SCHEDULE for 2014-2015
 We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Season Kickoff

Mary Pierce
Guild founder, Mary Pierce, joins us with a message to jump-start the season. Otherwise known as the “Laugh Lady,” Mary will kick off the 2014-15 guild season with a message to inspire and motivate writers to take the steps needed to achieve their writing goals. 

Mary Pierce has brought laughter and encouragement to readers and audiences since 1996. Since completing graduate school last year in a most non-traditional fashion, she's discovered it's never too late to start becoming who you were meant to be.

OCTOBER 14, 2014

Susan Brill - "Great Beginnings: Lead Sentences and Opening paragraphs"

Susan Brill is a writer and editor with 17 years of experience in communications for non-profits. She offers Web consulting; book editing; and communication services including writing press releases, newsletters, and brochures. She offers writing and editing services through The Winsome Word.

With a degree in journalism, she is part-time director of communications for the Mission America Coalition, a gathering of evangelistic ministries, cityreachers, and individuals with a passion for evangelism. She has a heart for missions and those struggling with their faith. She served with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) from 1998 - 2005 as the Internet managing editor, pioneering the ministry's web presence - producing more than 30 websites for its various divisions, webcasting, and developing online evangelism. Other ministry adventures include the role of donor communication manager for Compassion International, telling the stories of Compassion's work with children in impoverished areas of the world, and assistant editor for the Evangelical Free Church of America magazines, editing articles and writing countless personality profiles of Christians in the marketplace.

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Critiquing and Editing Workshop

We're kicking off a brand new feature at WWCWG. We want our members to be all they can be. What do our published authors have in common? Nearly all of them have participated in some sort of feedback, or critique group. 

In this practical workshop, we'll show the benefits of critique, and also get participants working to put critique into practice with small group exercises. Learn how critique can benefit you, and learn how you can become a great source for feedback for your fellow writers. 

In this session, we'll also get going on some brainstorming for what members can begin working on for the May showcase, another great new guild feature!

 December 9, 2014

Christmas Gathering

Watch for details to come.

 JANUARY 13, 2015

Writer Panel - Inspiration for Your Writing Journey

This is your chance to learn about the writing life, get advice from others who share your writing passion, and participate in active discussion that will help you on your writing journey.

In a brand new feature, our WWCWG board members will inspire with practical advice, insights from the publishing industry, and much more. Have something you'd like to see the panel address? Use the contact link to send us your topic ahead of time. 

FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Holly Hermann - "Who is Holly Hermann, and Who Cares?"

What makes someone care enough to read what we have written? How can we connect with our audience and have the confidence that we have something to say?

Holly Hermann, a WWCWG board member and an essay winner for the Cecil Murphey Scholarship for the 2014 Write To Publish Conference,  will be sharing her personal struggles and victories pursuing her goal to become a published writer.  She believes that if you want to accomplish something, tell someone your goal – and they will keep asking and asking and asking until you’ve done it.  This is true motivation to her. 


MARCH 10, 2015

Sarah Stokes - "Personal Profiles with Pizzazz"

A personal profile article tells the story of someone you've interviewed, but how can you engage the reader with something that's more than a biography of your subject? Learn how story brings life to an article. 

Sarah Stokes is a former television news anchor in the Chippewa Valley and the current owner/editor/publisher of Queen of the Castle Magazine, where she writes many personal profile pieces. She and her husband Chris Herzog own Stokes+HERZOG Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing as well. She has a degree in Journalism from Drake University.

APRIL 14, 2015

Workshop: Preparing for Publication

This practical workshop will help members polish a piece for the May Showcase event, but also explore publishing options. Guild president and freelance writer, Michelle Rayburn, will teach this hands-on workshop about taking the steps needed to find a publisher and getting a manuscript ready to send off.

Small group discussion and brainstorming will take this session beyond a lecture to a practical workshop that helps participants get a piece ready to submit.

 MAY 12, 2015

New Event - Member Showcase

In our first-ever member showcase, each member will read aloud a short piece, or an excerpt of a piece he or she has written during the season.

Family and friends are welcome to attend this special opportunity for members to let their creativity shine. We'll make the night special with treats, and a little fancier format than our usual fare.

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!