Guest Writer/Journal Posting
Novelist Kathleen Ernst will visit Write On, Door County in late February. Write On partners with Peninsula Music Festival on Feb Fest III, an afternoon of music by Scandinavian composers inspired by her novels on Saturday, February 27. On Monday, February 29, 1-4 pm, Kathleen will conduct a writing workshop for Write On at the Sister Bay Library. Full details on both programs can be found on our events page.
How did you become involved with Write On?
I write (among other things) the Chloe Ellefson mysteries. The protagonist is a Wisconsin curator, and the plots feature special historic places and stories. The Light Keeper’s Legacy is set on Rock Island, and several of the books have a Scandinavian theme. This delightful collaboration began almost a year ago. I was contacted on behalf of the Peninsula Music Festival, and asked if I’d be interested in participating in a winter concert program featuring Scandinavian composers. That grew into the invitation to participate in the Write On residency program, and offer a workshop to local writers. I’m thrilled on all counts, and very grateful for the opportunities.
What can people expect when attending your workshop?
I developed “Writing Your Family Stories, Your Way” because so many readers have told me that they want to write about their family or community history, but aren’t sure where or how to begin. Participants can expect to find a creative and nurturing environment in which to explore and experiment with several different kinds of writing. By the end of the afternoon people will, I hope, be inspired and ready to keep writing.
What advice can you give our aspiring Write On Writers?
First, study your craft and practice writing–every day, if possible. Second, read widely; and when you discover a book or poem you love, pause and consider why you love it, and what you can learn from it. Finally, believe in your own voice and the power of your stories. Consider feedback thoughtfully, but remember that ultimately, you’re in charge.
Write On News
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