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Unless your work appears on the front page of a newspaper or alongside pictures in a children’s book, your words are inky black letters floating on a sea of white pages. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help readers envision your stories in full color. On May 16th at The Local Store, come learn several techniques for bringing your writing to life in full color--both literally and figuratively! Sometimes toying with a variety of creative pursuits can entice our muses to show up in interesting ways. Experiment, play, and paint with words in the company of your fellow word nerds in this one hour workshop led by UWEC grad and self published author, Amanda Zieba.
Thanks to our co-sponsors, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the Chippewa Valley Book Festival
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Join me and 8 other writers for a few days of writing opportunities. In this fiction based retreat we will explore your story idea in depth while creating a safe and close knit writing community. There will be individual time to write, daily workshops, great food and excellent word nerd company!
This will be my first ever word nerd writing retreat and I am soooooo excited to share all of my expertise, writing passion and extensive resources with you! $425 will cover your lodging, meals, daily intensive workshops and a writer's SWAG bag. To register, email me at: email@example.com. Feel free to email me with questions as well. I can't wait to see you for A Word Nerd Workshop and Retreat this summer!
As a serious high school gymnast and a somewhat committed college pole vaulter, Amanda Zieba prepared for life as a writer through her athletic training. The dedication, long hours of practice, help from coaches, time management, and goal setting strategies paved the way for many successful author work habits. In this presentation, learn practical strategies and resources, and leave feeling like you will achieve your writing goals.
Being a writer is hard. And unless your initials are JKR, usually not super profitable. How do you keep chasing the muse while also keeping the lights on? We'll talk about all the things writers need to STOP doing (self-criticism, procrastination, etc) and some great tips for being more productive and more consistent with your craft, as well as finding a side job that doesn't feel like it will eat your soul. Moderated by Vive Griffith.
Good authors create stories we can't wait to devour. Their characters are delicious. Their plots are flavorful. They add the perfect amount of details to create a warm, fluffy, absolutely consumable story. But how do they get there? All stories start as a teeny tiny kernel... it's what you do in your writing process with that kernel that creates a delicious end result. We will pick a part the process piece by piece, working on the elements of character, setting, conflict and resolution. In this class we will both look at delicious fiction and write some. No need to come with a story idea, but if you have your kernel already... great! Bring it along!
Why should children have all the fun? Join local librarians and writers for the March edition of Storytime for Adults at the Turtle Stack Brewery. The theme for the evening is new beginnings. I will be reading at the event for the second time and can't wait for fun, food (and beverages) and stories to start!
Chase away the winter blues with the January edition of Storytime for Adults at the Turtle Stack Brewery. Your favorite local librarians and authors will be sharing stories that will warm your heart on the coldest of winter nights.
Free appetizers will be available courtesy of Cloudy's Food Truck and Catering. Beer and beverages are available for purchase. For ages 21+ only.
I will be sharing information about the Girl Scout programs I offer to help individuals and troops earn their badges at Onalaska High School during the Badgerland Girl Scout Expo. If you are a troop leader, stop by and learn all about the fun reading and writing experiences I can offer.
I will be attending Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center's annual fundraiser and sponsoring an item in their auction! My item will feature a basket full of geocaching goodies and the opportunity to name a character in the next Adventures Await book! The Birthday Cache and all of the upcoming books in the series are dedicated to Eagle Bluff and that work that they do for educating students on the wonders of our natural world. I am thrilled to be able to give back to the place that first introduced me to the sport of geocaching! Learn more here.
Young writers are invited to come to the La Crosse Public Library to celebrate Teen Read Week by flexing your writing muscles. Teens are invited to join me as we work to improve our writing by looking at some of our favorite YA Authors. The workshop will end with an opportunity for teens to read their work aloud for a small audience of parents and interested members of the public. (5:30-7:30) More information and a link from the library will be coming soon. :)
Sutra Global Imports is a treasure trove of wonders! In this workshop store owner Kim Hammer and I, along with participants, will explore the shop in search of one special treasure to write about. Through sensory exploration, Kim's background knowledge on the history of each item, and a little creativity, we will create a poem and a flash fiction story featuring your chosen object. We will specifically be playing around with the story element of Point of View. Come flex your writing muscles, hang out with a group of interesting creatives and have some fun at the same time. Remember, all workshop participants get 10% off their Sutra Global purchases, so you can end up taking your selected treasure home at a bargain price!
