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Friday, April 26
 

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
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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

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

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

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

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
avatar for Craig Knitt

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 →
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 →
avatar for Christine Style

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 →
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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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

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 →
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 →
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 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
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 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 →
avatar for Nick Chiarkas

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 →
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 →
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 →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KI Convention Center—Breakout Room 5A 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
avatar for Rhonda Strehlow

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

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