Recommended by tomorrow’s authors…


This enthusiastic group of Creative Writing Campers recommend the following books for YA summer reading:

The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (& the 2nd book in the series: Hollow City), by Ransom Riggs
Small Steps, by Peg Kehret
Witness, by Karen Hesse
Wings of Fire Series, by Tui Sutherland
Jim Ugly, by Sid Fleischman
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Academy, by Emmaline Andrews
Princess Academy/Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
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Great First Week of Writing Camp


Our enthusiastic high school writers shared the week doing prompts, writing, revising & critiquing each other’s work. Every day, we set aside “sacred writing time” to write whatever we loved–unfiltered, uninterrupted.

Here’s a challenge for writers, youth and adult alike:

Choose a time of day, every day, that you can declare your “sacred writing time.” Write whatever makes you happy. Don’t worry about perfection; just get it down.

Even if you write for only 15 minutes, you’ll be amazed by how all those words add up!


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An email from the mom of a 2013 Creative Writing Camp participant:

I wanted to share with you that [my daughter's] writing really “took off” this academic school year and all she learned last summer at your camp came through in amazing stories, poems, and essays (I should mention she also wrote one science lab report that was the best and funniest lab report I have ever read, but I knew it would not “fly” for a science report so I saved the report for a her to use in a future story and made her do some technical writing for the report).

Registrations are open for 2014 Creative Writing Camp

Earlybird registration deadline: April 1.

March/April Roundtables Accepting New Members

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Discover the power receiving thoughtful feedback on your writing from others who take writing seriously.

Read what participants say about the Roundtable process and the caliber of writer Red Oak attracts.

Then take the next step in taking your own writing to the next level: Register.

We’d love to have YOU at the table in March!

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Roundtable Cancelled: Monday, January 27th

Due to extreme temperatures, we are cancelling today’s Roundtable. Members should check their emails and reply to let Kim know you’ve received the message. Thanks!

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Is 2014 Your Year to “Git ‘er Done?”

Git 'er done
with Kim Suhr
January 25, 2014
(Snow make up Feb 1)
9:30 – 12 noon
($15 for current Roundtable members)
 (Please complete and send a registration form to Red Oak, PO Box 342 Genesee Depot, WI 53127. You may pay by check or using Pay Pal at the links above.)

We all have at lease one: that writing project that has lodged itself in the back of our mind and has the word “someday” attached to it:

~”Someday, I’ll write a memoir about what it was like to be the only woman on a road construction crew.”

~”Someday, I’ll finish that novel I started in Shut Up & Write!

~”Someday, I’ll go back to those 50,000 words I wrote three Novembers ago and see if there’s anything I can turn into a short story.”

~”Someday, I’ll pull all my poems together and see if I can get them published.”

As the promise of a new year unfolds before us, now is the perfect time to rededicate ourselves to the Someday project that has been calling our names–once and for all.

This workshop will provide participants with organization tools, accountability strategies, a plan of action, and, best of all, the support and ideas of other writers who are in the same boat.



Kim Suhr is the Director of Red Oak Writing and author of Maybe I’ll Learn: Snapshots of a Novice Mom. Her work has appeared at Grey Sparrow Journal, Full of Crow and Staccato Fiction as well as earning awards from the Wisconsin Writers’ Association’s Jade Ring and Lindemann Humor Contests. You can listen to Kim read her work at WUWM 89.7 on the Lake Effect Program. To learn more about her writing, visit

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In Memory


It is with deep sadness we say good bye to a wonderful writer and friend, Felicity Librie. Felicity was a valuable member of Roundtable groups before moving to California. Her leader and friend, Jeannee Sacken, writes:

Felicity Librie was a bright star in our universe. A loving wife and mother who adored her family. A brilliant writer whose love of language and telling of stories enthralled all who read her work. A friend whose excitement and enthusiasm at the success of her fellow writers knew no bounds. An inventive cook whose adoption of a vegan way of life made her all the more inventive, her food even more delicious, her life a little longer. A true intellect. Funny. Compassionate. Loving. A woman who embraced life to the fullest.

