There are people who tend to do a lot of things behind the scenes. They are organized and efficient and there’s no one who doesn’t like them. She is able to rally the troops and she is good at asking for things.

You might have seen Ruth at the library over the years, but I want to introduce you to Ruth is the conference director at Lakefly Writers Conference. This annual conference happened this weekend and I have to tell you, I think it was the biggest and best one yet.

Ruth and her team of incredible volunteers and workshop leaders and keynote speaker all did a wonderful dream of bringing together writers to learn about the craft and the business of writing for publication.

When I moved here six year ago Lakefly was my very first conference or event I did. It’s always the first weekend in May at the conference center and so it was an easy walk for me. I had been worried about moving here without knowing anyone but I walked into that conference and I knew I had met my people. Art, whether it’s writing, singing, dancing, or the visual arts, is a connector. The first conference back in May of 2017 I didn’t feel so alone and I had a glimmer of hope that maybe I would find some friends and find a little place in Oshkosh.

If you have ever had any aspirations about writing then there’s a writers group at the Oshkosh Public Library the first and third Saturday downstairs from 10:00 – 12:00. Please come!

This conference would not be possible without the support of our magnificent library.

When people post on this page it’s usually about restaurants or plumbers or retail shops. But I wanted to shout out my support for Ruth and the Lakefly Writers Conference. I love living in a community that values the arts.

We writers sometimes live in our heads, we spend hours and days alone banging away on our computers wondering if what we do matters. But then we come to a conference to learn and connect with our people and it’s such an amazing feeling.