Learn how to master your genre!


Have you asked yourself any of these questions?

“How do I know my manuscript/script/poem/short fiction is done?”

“Is my manuscript ready to be sent to agents?”

“Why haven’t I heard back from the places I queried?”

“Why am I receiving all of these rejections?

If you have, then join Laurie Scheer for a week-long study of how to improve your writing AND your material at the Write By The Lake retreat June 13-17 in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin.  Laurie will be holding a seminar on how to prep your work so it’s exactly where you want it to be—whether you’re beginning a new project, you’re in the middle of writing, or near finishing your work, even if you’ve been receiving rejection after rejection—you can use this course of study to assure your future success. Here’s a link to the syllabus and more information: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/write-by-the-lake/sessions-speakers.html

 Learn how to master your genre—seats are limited so sign up now! We hope to see you at the lake this summer!

Watershed Reading Series Friday the 13th!


Everyone can use a little extra luck on Friday the 13th and Arts + Literature Laboratory comes through with poems and stories about luck, both good and bad. The Lucky Readers: Marilyn Annucci, Kara Candito, Ron Czerwien, Alexandria Delcourt, Kelly Harms, Dana Maya, Richard Merelman, Elizabeth Perry, Andrea Potos, James P. Roberts, Jen Rubin, Sarah Sadie Busse, Shoshauna Shy, Marilyn L. Taylor, and Angela Trudell Vasquez. Doors open at 7 pm, reading starts at 8 pm. This event is free and open to the lucky public but a $3-$5 donation helps them keep offering great programming like this.

Julian Renner script receives award!


SAVED, an action-drama script by Julian Renner, New Rochelle, New York, was chosen a Diamond Prize Winner in the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards sponsored by Filmmakers Magazine, Write Bros., and the Radmin management-production company. The prize includes professional story notes and consideration for representation and production.

 Here’s the logline for SAVED:  Pastor Samuel Jones, about to testify for the FBI against a dangerous drug dealer, refuses to enter witness protection unless his wife, Monica, with secrets of her own, is included in the deal.

Julian wrote his script in the UW-Madison Continuing Studies online course, “Screenplay:  Write Your First Draft Fast.” His instructor was Christine DeSmet.