SCHEDULE for 2018-2019
 We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

Season Kickoff

Dan Kohn

Pastor Dan Kohn returns with his passion for writing. He has written daily devotions for many years and currently writes a daily devotion for Wisconsin Christian News, entitled “Story Line – God’s & Ours.” Pastor Dan will speak on the logistics of devotion writing, describing how a writer goes from information to inspiration through one-minute devotions.

Dan Kohn is a husband, father, pastor, and writer – in that order. His writing “career” includes five published books and devotional writing for five years. As a pastor, he develops weekly Bible studies er his goal is inspiration and application of the Word.

OCTOBER 9, 2018

Sandia Kosmo

Awarding-winning children’s author Sandia Kosmo will present her book Wakanda Whooper: The Curious Cinnamon Crane. This delightful book has received the Gold Medal Award for environmental issues and a First Place for historical fiction from Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. It takes place in Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and is the story of a whooping crane. Sandia will share her writing process with the group.

Sandia Kosmo is a writer whose passion for prose and poetry has taken her many directions. She is an environmentalist who has served as a journalist, high school and college teacher, PR specialist, college administrator, and ordained pastor. After several years in New Mexico, Kosmo retired and returned to Wisconsin, but every winter, just like the whooping cranes, she migrates south. 

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

Bill Callaghan

Raised with Praise was to be a tribute to Bill Callaghan’s parents but became much more. With his humor and inspirational stories, Bill wrote a legacy, a memoir, and a parenting book all wrapped in a story of faith. With his positive attitude and enthusiasm for life, Bill will share his experience in gathering family stories, writing his book, and finding a publisher. Come, join us and hear how Bill’s parents made him a “happy soul.”

Bill Callaghan is a father, husband, teacher, inventor, and now author. Above all, he is just a kid at heart. Bill was born in Milwaukee and grew up with ten brothers and sisters. He attended UWEC and then joined the family’s mixing business in 1980 – Continental Products, Corp. For the last thirty years, he worked with his parents and four brothers, as they manufactured blending and coating equipment. Bill and his wife reside in Eau Claire with their four children.

DECEMBER 11, 2018

Christmas Celebration

It’s that time again – time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and encourage one another to use the gifts He has given us. Join us for an informal, fun-filled evening. Laughter and chatter will come with the annual exchange of gently used books, and snacks and inspiration will accompany readings from our members. Bring a friend; bring a story; bring a snack and enjoy time with fellow writers.

 JANUARY 8, 2019


A new year brings new goals. How do we set goals? What is reasonable? What is pie in the sky inconceivable? Without a vision, our writing falters, so this is the month to brainstorm, share our ideas, and make a plan. Want accountability? We can do that. Want to work in secret? That is also possible. Just put your thinking caps on, bring pen or pencil, and start your writing year with clear direction.

FEBRUARY 12, 2019


What do all writers recommend? Critique! How do you improve as a writer? Critique! How do I know if my message is clear? Critique! This is the month to learn about this valuable tool. First, how to do it. Then, do it. Bring your work, share in the process, and tweak your words to raise your writing to a higher level. 

MARCH 12, 2019

Dennis R. Miller

Life is a gift and each day we unwrap it anew. At 75, Dennis Miller is acutely mindful of God’s hand over his life. From every creative thought to each breath, His calling gives him purpose. While many seek to know how to write a book, few ask why: Why write about your local history? Why write about your grief? Why write about your life? By sharing his books, Dennis Miller will encourage all to capture those special moments and snatches of time that not only live on in remembrances but transform our lives too. 

Dennis R. Miller is the author of 12 books and creator/producer of 7 films. As a bereaved father, he founded Tears of Love Ministry – He is co-founder and member of Chippewa Valley Local Authors and member of Chippewa Valley Evangelical Ministerial Association. Dennis also volunteers for the Good News Jail Ministry. 

APRIL 9, 2019

Sandra Stanton

As author of Max Your Mind: The Owner’s Guide for a Strong Brain, Sandra will present “The Take Away: The making of a good read – even in nonfiction.” She will address the inspiration, research, and plan involved in the writing of nonfiction while she shares the honing of the craft, revision, and critiques. Submission, marketing, and publication are also in her expertise. Come ready to learn and prepared with questions. Find Sandra at Connections of the Heart LLC., or 

Sandra Stanton is an author, speaker, board certified coach, retired school counselor, mom, grandma and recent widow who translates brain research into user-friendly language with a side of humor. She’s been fascinated by the brain since she was 14 – how it works, why it sometimes doesn’t, and how to help it stay healthy.  She enjoys speaking to groups of all ages through her business Connections of the Heart LLC. Her official handle is Sandra Sunquist Stanton NCC, LPC, BCC, which translates to Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Coach.

 MAY 14, 2019

Member Showcase 

Members will once again be the entertainment at our Annual Writers Recital. Invite your family and friends for an evening of creative readings and yummy refreshments. Members will describe and show their work with lots of encouragement for others. Guests will be able to browse through books and articles, and all will have time to share special writing experiences. 

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!