As part of our community outreach programs, writers-in-residence Anna Lee and Mary Carol Ghislin will conduct a writing program with participants in FYRE, a teen program at HELP of Door County. FYRE stands for Forging Youth Relationship Education, a council of high school students who work on social justice issues and ending domestic abuse. This program is open only to FYRE participants.
Mary Carol Ghislin has had a lifelong love of reading and writing, having graduated from high
school with 8 credits in English. She has spent her entire career as an English teacher, professional editor, and writer. She earned her way up to Supervising Editor at McGraw-Hill, but then retired (early) from her role as a Product Manager to launch a commercial writing business: marketing copywriting for the home gardening industry. The goal is to get control of her time in order to focus on her literary writing: poetry, and nonfiction for middle readers and young adults. She has published high school literature study guides for Glencoe: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Souls of Black Folk, and Invisible Man. She has published nonfiction for children through Harcourt: Organization Is the Key, and Machines of the Ancient World (translated into Mandarin).
Anna Lee is a Korean-American editor and writer who has worked in the field of educational publishing for the past fourteen years. While working in the publishing industry, she took evening classes at Northwestern University’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing program, eventually receiving her degree in 2011. Lee’s Capstone project was the seed that eventually became the draft of her work-in-progress novel. She is a long-time volunteer on The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus, which goes into different communities in Chicago and provides healthcare, food, and a listening ear to the underserved areas in the city. She live in Evanston, Illinois.