well-received at Untitled Town, and she adds a touch of wisdom based on forty years of highly successful publishing, several books through numerous presses, and hundreds of poems published in national journals and anthologies... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

10:00am

Writing for Retirees
Any writers nearing or already in retirement will hear from author Dan Linssen on the ins and outs of writing in retirement. 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Linssen

Dan Linssen

Dan Linssen has had the good fortune to enjoy a long and unusually diverse executive career, spanning Fortune 500 companies, privately held corporations, and non-profits. In between, he spent over eight years in management consulting, assisting over 100 different clients in manufacturing... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

10:00am

With/In With/Out Place: A Poetry Reading with Crystal S. Gibbins and Michelle Menting
The poetry collections by Crystal S. Gibbins and Michelle Menting explore and complicate the traditions of nature poetry. The poets will read from their books, and as editors of the place-based magazine Split Rock Review, offer what they look for in submissions of contemporary nature poetry during the Anthropocene.


Speakers
avatar for Crystal Gibbins

Crystal Gibbins

Crystal S. Gibbins is the founding editor of Split Rock Review, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, and author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), winner of the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and runner-up of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) and the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (2013) and Residence Time (2016). She is co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology and poetry and nonfiction editor of Split Rock Review. Her writing... Read More →


12:00pm

Birthday Party for Miranda Paul's NINE MONTHS!
Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born

Join a family of three who spend nine whole months waiting, from a frosty winter through a sun-dappled summer, until finally . . . a baby is here.

A soon-to-be big sister and her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby in the family. Alternating panels depict what the family is experiencing in tandem with how the baby is growing, spanning everything from receiving the news about the new baby to the excitement of its arrival. 

In this pregnancy book unlike any other one out there, watch what's actually happening through meticulously detailed, actual size illustrations, perfectly paired with a lyrical yet informative text, and culminating in a warm, joyful birth scene.  Complete with backmatter that includes an elaboration on pregnancy, a list of amazing things babies can do before they're born, and more, Miranda Paul and Caldecott Honor Artist Jason Chin deliver another spectacular nonfiction picture book.

Please help us welcome Nine Months by joining the launch of Miranda's 11th picture book!





Speakers
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Water Is Water, both Junior Library Guild selections. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at mirandapaul.com... Read More →



Sunday April 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rise & Grind Break-Out Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Writing Workshop for Middle Grade Writers
There's never a time too early to start writing! Middle-grade writers can join established author Terri Karsten in this workshop for young writers.

This FREE event requires
REGISTRATION to guarantee a seat.

Speakers
avatar for Terri Karsten

Terri Karsten

Terri Karsten has been a writer and educator all her life. After twenty-one years of teaching high school English, she now works as a writing coach and focuses on writing historical fiction. Her debut novel, A Mistake of Consequence (2015, B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree) takes readers... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Voices of Native American Authors
Join this panel of local Native American Authors discussing the craft of writing and securing our voices in the literary world. 

Speakers
avatar for Misty Cook

Misty Cook

Misty Cook (Davids),M.S. is the author of Medicine Generations: Natural Native American Medicines Traditional to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Tribe.
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Vicky Meawasige Reed

Vicky Meawasige Reed lives in Howard WI, where she finds inspiration in her family. She wrote her debut memoir, Path of the Turquoise Warrior, in honor of her father who passed in 2010 from cancer. She is currently working on a children's book and hopes to finish a work of fiction... Read More →
avatar for Larry Madden

Larry Madden

Born in Door County, Wisconsin, Madden heard tales from his mother about being Indian — more specifically, being a Stockbridge Indian and how they were the people of the water that was never still. Spending time watching Green Bay and Lake Michigan’s constant movement, he realized... Read More →
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Ryan Winn

Ryan Winn teaches Theater, Communication, and English courses at College of Menominee Nation, where he’s shepherded over a dozen original scripts from inception through production. He also serves as the director of Wisconsin’s New Native Theater Festival and was the editor of... Read More →


12:00pm

The Art of Editing
Whether you’re preparing for an agent or planning to indie publish, it’s crucial to edit your manuscript and make it the absolute best it can be. Learn how the pros manage this all-important step, and why it is oh so important to cut the fluff and kill your darlings. 

