Wisconsin has a long history of excellence when it comes to offering top-notch SCBWI events. The only way that this is possible is the commitment of our volunteers who understand that part of what make SCBWI work is industry professionals giving back to their peers by donating their time and talent to the region. As they say – you can't help someone up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.
Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. Her debut young adult novel ARROWS is out now from Random House/Delacorte Press. Proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family. Also believes love is strong coffee, arrow jewelry and simple, beautiful everyday things. She helps new and future members feel at home! If you have questions about your membership or renewal contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Wisconsin, we are divided into four areas: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. Our Area Representatives work to connect members all over the state by offering smaller events – such as mingles/schmoozes, and workshops that are closer to members in those areas who may have trouble attending our larger events.
RaChelle Lisiecki – Northeast WI area rep
Kate Lindsay – Northwest WI area rep
Kate has been a member of SCBWI since 2013 and enjoys working with children in many capacities. She has worked as a child welfare attorney, a therapist for autistic children, and recently became a certified special education teacher. In her spare time, she co-manages the Facebook page for SCBWI-WI and enjoys writing MG novels. She lives on a farm in Jim Falls, WI with her fiance and two dogs. For event ideas or information, contact her at email@example.com
Kat Abbott – Southwest WI area rep
Kat Abbott has been a member of SCBWI since 2009, joining back when she worked in the movie industry and lived in Los Angeles. Since then, she’s quickly immersed herself in all the wonderful events SCBWI has to offer and is very honored to be part of such a supportive community. She writes MG, YA, and scripts, and has an amazing job that allows her plenty of creative time. Southwest Area – Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRACI BOLD – Critique Group Coordinator
Traci Bold has been creating stories for children since she was a child. She became serious about the craft of writing for children years later when her children and husband encouraged her to do so after fate stepped in to give her that opportunity. Not yet published, Traci’s stories using a unique approach can be found on her website, boldwriter67.wordpress.com. Her stories are for all ages. One of these stories, THE CASE OF THE MISSING GUINEA PIG garnered the attention of CQ (Creative Quarterly) online magazines editor, Paul White who published it in 2015 and later won the CQ annual Best Children’s Story Award for that same year. Traci is the current Critique Group Coordinator for WI-SCBWI. Her mantra is #justkeepwriting #justkeepwriting in honor of Dory.
If you're looking to join a critique group with other SCBWI-Wisconsin members, email Traci at BoldWriter67@yahoo.com.
LORA HYLER – Listserv Coordinator
Lora Hyler has completed the manuscript of her middle grade novel, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes, and has begun the second in the series while actively seeking an agent. She will join the faculty for SCBWI’s upcoming fall 2017 conference. She holds a 2016 Jade Ring award from the Wisconsin Writers Association for an adult short story, several screenwriting awards, and has published many corporate articles. She is the recipient of a 2017 artist residency at Marnay sur Seine, France and two previous residencies at Noepe Center for the Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. More about Lora at www.hylercommunications.com
More Volunteers! *All email adresses are located on our home page (click a purple name on the left bottom sidebar to send a message)*
Traci Bold coordinates critique groups.
Kate Lindsay, JoAnn Early Macken, Sandy Brehl, MJ Diem coordinate our social media posts on Facebook and Twitter as well as the Yahoo listserv.
Colleen Riordan and Genevieve Artel are our blog editors for the SCBWI-WI regional blog page. Check it out here!