SCHEDULE for 2015-2016
 We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Season Kickoff

Cynthia Ruchti - "Writing Acoustically"

What does it mean for writers to know that readers' minds and souls can hear what we write, that an internal sound and rhythm pattern plays within them as they read our novels and nonfiction? Writing acoustically includes writing for the ear; writing words, sentences, and scenes that reverberate; staying alert for opportunities to make the internal sound swell or recede; writing small things that can be heard from far distances because of the acoustic structure we've created; and other elements that enhance the musicality of our story or article. Reverberate, resonate, reach.

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction, devotions, and through speaking events for women and writers. Her books have been recognized by many leading industry awards including Christian Retailing's BEST awards, Selah Awards, Golden Scroll Awards, and other honors. It's her prayer that readers who finish one of her books or attendees at one of her speaking events will gain new confidence to say, "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in hope." She and her husband of forty-three years live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

OCTOBER 13, 2015

Monica Holtz - "Tools and Tricks to Make Writing Easier"

Author and editor Monica Holtz will show us how a few simple ideas and a bit of technology can help us write more efficiently and effectively. Always up to date with the lastest in writer's resources, Monica will share her expertise with us. Want to learn what's new in websites and blogs? Which books and devices will meet our needs? Discover tricks and shortcuts to make writing easier. Monica has something new for all of us, no matter what type of writing we do.

Monica Holtz has been a professional writer for more than 40 years. She worked as a full-time journalist at several daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin before starting a book publishing business in 2005. She owns Holtz Creative Enterprises in Eau Claire and currently works as a book consultant, offering advice on book publishing, editing, layout, design, printing, and online services. Monica is also the author of Emily at the Zoo, Behind the Zoo, and The Christmas Village, three story and picture books about Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls.

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Pastor Dan Stanley - "What the Bible Teaches about Being a Writer"

Dan was raised in a Christian home and graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980.  He and his wife have ten children, all home-schooled/tutored.  He has been involved in two church plantings and is presently pastor of the Eau Claire Gospel Center.  He joined with two friends and launched The US Journal to provide trustworthy news, give good examples and to be salt and light in the world.

Writers write for many varied reasons, but when the writer is a Christian, do the reasons change? What kind of guidance does the Bible give a Christian writer? Join us to discover what Scripture tells us about being a writer.

 December 8, 2015

Christmas Guild Party

Join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship as we celebrate together. We will be sharing our holiday stories and the writing tips that we used to polish these experiences. Members will exchange gifts - a wrapped, gently used book that they want to share with a fellow writer. Lots of laughter; plenty of chatter.

 JANUARY 12, 2016

Nathan Anderson - "Using the Power of Story in Writing Non-Fiction"

Nathan J. Anderson is a chaplain, author, speaker, husband of one, father of four, musician, thinker, cancer survivor, adjunct professor, and bad cook (ever tried homemade leftover meat- loaf pizza?). He graduated from Bethel Seminary, and is part of the church in the Chippewa Valley in Wisconsin. You can visit his blog at and join the conversation. 

FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Panel discussion

This “Share Ideas & Get Advice” meeting is your opportunity to learn about and participate in a discussion about a writer’s life with its passions and problems. Board members will field questions and offer thoughts and suggestions; Guild members will contribute from their experiences on this writing/publishing journey. Join us for this interactive meeting that will inspire and encourage.


MARCH 8, 2016

Chuck Rupnow - "Fearlessness"

God has not called us to a spirit of fear – but as writers we face those demons. Speaking on fearlessness, Chuck Rupnow will explain how fearlessness has helped him in his personal and professional endeavors. Fearlessness – that necessary quality for a reporter/writer to be effective in conducting interviews, both in preparation and execution. Likewise, in the Christian life with the sword of truth and example of Jesus, we are to be fearless. Leave your insecurities (fear) at home and come hear what this award-winning reporter has for us.

Chuck Rupnow moved to Eau Claire in 1976 when he took a job as a reporter for the Leader-Telegram, serving as assistant sports editor from 1976-82 and assistant regional editor from 1982-present. He has a master’s degree in Mass Communications, writes features, and covers a wide range of topics in west-central Wisconsin counties. Rupnow serves on the board of a local non-profit, has served many years on other community service groups, and has officiated five sports for more than 30 years, but writing a book has become one of his latest endeavors.

APRIL 12, 2016

Toastmaster Special

Chippewa Valley Toastmasters will treat the Writers’ Guild with a sampling of their meetings. Learn how to stick to the point while improving your delivery and demeanor before an audience or in an elevator. Watch these speakers challenge themselves as they check their grammar and charm their colleagues. Forget about being tongue-tied and try the table topics or sit back and be entertained. Toastmasters has something for everyone whether you conduct meetings, interview for employment, or chat at parties. 

 MAY 10, 2016

Writers Showcase

Our May Showcase is our Second Writers’ Recital where we are the entertainment for the evening, as members share their work with us. Invite your family to join us for readings and refreshments. Browse through the books for sale or check out the articles that members display. This is the time for fun and encouragement, and your opportunity to shine for 3 to 4 minutes. 

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!