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo

Silvia Acevedo is a journalist and novelist. In her 20+ years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and guest hosted a television morning talk show. Silvia currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over... Read More →
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Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at... Read More →
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Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy is a YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She credits her writing inspiration to her high school English teacher who encouraged her to be more descriptive in her work. Sandy resides in southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sandygo... Read More →
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Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →
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Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a huge fan of Ireland travel and all things Irish. She’s the author of the award-winning, Celtic-mythology-inspired Circle of Nine series. She also writes middle-grade novels and nonfiction and is represented by The Purcell Agency.When she’s not writing, she’s... Read More →


12:00pm

Michael Moreci Presents Black Star Renegades
Join author Michael Moreci as he reads from Black Star Renegades, a "SyFy Wire—January Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Pick Up as Soon as Possible" and one of Chicago Review of Books' Best New Books of January. Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures—all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.

Speakers
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Michael Moreci

Michael Moreci is the creator of numerous original comics series and has written and collaborated on multiple established properties. His most recent original works, Roche Limit (Image Comics) and Burning Fields (BOOM! Studios), were both recognized by many publications as being among... Read More →


12:00pm

Workshop: Writing The Veteran's Experience
Right now, in the U.S., less than 1% of Americans have served in uniform during our most recent wars. This is the smallest proportion of our population ever. So, my fellow Veterans you have a most unique experience to share, and the fact that you are at this conference means you are at least thinking about writing what you know. I know that writing is a way of helping us cope or at least release some of the stress related to service. And, that certainly proved true for me. However, that is not why I write*. You need to discover the “why write” for yourself. Writing is hard work and challenging to mind, spirit and body. However, it is, in the end, worth the effort. 
 
In our discussion and exchange of ideas, we will create a roadmap to writing and publication that would allow veterans to use their unique experience as a feather to write fiction, nonfiction or poetry. While my nonfiction deals with law and criminal organizations, and my novel (“Weepers”) is mystery/suspense, my poetry has been the most cathartic. So, bring paper, a pen or pencil, or laptop…whatever you use for writing, and an open and eager mind. Also, if you have written something, even if it is a rough first page, bring it with you. If you have not written anything yet bring your ideas (poetry, fiction, memoir, song, anything). We will write, discuss, read in an atmosphere that is safe and embracing. We will unriddle “show don’t tell” “info dump” “passive voice” “filler vs filter words” stuff like that. And you will leave knowing more about writing and what you want to write than when you arrived. 
 
* Why do I write? And this is just me (and likely more information than you want). I write because I want to prove to the world that I can. Because I want to heal past creative wounds… and show the world that I’m worthy – thanks for the fifty-minutes.

Speakers
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Nick Chiarkas

Nick Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When he was in the fourth grade his mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation... Read More →


  • 3-7 18+

12:00pm

Creating a Vision Board: A Workshop
We're often asked to have a vision for our work, but what is our vision for ourselves? Connect with author Melissa Gorzelanczyk in a workshop that will help you explore your unique story by creating a vision board.

Speakers
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Melissa Gorzelanczyk

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a writer who loves owls, coffee, lavender, waves, yoga and the moon. She is pursuing an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her young adult novel Arrows is out now from Delacorte Press. She works as a communications specialist for O’Connor... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

12:00pm

Crafting Personal Essays & Memoir
Some stories—whether about our pasts, our dreams, or our neighbors—need telling. Join Joanne Nelson to learn about writing memoirs and personal essays that explore and discover. Participants will write, learn, and laugh in this hands-on workshop filled with specifics on how to create compelling nonfiction.


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Joanne Nelson

Joanne Nelson’s writing appears in anthologies and literary journals such as the museum of Americana, Midwestern Gothic, and Redivider. She is the 2017 winner of The Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize in nonfiction. In addition, Nelson gives presentations on topics related to writing... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

12:00pm

The First 5 Pages: Screenwriting Workshop
The first 5 pages of any script are the most important. If a story or characters aren’t jumping off the page, a producer will stop reading. This workshop will demonstrate what effect opening pages have in common and how you might take these concepts and apply them to your own scripts.


