SCHEDULE FOR 2016-2017
 We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Season Kickoff

Jeff McRaven

We all procrastinate.  Every one of us.  Even the most driven, focused, and professional individual will put certain things off.  But why?  Recently, Oregon State University published an analysis of six of the most common reasons why people procrastinate.  Jeff McRaven will go over those reasons and offer strategies for dealing with those issues.

The utterly delightful Jeff McRaven has been giving classes, speeches, and workshops for 35 years.  He mainly focuses on talking about technology.  He learned early on to make his presentations lively or he’d be the only one awake at the end of the presentation. This ruggedly handsome man enjoys two hobbies:  giving presentations on obscure American history and writing his own bios.

OK, the real bio:
Jeff McRaven is a world-class procrastinator.  He became interested in the topic when his own procrastination became a problem.  He researched it and developed several techniques for staying focused.  He works in tech support and computer programming where focus is vital.  He has presented various topics for 35 years, usually in the field of educational seminars on technical subjects.

OCTOBER 11, 2016

Renee Liming

Legacy Writing – The most important writing that you’ll ever do is writing your own life story, your legacyLearn more about preserving your values and the stories that you want to pass down to future generations as Renee shares her mission of helping individuals create documents that illustrate the wisdom gained through a lifetime of purposeful living. Everyone has a story, and Renee will guide us through the process of leaving written documentation of our lives, values, friendships and faith.

Renee’s journey in legacy writing began in 2006 when she attended a scrapbooking convention in the Twin Cities. Rachael Freed, author of Your Legacy Matters talked about ethical spiritual wills. Renee found her passion, helping others get their life stories recorded, and in 2014, she founded Lessons for Tomorrow. Renee has been published in Queen of the Castle and the Eau Claire Journal. She has been a speaker at Senior Americans Day, Women of the Valley, Polka Dot Powerhouse, and the Eau Claire Catholic Women’s Club.

Renee & her husband, Darell, have three daughters. They are her ‘why’, her reason for sharing her stories, values, recipes, wisdom, and lessons learned. She can tell them stories, but they may forget. If they are written, she will be remembered, not forgotten for generations to come. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from the University of WI – LaCrosse. She works full time as an office manager for Biesterveld & Spies, LLC, an accounting firm where she provides exceptional customer service. Renee loves people, connections, and building relationships. She is active and last summer she competed in two sprint triathlons. 

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Telling Stories like Jesus

Jesus was the greatest storyteller of all time. His stories and parables influenced millions of lives for centuries as He used them to communicate eternal truths about His Father and His Kingdom. Julie Court will present insights she gained while studying Jesus' style of storytelling, which can be used to improve our writing and increase the impact of our message.

1 Peter: 4:10-11 NLT God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.

Though her most important accomplishment in life has been as a stay-at-home mother, Julie Court has used her gift with words to write many training materials, lesson plans, Bible Studies, sermons, the Incredible Life Makeover book and workshop, and magazine articles on wellness. Julie speaks and teaches on a variety of subjects: writing, leadership, communication, family life, intimacy, healing, believer's authority, spiritual warfare, personal transformation, and freedom ministries.

Julie’s intimate connection to God, even amidst painful life experiences, inspires others to pursue face-to-face encounters with the King of Kings. She seeks the ways, purposes, and mysteries of her Father and shares them to equip the body of Christ. She currently works at Hope Gospel Mission in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, pastors the Freedom community, and speaks at conferences, retreats, and events through her non-profit ministry, New Life for Today.

DECEMBER 13, 2016

Guild Christmas Party

Writers like to party too, and Christmas is our time to celebrate the birth of our Lord. Join us for fun in sharing our writing and exchanging our wrapped, gently used books with a fellow writer. Door prizes, yummy food, and fellowship for all.

 JANUARY 10, 2017

Michelle Rayburn

Marketing from Proposal to Publication. Too often, writers wait until after a book is published to think about a marketing strategy. From the moment your book becomes a concept, marketing must be part of the process. Without it, you have no way of reaching your audience. In this presentation, we will examine the process of surveying the market, assess how to get your audience to want your book, and strategize about cost-effective ways to capture sales. You’ll learn how to maximize free marketing opportunities and receive helpful insights into the ever-changing market. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Michelle Rayburn is the author of The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure. She has been a freelance writer and professional speaker for more than 15 years and has published hundreds of articles. She is an account manager for Stokes+HERZOG, a marketing, P.R. and advertising firm in Eau Claire.

FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Panel Discussion:

This “Share Ideas & Get Advice” meeting is your opportunity to learn about the writing life, get advice from others on their writing journey, and participate in active discussion. Share the passions and problems that are unique to writers and other artists. Board members will field questions and offer thoughts, suggestions, publishing insights, and practical advice. Guild members will contribute from their own experiences in this writing/publishing venture. Join us for a fun interactive meeting that will inspire and encourage.

MARCH 14, 2017

Barstow & Grand 

Thanks to a crew of local writers Barstow & Grand will soon be more than an intersection. The Eau Claire area will have its own regional literary journal, named after that busy hub in the city. Several local writers and editors have undertaken this new endeavor with a goal of supporting and professionalizing the writers of the Chippewa Valley. Come learn more about this project, your opportunities, and other publishing outlets.

Eric Rasmussen moved to Eau Claire before fourth grade, and he hasn't left since. He attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, then got a job as an English teacher at Memorial High School. He even bought the house he grew up in from his parents. He is pursuing an MFA from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and his work has appeared in various publications, including Sundog Lit, Pithead Chapel, Chariton Review, Mulberry Fork Review, and extensively in Volume One. He is also assistant fiction editor for The Indianola Review.

APRIL 11, 2017

Mary Pierce

Ready, Set, Write! What's holding you back? What gets in the way of your writing goals? Join Mary in exploring the common pitfalls that prevent us from finishing -- or sometimes starting  -- our writing projects. Come away with fresh ideas for getting "unstuck" in the writing process.

Author, speaker, humorist Mary Pierce is a psychotherapist with Marriage & Family Health Services, Ltd. in Eau Claire. Her three books of inspirational humor are
When Did I Stop Being Barbie & Become Mrs. Potato Head?; Confessions of a Prayer Wimp; and When Did My Life Become a Game of Twister?, all from HarperCollins/Zondervan. She has been a humor columnist for Focus on the Family's LifeWise Magazine and other publications and has several writing projects in the works.

 MAY 9, 2017

Member Showcase   

Please note: While we make every effort to adhere to this schedule, there are times when TOPICS or SPEAKERS MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. And, since we meet in Wisconsin, there are times when weather causes us to cancel altogether. If we must cancel, we'll notify WWIB and WHEM radio in the Chippewa Valley by noon on meeting day. Thanks for your understanding!