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Baraboo’s Community Novel

Authors and book lovers are descending on Madison this weekend for the Wisconsin Book Festival. Students and residents in Baraboo recently completed a book of their own. Today we learn about “Dr. Vertigo’s Circus Spectacular,” the town’s second community-written novel.

Read the novel online.


The Best of the Worst

UW-Oshkosh professor Sue Fondrie spends her time in the classroom teaching future teachers to be strong writers.  So imagine her colleagues’ and students’ surprise when Prof. Fondrie was awarded top honors in an international contest that celebrates terrible writing.  As she said, “It takes effort to be bad… although actually I found it to come fairly easily.”

For more bad writing and to learn about other competition winners visit the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest website


Inspiration Drawn from the Wilderness

With summer drawing to a close, many kids are heading back to school. Writer Liam Callanan’s family spent much of the summer indoors, reading and writing, only to discover that some of the best lessons are found outdoors.

Liam Callanan teaches English at UW-Milwaukee and is the author of the novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints.

Photo: random letters 


Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Attention Wisconsin writers and poets!

Enter the Wisconsin Life Flash Fiction Ghost Story contest. Submit your original short ghost story (600 words or less) by October 7th and you could hear your story on Wisconsin Life! Contest winners will be selected by Wisconsin’s bestselling fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Wise Man’s Fear and The Name of the Wind.

Winning entries will be recorded for broadcast by WPR’s team of talented radio actors and audio engineers. Email entries to Visit our Flash Fiction page for submission details and complete contest rules.


Wisconsin Writers:

The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to turn, and there’s no better time to curl up with a new book. Fall is prime book publishing season and many Wisconsin authors have new books out. Commentator Rod Clark has some thoughts on being a writer from Wisconsin.

Rod Clark is a writer and publisher of the literary journal Rosebud.