Speakers
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Kat Abbott

Kat worked in the entertainment industry for 5+ years on everything from Emmy-winning TV shows to independent feature films to commercials (including one starring Kermit and Miss Piggy!). She's done almost every crew position on a film set, including script supervisor, first assistant... Read More →


2:00pm

Using Psychology to Create Authentic Characters
Even the most experienced authors struggle with crafting unique, believable characters and voice. Join YA author Sarah J. Carlson in this craft talk, where authors will learn to create characters who feel like real people by applying basic psychological principles, including connecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and using characters’ past experiences and worldview to create genuine character motivations and reactions to events. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah J. Carlson

Sarah J. Carlson

Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary Young Adult Fiction that delves into complex, real world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist who works primarily with a diverse, mostly low income population. Her professional focus is around supporting the success of children... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Brown County Library Central Branch —Board Room (Second Floor) 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI, USA

2:00pm

Writer's Block: How to Move Beyond it
Writer's block: everyone experiences it, from the aspiring writer to published author. Join this panel of writers for a craft talk on the ins and outs of getting through writer's block. 

Speakers
avatar for Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra is a lecturer at UW-Green Bay where she teaches creative writing and English composition. As a recovering procrastinator, she’s certain that the process of writing is a great philosophy for most difficult tasks in work and life. Tara’s writing has appeared in such places... Read More →
avatar for Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau lives in Wausau, WI where she works in youth development and serves on various community engagement teams. Beginning her publishing journey, Christine published her first two children's books through a publisher in 2014 and 2016, PB &J and Guts. In 2017, she started... Read More →
avatar for Christi Craig

Christi Craig

Christi Craig lives in Wisconsin, working by day as a sign language interpreter and moonlighting as a writer, teacher, and editor. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Drum, Hippocampus Magazine, Streetlight Magazine, COMPOSE Literary Journal, and more. She also received an... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Rise & Grind Conference Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Writing Romance in the 21st Century
Romance writing can be a tricky enough subject to conquer, let alone having to adapt to the changing market. Join this talented group of writers to learn all about romance writing in the 21st century. 

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy is a YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She credits her writing inspiration to her high school English teacher who encouraged her to be more descriptive in her work. Sandy resides in southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sandygo... Read More →
avatar for Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →
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Kira Shayde

As a paranormal romance author, Kira Shayde explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can't help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing relationship, passion, and happily ever after.  Kira also writes young adult fantasy... Read More →
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Valerie Clarizio

Valerie Clarizio is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and extremely spoiled cat. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers... Read More →


2:00pm

Researching Artifacts of the Early Green Bay Fire Department
Researching local history reveals fascinating stories about physical objects (artifacts). Unlike buildings and streets, artifacts generally remain unaltered and provide a physical connection to the past.

This presentation will describe the stories behind the research into artifacts of the early Green Bay Fire Department---an inherently intriguing experience.
 

Speakers
avatar for David Siegel

David Siegel

David Siegel has been with the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Metro Fire Department since 1997. He is a lieutenant at Station 5 on East Mason Street, a paramedic, and the science officer for the hazardous materials team. Previously, he worked as a biochemist after earning BS and MS degrees... Read More →


2:00pm

A Reading with Wendy Webb
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Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb Two books set Wendy on the path of her life—Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Through those two books, she realized her love of storytelling, and knew, by the time she was about 11 years old, that she wanted to be a novelist... Read More →


2:00pm

Images and Texts: A Workshop in Printmaking
Style will share her work and processes using actual and digital examples in her talk.  The design process — what comes first the text or the image?  She will bring woodcut blocks and the prints from them as well as examples of polymer letterpress using text and image.  Workshop participants will create two works: one will be about writing text inspired by a randomly selected artwork and the other will be to create an image/design inspired from randomly selected text.  Style will share with participants methods to think about and use as they search for their creative solutions. 

