Waukesha Writers Workshop was established in 1951 with the support and encouragement of Miss Fidelia Van Antwerp, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Wisconsin Rural Writers Association (now Wisconsin Writers Association); she offered guidance in establishing this local writing group to provide an opportunity for writers to meet, exchange ideas and provide support.
Waukesha Writers Workshop grew throughout the years, met regularly, welcomed and encouraged many local writers. One prominent member was J. Boatner (“Bo”) Carter (1908-1961).
Bo Carter began his life-long involvement in writing as a newsboy, moving up to circulation manager, reporter, editor and publisher of a local newspaper. Besides owning and publishing five weeklies, he also wrote for the Waukesha Freeman. Throughout his life he remained active and involved in the business of writing and was instrumental in helping local writers achieve their goals.
In 1989 the Waukesha Writers Workshop established the Bo Carter Memorial Writing Contest to be held each year. Submissions must be unpublished, original works; cash prizes are awarded in essay, article, nostalgia, short story and poetry.