Reminder: Author talk coming up

ayearinwordsMarch 4, 2020
Rocca Meeting Room
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
6:00pm – 7:00pm

This event is sponsored by our club and Mead Public Library. As he will share valuable information to writers of all ilk, and he is not charging the club or Mead for his presentation, I encourage members to attend.

Author David Haznaw will be coming to give a presentation about his writing career and his creative nonfiction book “A Year In Words.” He will discuss how autobiography enhances writing, what he learned during the process of working on this book, and also read from his writing. Q&A to follow.

David Haznaw has been writing his entire career, which has spanned more than three decades. Starting as a reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Watertown (WI) Daily Times, David’s writing has spanned a number of disciplines, from daily news, to public relations, advertising, and corporate and commercial video productions. A Year In Words represents David’s entry into the realm of creative nonfiction.


Wisconsin People & Ideas Contests

wpicontestHi all,

We received contest announcements from two members:


“Get the attention your writing deserves through our fiction and poetry contests! Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine hosts annual writing contests for Wisconsin residents age 18 and over that provide cash, prizes, and publication. First-place winners in the Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction and poetry contests each receive $500 and one-week artist residencies at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Second-place winners receive $250 and third-place winners receive $100. First- through third-place winning stories and poems are published in print and online issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, and all award-winning writers are invited to read their work at a special Wisconsin Book Festival event.”

Great Waters Photo Contest and Writing Project


Hi all!
From WDNR:

How do you connect with and value our Great Waters?
The Office of Great Waters invites entries for our 12th annual photo contest and writing project.

Photos from all seasons are needed and will be accepted in the following categories:
* people enjoying Wisconsin’s Great Waters
* cultural and historic features
* natural features
* wildlife


Is your talent writing? Help get the word out about how great Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River are— either with creative writing or with a description of stewardship efforts you are proud of.
For example, send us your original short stories or poems inspired by your connection to our Great Waters. Another option: describe a stewardship project you, your agency or a local group is undertaking to protect or restore the shore, backwaters, wetlands or beaches of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the Mississippi River. Include a description of the partners involved and accomplishments.
Written submissions should be approximately 200 words. Share your favorite writings with us and you may find your words in our calendar, website, publications and exhibits!

Judging and awards

Photos will be judged by a panel of Wisconsin DNR staff. Criteria for judging will include visual and technical merit, creativity and composition. Winning photographs and writings will be included in our Wisconsin’s Great Waters calendar. The deadline for photo and written submissions is February 1, 2020.

For contest rules and details on how to enter, visit and search “Great Waters Photo Contest.”

See previous years’ photo and writing entries here.

Professor Karl Elder’s “Phobophobia” on Tuesday, Oct. 29

Lakeland University’s Esch Library will host a poetry reading of Professor Karl Elder’s “Phobophobia” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

“Phobophobia” was originally published in 1987 in collaboration with Prickly Pear Press as a special issue of his magazine, “Seems,” and was recently re-released by the global publishing house Cyberwit of India. “Photophobia” is available online at

Elder will read aloud for about 30 minutes and then answer any questions.

“For years I have bemoaned the fact that ‘Phobophobia,’ considered by some readers the most inventive of my 10 collections of poems, has been out of print,” said Elder, LU’s Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence.

“Then, early this summer, from halfway around the world – as if in words too good to be true – arrived an invitation to submit a manuscript. With current projects incomplete, I suggested the publisher take a look at the 1987 book, and – voilà! – here it is in print again.”

A member of Lakeland’s faculty since 1979, Elder has 10 published books, more than 22 anthologies and approximately 500 published poems in various magazines. He has won more than a dozen awards, including most recently the Christopher Latham Scholes Award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers.

“Water Works” Poetry and Music Event

In conjunction with the Plymouth Art Center’s “Water Works” exhibition of visual art, the PAC and the Plymouth Environmental Action Team will present an evening of water-themed poetry and music, “The Power of Water”, on July 23, 2019 at 7 PM. Sheboygan area poets Georgia Ressmeyer, Marilyn Zelke Windau, Maryann Hurtt, Tracey Ludvik, and Thom Singleton will read from their original work. Singer/songwriter Jon Doll will be performing, as well as other noted musicians. Come and immerse yourself in the beauty of water, both visual and spoken.

The event is free and open to the public. The Plymouth Art Center is located at 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth.

Local Poet Thom Singleton’s Book Launch/Signing!

A poetry event at Mead Public Library on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm featuring SCWC member Thom Singleton! From the library’s calendar:

Local poet, Thom Singleton, will read from his work “Inside Out”.

From Thom, about him and his work:

In my time – almost 72 years – I’ve been a truck driver, a whole grain baker, a chimney sweep, a college graduate, a social worker, a child care worker, a juvenile counselor, a tree planter,  a writer, a regional director, a wilderness traveler, a poet, and who-knows-what next. I have lived in the city that beer built, Milwaukee, roughly half my life, and the other half, Plymouth, the city that cheese built. My wife, Patti, and I are hopelessly in love, and show it by mostly getting along pretty good. We have two fine sons, a ship’s carpenter and an English teacher, two amazing daughters-in-law, a minister and a psychology teacher, and a bunch of Super Hero grandkids. Life is good.

As anyone might who takes time to reflect on one’s higher purpose in life, I wish to help make, and to leave behind, a world better for me having lived here. For me to do so means to act to preserve our precious planet, to keep the natural world intact and vibrant, to confront the existential threat to humanity posed by man-made climate change, and not to forget a touch of humor in the face of this crisis. My hope is that my writing will further these goals. Any profit realized from the sale of “Inside Out “ will be donated to environmental causes.

“California Cheese” Book Launch

On the heels of the publication of his first two children’s books “Florida Cheese” and “Wisconsin Cheese,” Lee Trotta of Sheboygan, Wis. is set to release his third entry in “The Cheese Book Series.”

“California Cheese” will launch on Saturday, April 6 with a special book signing event during a craft and vendor fair at Cooper Elementary School (2014 Cooper Ave.) in Sheboygan, Wis. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the author, who is also a member of the Sheboygan County Writers Club, “I’ll have cheezy snacks and the first hard copies of my new book to look at. Invite your friends who might enjoy a book launch/craft fair.” So put it on your calendar!

New Date and Location for Workshop Meetings

Starting in January, we’ve got a new day and location for the small group workshop meetings! These will also appear on our “Upcoming Events” sidebar on this website. See the below announcement from Mead Public Library:

On the fourth Monday of every month, the Sheboygan County Writers Club welcomes writers of all genres and experience levels to our small group writing workshops! Participants bring in a piece of writing that they are working on, copies are made for all participants, and each writer shares their piece with the group. Each participant gets feedback when sharing their own writing and then gives their feedback when others are sharing. Led by Anneliese Finke, MFA and published poet.

Note that there are no meetings in May or December.