Thursday August 10th 3:30-6:00pm (tour included in beginning half hour)
$25, includes a journal and a light snack. You can get tickets here!
Apple Tree Flowers and More is having a grand re-opening event. The MORE part of the store is me... well, me and other authors. This flower shop also sells gifts and books. I will be reading and signing books as apart of their re-opening celebrations. Stop on by for your own autographed books and some light refreshments.
In this three hour workshop participants will work to create a short story from scratch and then learn what to do with in when it is done. We will start with idea generating activities and then work to polish up our story idea by specifically focusing on the story elements of character, setting, conflict and dialogue. Afterward I will share several paying markets that would be interested in your work! Cost $15. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
In this two hour workshop for young writers we will work on taking the kernel of a story idea and popping it up into something warm, delicious and flavorful by exploring and experimenting with the story elements of character, setting, conflict, dialogue and resolution. Location of the workshop is Craft Time Studio in Tomah, WI.
Over the past four years I have made over $3,000 by selling educational materials in the online marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers. I'd love to help you set up your store and start earning money for the quizzes, power points, unit studies, vocabulary packets, graphic organizers, poster sets, rubrics and every other little thing you have created for classroom use. In this three hour workshop I will give you the TpT basics, pro-tips and plenty of hands on work time to get yourself up and running. Food and beverages will be available for purchase while we hang out in the newly remodeled Java Vino workroom. Cost, $15.
Illustrator Jason Gerke and I will spend the day at two Mauston Elementary Schools sharing our passion for words and art. Students will enjoy an interactive presentation that will have their imaginations working at full tilt! Book sales available day of presentation.
Over the course of three days, festival attendees will be able to choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay.
I will be speaking on Saturday at the Brown County Library from 2:30-3:30. My topic of conversation is; Thinking Out of the Book Box: Ways to make connections and get your writing noticed.
Here is the link to the event. Hope to see you there! http://untitledtown.org/events/thinking-out-of-the-box-ways-to-make-connections-and-get-your-writing-noticed
Do you love children's books? Are you interested in the creative process? Would you like to meet some authors and learn about their craft? If so, please join us at the Portage County Public Library! Amanda Zieba, Ryan Haack, and Lynn Markham will share the ins and outs of writing great children's literature. This event is free of charge and open to all ages. Snacks and door prizes will be provided, and the authors will be available for book signings. Hope to see you there! More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557325617611717/
In the morning Amanda will spend the day working with K-8 students, helping them generate story ideas and then growing those ideas into solid stories that capture the attention of their readers. In the afternoon Amanda will speak to parents, educators and community members about how to foster a love of reading and writing in their homes and classrooms. Information about the Author Festival can be found here: http://www.wsra.org/authors-festivals
In this workshop we'll work on how to write a short story & what to do with it! Local Author Amanda Zieba will teach us idea generation through publication. Location: Craft Time Studio (Tomah, WI) Cost: $25 Time: 5:00-7:00 Because of the publication side of this workshop we are limiting ages to 16+.
At this conference for librarians and school media specialists Amanda will be a part of both the Wisconsin Author Book Fair and also panel discussions on writing, reading and engaging students with the written word. More details can be found by clicking here: http://www.wemta.org/conference/authorfair.cfm
Author Amanda Zieba and Illustrator Jason Gerke will spend an entire day in Chippewas Falls, WI inspiring and encouraging young writers and artists as they work together to create a story in author/illustrator partnerships. Sponsored by CESA #10, this second appearance by Amanda and Jason is one of the highlights of their year.
Amanda Zieba and illustrator Jason Gerke will engage, entertain and educate the students of New Lisbon Elementary School in the ways of the book creating world. In the evening, Amanda and Jason will speak to parents and community members about their books and ways to foster a love of reading in their home. Book sales, caricatures and autographs will be available after the evening presentation.
Guess who's hanging out with the coolest geocachers in the state this Saturday? This author-girl! The Wisconsin Geocaching Association is hosting their 8th Annual Chili Feed in Fond Du Lac, WI and I'll be there to tell them all about my newest book: The Birthday Cache, a middle grade geocaching adventure book. You do not need to be a member of the WGA to attend. $2 per bowl of chili and books too? Here is a link with more event information.