Nonfiction Ellen Rosewall comes to Write On this month! Ellen is the author of Sparkle Island: Stories of Love, Life and Walloon Lake, her memoir of her family’s 100 year old lake home near Petoskey, Michigan. She teaches Arts Management at UW-Green Bay. She will teach “Shaping Your Story: Creative Memoir Writing that Engages” on Wednesday, May 18, at the Ephraim Historical Foundation. I had the chance to ask Ellen about her upcoming visit to Write On.
How did you first become involved with Write On?
I first learned about write on when another arts organization in Door County recommended me to help write on with strategic planning. I spent two days with the board and staff helping to shape goals for the future. It was very exciting! This organization is so full of energy and is an incredible, unique offering in Door County.
What can people taking your workshop, “Shaping Your Story” expect?
You can expect to write, think, be creative…and laugh! We will do some exercises to help jump-start the creative process, taking stories from our lives and thinking of ways to present them that increase their interest for readers. I will share some writing that i love, and some of my own, which I hope will spur your imagination. I hope that participants leave with their brains full of ideas to write and share with others.
What advice do you have for aspiring Write On writers?
Stephen king once said that “it is the grit in the oyster that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.” That holds true except for at Write On, where the seminars and workshops are always pearl-worthy! Write on!