Speakers
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Christine Style

Christine Style is an artist/printmaker and recently retired professor of art at UW-Green Bay. She is interested in visual storytelling narratives using primarily the relief printmaking process, which includes woodcuts and letterpress.  Most recently she participated in Really Big... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rise & Grind Break-Out Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Youth Writing Workshop with Wisconsin Poet Laureate Peggy Rozga
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Peggy Rozga offers a writing workshop for young poets.

This FREE event requires REGISTRATION to guarantee a seat. 

Ages 8 and up

Speakers
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Peggy Rozga

Wisconsin Poet Laureate
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga creates poetry from her ongoing concern for social justice issues. She was a participant in Milwaukee’s marches for fair housing and later married civil rights leader, Father James Groppi.Her book, Two Hundred Nights and One Day (Benu Press... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA

2:00pm

Rebecca Makkai reads from The Great Believers
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*Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat
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* Free General Admission
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A NOVEL OF FRIENDSHIP AND REDEMPTION IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY.
In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for a Chicago art gallery, is about to pull off a coup, bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona’s intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of 80’s and the chaos of the modern world, as both struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

PRAISE FOR THE GREAT BELIEVERS“Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers is a page turner… among the first novels to chronicle the AIDS epidemic from its initial outbreak to the present—among the first to convey the terrors and tragedies of the epidemic’s early years as well as its course and repercussions…An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.”—Michael Cunningham in The New York Times Book Review

“Makkai knits themes of loss, betrayal, friendship and survival into a powerful story of people struggling to keep their humanity in dire circumstances.”—People Magazine

“Cultural revolutions of the past painfully reverberate in Rebecca Makkai’s deft third novel, The Great Believers, which captures both the devastation of the AIDS crisis in 1980s Chicago and the emotional aftershocks of those losses.”—Vogue
“Busily Dickensian, her prose a relentless engine mowing back and forth across decades… missing no chance to remind us what’s at stake… Warmly dimmensional… Compulsively readable.”—The San Francisco Chronicle

“Symphonic… The Great Believers soars… magnificent… Makkai has full command of her multi-generational perspective, and by its end, The Great Believers offers a grand fusion of the past and the present, the public and the personal. It’s remarkably alive despite all the loss it encompasses. And it’s right on target in addressing how the things that the world throws us feel gratuitously out of step with the lives we think we’re leading.”The Chicago Tribune

“Deeply moving…Makkai does an excellent job of capturing the jaded, ironic and affectionately jibing small talk of a group of cultured gay friends in the Reagan era…[Captures] a group of friends in a particular time and place with humor and compassion. Conversations among her gay male characters feel very real — not too flamboyant, not too serious, always morbidly witty. It’s hard not to get drawn into this circle of promising young men as they face their brutally premature extinction.”—Newsday
“Two distinct narratives intertwine ingeniously…The stories meet up to heartbreaking effect.”—New York Magazine

“A poignant, historical journey through a virus’s outbreak and legacy.”—Conde Nast Traveler
“This book will be compared to similar mammoth works of fiction, but Makkai differs in that she seems to care about her characters and her readers… each character – main or secondary – is fully developed, and it is hard not to care for them. The pain and prejudice they suffer becomes personal as their lives are carefully told… A forceful work of fiction that will captivate readers.”—Baltimore Outloud

“Rebecca Makkai’s beautiful (literally—look at that cover!) novel takes us to an art gallery in Chicago at the height of the AIDS crisis. From Chicago to Paris, THE GREAT BELIEVERS is a sweeping story of multi-generational trauma and the solitude that the AIDS epidemic created, as an entire generation was decimated by the virus.”—Fodor’s Travel

“Makkai is very good at conjuring a gay community enacting the usual dramas of love and lust and ambition and jealousy in a world where all the usual dramas suddenly can carry a fatal charge.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A striking, emotional journey… Makkai creates a powerful, unforgettable meditation, not on death, but rather on the power and gift of life. This novel will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Speakers
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Rebecca Makkai

Tickets are required for this event. Please get your tickets here.Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great BelieversThe Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is the Artistic... Read More →