Michael Brecke is the former pastor of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Juddville and is a founding board member of Write On, Door County. He returns to the area the week of July 11 to lead “Sharing Stories With Someone You Love,” a three-part class intended to help people write the stories of their families, their friendships, and more. The class meets Monday, July 11, Wednesday, July 13, and Friday, July 15, 10 am – 3 pm, at a private farm in Juddville. Maggie Peterman recently talked with Michael about his class, his creative endeavors, and Door County.
MP: Where do you live?
MB: Kansas City, Missouri
MP: What author and/or book has most influenced your own writing and why?
MB: One is not enough: Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Norbert Blei.
MP: What is your writing discipline like?
MB: I write everyday, something.
MP: Can you tell us about your current writing project?
MB: Rewriting some children’s stories and working on a book about contemporary theology.
MP: What is you favorite place to visit in Door County?
MB: Gills Rock, Ellison Bluff Park, the Pioneer Store, the Mink River Basin.
MP: Unrelated to writing, what is your favorite activity?
MB: Hiking, walk-running, biking.
MP: How did you become acquainted with Door County?
MB: An early 1960’s visit to pick cherries and chase girls from Chicago. Neither worked.
MP: How did you become involved with Write On?
MB: Anne Emerson [another founding board member].
MP: What can people taking “Sharing Stories With Someone You Love” expect?
MB: To write and have fun.
MP: What advice can you give to aspiring Write On writers?
MB: Write and experience as much of life as you can.