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.


Angeline Haen sells her nonfiction book!


Selling a book is a great way to follow up attendance at our annual writer’s retreat and that’s just what Angeline Haen did. The Wisconsin author sold her creative nonfiction anthology book, Sweet Wisdoms, to Shanti Arts this spring, publication date to be announced.

Angeline participated in the creative nonfiction book section led by Julie Tallard Johnson at the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat in June 2014. There’s still time to register for this year’s retreat and get your book ready for publication.

Jim Swierzynski wins poetry contest!


Jim Swierzynski’s poem “Haze Grey Wedding” won The Rockford Review’s “Winter Weddings” contest  and will be published in the summer edition of the journal, which is a twice yearly publication by the Rockford Writers’ Guild. He wrote the poem while taking the UW-Madison Continuing Studies online poetry class “Getting to Good.” Jim told instructor Angela Rydell, “The poem grew and flourished with your observations and suggestions. Many thanks.”