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Friday, April 26
 

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

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 →


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 →
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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 →


 
Saturday, April 27
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 →
avatar for Casey Thayer

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.
avatar for Issa M. Lewis

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 →
avatar for Connor Yeck

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.
avatar for M. Bartley Seigel

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 →
avatar for Phillip Sterling

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 →
avatar for Milton Bates

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.
avatar for Rachel Morgan

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 →
avatar for Janna Knittel

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 →
avatar for Emily Stoddard

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
avatar for Denise Low

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
avatar for Kathie Giorgio

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
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 →
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 Kelly Risser

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 →
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 →


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
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. 


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

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

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.


Speakers
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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.

Speakers
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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
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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

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

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
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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 →
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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 →


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
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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 →
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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

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 →
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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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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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.
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 →
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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

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.


Speakers
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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

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
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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 →
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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 →
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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

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