Cook to deliver keynote at writing awards program

Shawano Area Writers has confirmed that Marshall J. Cook will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 George Putz Memorial Student Writing Contest awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. April 28, at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

Cook has appeared on Oprah and published 30 books, including the four-book Monona Quinn mystery series, two baseball novels, and “Walking Wounded,” a love story set in 1944. His non-fiction works include books about writing and creativity, spirituality and Wisconsin lore. He holds degrees in creative writing and journalism from Stanford University.

For more than 30 years, Cook taught writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, where he co-founded the Writer’s Institute. He writes and hosts a twice-monthly radio program on “Writers and Their Words” on WLSP-FM in Sun Prairie. He also continues to teach in the Odyssey Project for students who’ve never had a shot at college.

The student writing competition is open to students who live or go to school in Shawano or Menominee counties. Students compete for prizes in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by grade groups 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12. The deadline for the contest is March 30.