Last year, my friends Boone Dryden of the JB Dryden Company, and Niki Robinson of Robinson Writers spearheaded the first ever unconference for writers held in the Milwaukee area. An unconference is participant-driven event where all attendees are free to either attend or present. You can share your knowledge with others by hosting your own individual session, or you can just sit back and enjoy the socializing and creative inspiration.

Last year’s WriteCamp was a phenomenal success. I’m not sure of the exact attendee figures but it felt like close to a hundred people showed up – familiar faces and complete strangers alike all coming together in the name of words. Not only did I learn a lot from the sessions I attended and make a lot of new friends, but I also went home inspired and feeling like I was part of a burgeoning creative-writing community in the metro area. The event was extremely friendly and it does the heart good to spend a day around smiling faces. Oh, did I mention I got a sweet T-shirt and free dinner too?

WriteCamp 2010 is schedule for Saturday, June 5th from 9am-5pm at the Hide House in Milwaukee. The address is 2625 South. Greeley, Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI 53207. And you can learn more about it on the WriteCamp 2 website .

Oh, and it’s FREE.

No matter what kind of writer (or aspiring writer) you are, if you’re in or around the Milwaukee area on June 5th, don’t miss it!

~CGW