Saturday, October 20, 2012

Writing From Your Life

Last Saturday, at The Clearing in Door County, as rain splattered against the windows of the Jens Jensen Center, I worked with a wonderful group of writers.  I call the workshop “Writing From Your Life,” and I do it a couple times a year at this special place near the tip of Wisconsin’s thumb.

It was a great day for writing, gloomy, wet, but so beautiful as the maples and birch were in their full fall splendor.  The stories ranged from hilarious to sad, but all personal and written from the heart.  Long forgotten memories were recalled and put down on paper.  A record for the family.  History for the community.

For story writing tips, I suggest—with no modesty—looking at my new book RURAL WIT AND WISDOM (Fulcrum Press, 2012) where I have a long chapter on the importance of personal stories and how to write them.  Go to my website, for more information.  Or order directly from Fulcrum Press

THE OLD TIMER SAYS.  The history of a community resides in its storytellers.


October 24, 2:15 p.m., Wisconsin Library Assoc. Annual Meeting, LaCrosse Conference Center, LaCrosse, WI  “Garden Wisdom.”

October 30, 3:00 p.m. Bramble Books, Viroqua, WI.  Booksigning.

October 30, 5:30 p.m. Temple Theater, Viroqua, WI. Showing of “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.” Wis. Public TV. Refreshments.  Free to the public.

November 1, 6:30 p.m. Minoqua Public Library. Minoqua, WI. “Rural Wit and Wisdom”

November 7, Platteville Historical Society, Platteville, WI. “Garden Wisdom”

November 11,  5:15 p.m. Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison,” Garden Wisdom.”

November 13, Barnes and Noble Book Store,  Madison West. 7:00 p.m. Launch of
“Tamarack River Ghost”.

November 14, Columbus, WI Public Library. 6:00 p.m. “Tamarack River Ghost”

 November 15, 7:00 p.m. Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI. Showing of “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.” Wis. Public TV.   Free to the public. Reception with cider and cookies. Apps will speak and take questions from the audience following the show.

November 28, 7:00 p.m. “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.” State-wide broadcast on all Wisconsin Public TV stations.

December 1, 10:30-2:30 Fireside Books, West Bend, WI. Presentation at 11:00

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