Write Now! Series

Whether you're an aspiring writer or accomplished author, Write Now! experts can help you fire up your creativity and guide you toward your writing goals.

  • All classes are 1.5 hours and are free. Registration is not required.
  • Bring your writing supplies and devices.
  • Wi-Fi is available.

The Prose and Poetry of Twitter and Other Social Media
Wed., March 20
6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Poems that fit within Twitter’s 288-character constraints are a new genre of poetry. In this session, we'll create Twitter poems and post them. You don’t need a Twitter account to participate. Jazz up your Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram with a micro-poem combined with a picture.
Presenter: Thomas Cannon, fiction writer, poet and co-host of Author Showcase on Oshkosh's CATV2 and YouTube. Cannon's story about his son is the lead story in the anthology Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism. He has published both poems and short stories. His self-published book is The Tao of Apathy.

One-Line Writing Prompts
Thurs., March 21 and Mon., April 8
1 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Need some inspiration? Participants can choose any form they want: poetry, prose or memoir but all must use the same prompt. There's no critiquing; only encouragement.
Presenter: Writer Sharrie Robinson

Writing a Grandparent Memoir
Sat., March 23
9 a.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Deb Martin shares her experience writing a grandparent memoir and guides you through exercises to get you on your way to your own cherished memoir.
Presenter: Deb Martin has been journaling for decades and is the author of Daycare Advice from Haley. She works as a private consultant in Oshkosh.

Tactics for Horror Writing
Sat., March 30
10 a.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
How to write scary, suspenseful and tense scenes through sentence structure, dark images and character perspectives in dark fantasy and horror fiction.
Presenter: Chris Welch is a freelance newspaper and radio reporter and an English instructor at Madison College’s Eastern Region campuses, where he’s taught courses on academic and business writing, British literature, and science-fiction and horror literature. His works have appeared in various small press and professional publications.

Journaling Means Writing (Almost) Every Day
Thurs., April 4
1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Writing every day is a good way to get in the habit and improve your skills. Learn how to self-edit, sharpen your writing and decide what to do with your purposeful prose.
Presenter: Lynn Kuhns, a Wisconsin-based freelancer, has more than four decades of experience as a professional writer and creative-writing instructor spread over a whopping variety of venues and topics. She’s served as a journalist, staff writer, copywriter, editor, essayist and corporate communicator, with articles in the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, Silent Sports, Fox Cities Magazine, Bamboo Ridge literary magazine, Wolf River Country and other publications. Lynn is completing an insightful and sometimes spicy contemporary novel set in rural Wisconsin and working on a series of children’s books showcasing the amazing lake sturgeon.

Stand Up Comedy and Public Speaking Punch Up
Sat., April 6
2:30 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Try out your material in a supportive environment. Use encouraging feedback to turn your work into a fully formed piece.
Presenter: Eric J. Egan is a stand- up comic, improv performer and board member of the Time Community Theater who can be seen all around the Fox Valley. He performs at the Backlot Comedy House in the improv shows and hosts their open mics Fridays at 10:30 PM. The first Tuesday of every month he presents Wisconsin's official comedy news show, The Wisco Show, at the Copperstill Bourbon Bar. Most importantly, Eric J. Egan is a proud cat dad of two who loves people reading bios about him.

Anatomy of Humor
Thurs., April 11
6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Examine how to write humor and satire by identifying the funny components of each and by manipulating word usage, delivery and reader expectations in fiction.
Presenter: Chris Welch is a freelance newspaper and radio reporter and an English instructor at Madison College’s Eastern Region campuses, where he’s taught courses on academic and business writing, British literature, and science-fiction and horror literature. His works have appeared in various small press and professional publications.