Felicity passed away on January 9, 2014. She leaves her beloved husband of 32 years, Chris, and three children, Alex, Ellie, and Dominic, her father in England (whom she saw this past autumn), brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews. She also leaves the manuscripts of many wonderful short stories and novels, and many, many friends in the United States, England, Holland, Sweden, and France. She leaves so many lives richer and more joyous for having shared hers.

To honor Felicity’s life and her love of writing, some of our writers have made contributions to the Young Writers’ Scholarship Fund to make it possible for a young person in need to attend our Creative Writing Camp this summer. If you would like to do the same, please send a check to

Red Oak Writing

PO Box 342

Genesee Depot, WI  53127.

(Please note: because of our LLC status, this is not a tax-deductible contribution.)

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Monday, January 6th Roundtable Cancelled Due to Cold

Please stay home, safe and sound!

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Start 2014 With Writing

Many writers are still mourning the loss of the UWM Spring Writers Festival, but weep no more. Red Oak is starting 2014 with lots of ways to “feed your writer” and stay true to your intention to write more in the new year. At home and on the road, there’s sure to be something that sparks your interest…

img07Write ’til You’re Blue in the Face (Full Day Version) L D Fargo Library, Lake Mills, WI

Saturday, January 18 (snow date Feb 8) 9 – 3 pm.

Through a generous grant, the workshop is modestly priced: $25.00, which includes morning coffee & rolls and catered lunch

Like training for a long-distance bike ride or practicing yoga, the more you write, the better and more focused your writing becomes. Kim will guide participants through exercises to make the most of their current skills and help them grow in confidence and technique. She will weave in discussion on matters of craft including choosing the right point of view, making optimal use of details and infusing backstory without losing narrative momentum.

Registration forms are available at the library or by calling 920 648 8511 and asking for Marilyn.


Write ’til You’re Blue in the Face (4-Session Version) Delafield Arts Center images-1

A workshop to help you bust through the block and write more than you thought possible.

4 Class Series: January 22, Febuary 5 & 19, March 5. Wednesdays, 10am – 12 noon.

Fee: $75 (Contact Anne at the DAC to register: )

In this writing exercise workshop, Kim Suhr, will guide participants through writing exercises to make the most of their current skills and help them grow in confidence and techniques.  For beginners and those who appreciate the jump start writing exercises provide.


Red Oak Writing Logo (1000x1000)Git ‘R Done: A Writing Project Planning Workshop

Saturday, Jan 25, 9:30 – 12 noon

Red Oak Writing Studio, 3195 S Superior St. #205 Milwaukee

Fee: $25 (Discounted rate for current Roundtable participants: $15)

As the promise of a new year unfolds before us, now is the perfect time to rededicate ourselves to the someday project that has been calling our names–once and for all.

This workshop will provide participants with organization tools, accountability strategies, a plan of action, and, best of all, the support and ideas of other writers who are in the same boat.

Write Together: A multi-generational workshop to share the gift of words. TOSA_READS_home

Part of the Wauwatosa All-City Read

Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-3 pm at Mt Mary University (Alumnae Center)
Follow Up Reading, Sunday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm location TBD

Fee: $15 per pair 

Grab a writing partner and join us for an afternoon of writing activities to spark your memory and inspire creativity at the page. Participants register in pairs. Youth (minimum age: 10) must attend with an adult. Other ages can mix-n-match. No prior writing experience necessary. Registration required.

As always, our stellar Roundtable Critique Groups welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience to learn and grow together.



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New Name, Same Great Community





~Henry David Thoreau

As you may have noticed from our new logo, we’ve decided to heed Thoreau’s advice and simplify our name in 2014. Red Oak Writing will continue just as you’ve come to expect: supporting writers through author readings, craft & publishing workshops and some of the most rigorous and vibrant critique groups in the area. Plus, it’ll be easier to say our name.

Of course, we will maintain our close sisterhood with Judy Bridges and Redbird Studio–right down the hall from us and still inspiring writers to Shut Up & Write!

We look forward to many more years walking with you on your writing journey.

Kim Suhr, Director

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