WisRWA Calendar

Apr 05
WisRWA 2019 Write Touch Conference
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Write Touch Conference April 5-7, 2019 at the Milwaukee Hyatt in beautiful downtown Milwaukee. The conference will feature Maya Rodale as keynote speaker, and Lisa Cron as one of the headliners.

Registration is now open. Click the events tab for more information.

Meeting Times

Jan 02
Green Bay
11:30-3 at 1951 Restaurant, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay, WI

Let’s Dress Up: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Adding Pizazz

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Jan 12
Chippewa Falls
10-12:30 at Deb's Cafe, 1120 122nd St, Chippewa Falls, WI

Deep Point of View

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Jan 19
10 – 12:30 at Red Oak Writing Studio 11709 W Cleveland Ave. West Allis

Safety Zone: A Panel Discussion on Diversity

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WisRWA Newsletter

Industry Professionals

WisRWA Write Touch Conference LogoDid you purchase a critique? Click here to submit your query and first five pages. Deadline is March 1, 2019.


Kimberly Brower – Literary Agent and Founder – Brower Literary & Management 

Kimberly fell in love with reading when she picked up her first Babysitter’s Club book at the age of seven and since, hasn’t been able to get her nose out of a book. Kimberly holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and received her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Although she loves all things romance, she also searches for books that are different and will surprise her, with empathetic characters and compelling stories. She takes great pride in her client list, from the debut authors to #1 NYT bestsellers. Kimberly likes to consider them all her favorite authors.







Courtney Miller-Callihan – Founder – Handspun Literary Agency

Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction.

For adult fiction, Courtney represents only mainstream fiction (including historical fiction and women’s fiction), romance (all subgenres except inspirational), and mystery novels.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.

Courtney is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading.




Laura Zats – Literary Agent – Red Sofa Literary

Laura graduated from Grinnell College with degrees in English and anthropology. She began working in the publishing industry in 2011, joining Red Sofa Literary in 2013. As an agent, she specializes in children’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and romance. She is also one-half of the weekly publishing podcast, Print Run. In her free time, Laura serves on the board of the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable, teaches classes on writing and publishing, and drinks a lot of tea.









Jennie Conway – Editor – St. Martin’s Press

Jennie’s childhood idols were Hermione Granger and Matilda, so naturally she sought out a job that would allow her to continue to grow surrounded by books. She has always loved stories where she can escape and the kinds of stories that continue to stay with her. When characters jump off the page, these books turn into her best friends.

Jennie is looking for romance, women’s fiction, and YA with diverse voices that have a fresh spin on the genres. She has a soft spot for geek-related plots with meet-cute banter, stories set in Scotland or featuring Scottish men, and good old-fashioned ghost stories.



Madeleine Colavita –Editor – Grand Central Forever

Madeleine always knew she wanted to work in publishing, and she was lucky enough to make that dream come true in 2013 when she joined the Grand Central/Forever team. Over four years later, Madeleine still loves every minute as an editor. She’s looking for stories and writing that take her someplace new. She’d love to dance at a Regency ball, explore the Scottish Highlands, visit a charming small town, or go on a paranormal adventure, all without leaving the comfort of her apartment!

Madeleine prefers reads that make her laugh to ones that make her cry, but no matter what, she wants to feel that swoop in her stomach when the main characters realize, “This is the one!”


Did you purchase a critique? Click here to submit your query and first five pages. Deadline is March 1, 2019.