Archive for September, 2014

There’s still time to register for our Fall Conference.  The price is $85 per person by PayPal, check or at the door.   Use the tab above to find out more and, as always, we look forward to meeting you in person.

Also, if you’re interested in learning about NWG and its members but aren’t ready to commit to a full conference,  please stop by Friday night for the Meet and Greet and member readings-its free and open to the interested public.

Seward, Nebraska, October 10th and 11th is the time; Victorine Lieske is this year’s organizer.

This yfall conf tosca leeear’s NWG Fall Conference includes a list of fabulous speakers.

First, we have Nebraska native and NYT-best-selling author, Tosca Lee. Known for her exploration of maligned chblogging  imagearacters, lyrical prose and meticulous research, if you missed her at the Nebraska Book Festival, you’re in for a treat.


Joining Tosca is our very own Guild Social Media Chair, Nanette Day. She’ll teach us how to set up and utilize WordPress blogs.


tameson butler imageTamesen Butler, acting since her first TV appearance at age 5, a teacher of arts and acting since 2007 stage and screen acting experience and a thriving writing career, will share her teachings on Acting for Writers.


YA Publisher, Wee Creek Press, will speak and take member pitches. WeeBanner1024short

Also, Start Media, owner of Whiskey Creek Press, Speaks and will take pitches for their market lines. WCP seeks all genres of fiction and YA including the Torrid line of sensual fiction.wcptitle1024 logo

Pitching is a Member benefit and if you’re a member and would  like to pitch or have questions, see the WCP site, http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com  and http://www.weecreekpress.com and  check out the submission details.

Members and Non-Members alike are welcome to Fall Conference so visit the NWG Website for more information.

Fall Conference is only a few weeks away so register now to ensure your spot.


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Nebraska State Fair Booth

9-2014 fair Robert Polk & Lee Bachaud 8-31-2014In the eleven days of the 2014 Nebraska State Fair the Nebraska Writers Guild booth made numerous contacts with possible new members, ranging from the newbie to writing up to the already established writer. We have a list of 125 names to watch for in the future and one joined the Guild before the fair even ended.

We had 16 members volunteer their time to help man the booth, many of them came more than one day. And between them 109 books were sold (more than double last year’s total). We gave out 1500 book marks, approximately 200 brochures, and 250 Guild business cards (we ran out of business cards by noon the 10th day).

Shelley Wilson was interviewed on Hastings Television. Other members made good contacts with schools, historical societies, libraries, and state parks who were looking for speakers or book placements in their gift shops. These events would not have happened if the authors were not volunteering at the booth.

We try to get authors in the booth on the right days for their booth, such is the case with Jean Lukesh who always comes on Largest Classroom Days because of her 4th grade text book and other books for that level. Many people around our booth commented on how great it is to see all the students so enthusiastic about a text book and its author.

Some highlights of booth activity included:
Roger Welsch visited the booth and took a brochure away with him.
Many members stopped by to see how we were doing.
A great-great niece of Marie Sandoz stopped.
Many people mentioned they always look for our booth to check out the new titles so they
can find them later.

The booth would not be possible without the help of the many volunteers each year. Those coming to display their books and promote the Guild were: Kathryn Gilmore, Sabrina Sumsion,
Jim Buehler, John Witzel, Janet Nitsick, Faith Colburn, Shelley Wilson, Charlie Vogel, Jean Lukesh, Ben Wassinger, Julie Stamps, Lee Bachaud, Robert Polk, and Valerie Vierk. Charlotte Endorf and Mandy Sullivan also volunteered but life intervened at the last moment. Also Judy Rossenkotter and her husband Harold are indispensable as they store the backdrop, tables, books, etc. between fairs. Harold made the backdrop a couple of years ago and after they took it down this year Judy gave it two coats of burgundy paint so next year we will have a bright, new look.

A big thank you goes out to all of these members. Thank You also to the entire Nebraska Writers Guild and its board who paid the $765 make this opportunity available to its authors and to promote the Guild.

Fair Booth Co-Chairs
Jeanette Bjerrum
Charlene Neely

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