Setting: It's not just background noise
Mon., April 15
1 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Take a deep dive into your work’s setting.
Presenter: Karl Stewart is the author of The Legend of See Bird: The Last Long Drive. Its sequel Devil's Backbone, received an Honorable Mention award at the 2015 Southern California Book Festival. His third novel, The Seventh Cruise, is the story of a young WWII sailor dealing with the growing burden of post-traumatic stress disorder and won an Honorable Mention at the 2017 London Book Festival. Up Harvey’s Creek, a boy’s memoir earned an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Great Southeast Book Festival.

Healing Through Storytelling
Mon., Apr. 15
6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
How do you write about subjects too painful to talk about or too personal to publicize? And how do you do it in a manner that’s both entertaining and informative? Learn how to carve a written path through the pain.
Presenter: Karl Stewart is the author of The Legend of See Bird: The Last Long Drive. Its sequel Devil's Backbone, received an Honorable Mention award at the 2015 Southern California Book Festival. His third novel, The Seventh Cruise, is the story of a young WWII sailor dealing with the growing burden of post-traumatic stress disorder and won an Honorable Mention at the 2017 London Book Festival. Up Harvey’s Creek, a boy’s memoir earned an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Great Southeast Book Festival.

You Can Live Your Write Life
Thurs., Apr. 18
1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room B
Habits, tools, techniques, knowledge, connections and lifestyle habits that can make your life’s work more joyfully and productively for you - as a real writer.
Presenter: Lynn Kuhns, a Wisconsin-based freelancer, has more than four decades of experience as a professional writer and creative-writing instructor spread over a whopping variety of venues and topics. She’s served as a journalist, staff writer, copywriter, editor, essayist and corporate communicator, with articles in the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, Silent Sports, Fox Cities Magazine, Bamboo Ridge literary magazine, Wolf River Country and other publications. Lynn is completing an insightful and sometimes spicy contemporary novel set in rural Wisconsin and working on a series of children’s books showcasing the amazing lake sturgeon.

First Lines
Wed., April 24
6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
This workshop looks at some classic first lines and what makes them work. Then we move into a workshop on how to write your first line. This session is for both fiction and non-fiction.
Presenter: Carmen Leal is an Oshkosh resident and the author of ten published non-fiction books including Faces of Huntington’s, You Can Market Your Book, and The Twenty-third Psalm for Caregivers. Carmen’s writings have been featured in Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Decision Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, and numerous national and local publications. Her personal experience stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul collections and dozens of compilation book series. A storyteller with a dramatic testimony, she is a popular presenter at women's retreats, church groups, conventions and writers’ conferences on a wide variety of inspiring and relevant topics. Her wit, humor, and poignant personal observations, coupled with her down-to-earth style and common sense approach to dealing with life, inspire her audiences. Through her transparency, she has the ability to encourage and bring hope to all.

Blackout Poetry
Mon., April 29
6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Blackout Poetry is quickly gaining popularity as a new art form. During this session, you'll experience the creative process of making blackout poetry using text from a newspaper or magazine and a black marker. Most of the words will be blacked out to form an original poem. You can see fresh examples of blackout poetry on Instragram, Snapchat or in poet Austin Kleon's book Newspaper Blackout, available as an eBook on Overdrive.
Presenter: Literacy Teacher & ArtsCore Site Coordinator Angela Larsen

Roadmapping Your Novel in 90 Minutes
Thurs., May 2
6 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
Create a roadmap for your next novel in 90 minutes. Leave the workship with a clear idea of your novel's start, middle and climax as well as its beats and subplots.
Presenter: Dixie Jarchow (writes as Daisy Jerico). Dixie wrote The Love thief and Sparks Fly, Mixed up Christmas and the Christmas list. She co-hosts Author Showcase on Oshkosh's CATV2 and YouTube.

After Hours Open Mic Night - Under the Dome (Enter through the Washington Avenue doors)
Fri., May 10
7 p.m.         
It's your turn to take the stage. During Open Mic Night, you'll have five minutes to read your work in front of an audience. Join other writers for a fun night of listening and sharing. Refreshments provided.

Need additional inspiration? Register for the Lakefly Writers Conference, May 10-22 right here in Oshkosh!