Lakefly Writer’s Conference May 12-13 in Oshkosh


The Lakefly Writer’s Conference returns to Oshkosh May 12-13, with a full slate of lively workshops designed to teach the craft and business of writing. The conference will be held at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

Writers of all genres, from beginners to published authors, will find something to spark their interest at the Lakefly Conference. There’s still time to register at

Nickolas Butler, author

Keynote speaker for the conference is award-winner and UW-Madison graduate Nickolas Butler, author of the Wisconsin-based Shotgun Love Songs and the just-released novel, The Hearts of Men. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Progressive and The Christian Science Monitor.

Another highlight for crime and mystery writers is a workshop by Jerome Buting, former attorney for Steven Avery. Buting will talk about writing his book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System.

Writers interested in self-publishing will learn about avenues for promoting a book, how to avoid publishing scams and packaging their work for an online audience. A Q&A session will focus on agents and editors: How to determine if an author needs one, finding the right editor or agent and evaluating a contract. There are sessions on breaking into the Christian market, writing comedy or picture books and writing a memoir or family history.

The combination of creative inspiration and practical information is a hallmark of the Lakefly Conference, which is in its fifth year and has earned high praise from both writers who attend and presenters.

“Writers tell us that Lakefly is an invigorating and supportive experience where they can learn useful skills and connect with others who share their passion for writing,” says Lakefly founder Ruth Percey, a librarian at the Oshkosh Public Library and member of the Oshkosh Area Writer’s Club. “Our presenters are impressed by the variety of topics covered, the conference setting and the enthusiasm of the people who attend.”

Registration for the Lakefly Writers Conference is $60 (includes lunch on Saturday); or $70 at the door (lunch excluded). Vendor tables are also available on Saturday. “We have worked hard to keep the conference affordable and still offer high quality, relevant content that writers can take back home and use,” Percey explained.

The Lakefly Writers Conference is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library and The Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.  For more information or to register visit


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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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