In the comic strip “Shoe,” there was an on-going joke that the longest month of the year is actually February, because it is so emotionally hopeless, grey, dingy, cold, and wet, and spring seems like it will never arrive. Ye Humble Chapter Newsletter Editor, for one, agrees with this assessment, and therefore I am quite happy to bring you the March HWA Wisconsin Chapter Newsletter where everything emotionally hopeless, grey, dingy, cold, and wet is best presented through horror fiction and not in my front yard.
Dean Wild will speak to the Fond du Lac Area Writers on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m., about his novel The Crymost. The meeting will be held at the Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, and the event is open to the public. Wild plans to briefly describe the journey of this novel from conception to publication, then do a reading, and end with a question-and-answer period. Copies of The Crymost will be available for purchase after the meeting.
Chris Welch will conduct two upcoming writing sessions at the Oshkosh Public Library. First, on Saturday, March 30, 10-11:30 a.m., he will present “Tactics for Horror Writing”: how to write scary, suspenseful, and tense scenes through sentence structure, dark images, and character perspectives in dark fantasy and horror fiction. Second, on Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m., he will present “Anatomy of Humor.” He’ll examine how to write humor and satire by identifying the funny components of each and by manipulating word usage, delivery, and reader expectations in fiction.
No Brand Con, which is primarily an anime convention, will be held in the Wisconsin Dells, March 29-31 at the Chula Vista Resort. Among the several guests appearing this year is Mr. CreepyPasta. http://www.nobrandcon.org/p/
And finally, an upcoming event that may be of interest to chapter members, though not horror-specific in any way:
The UntitledTown Book and Author Festival is an annual literary event in Green Bay that promotes all aspects of book culture. Over the course of a weekend, festival attendees can choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at various venues in downtown Green Bay. The majority of these events are free and open to the public. Through signings and readings, the festival also showcases local, regional, and national publishers and their books.
The 2019 UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will be held April 25-28. UntitledTown Co. is a 501c3 nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to celebrating the human act of storytelling. For updates, registration, and a list of events and participating authors, visit https://2019.untitledtown.org/.