As part of our community outreach programs, writers-in-residence Catherine Jagoe and Judith Woodburn will offer scent-based writing programs for residents at Scandia Village in Sister Bay and Anna’s Place in Sturgeon Bay. These programs may be open to others if space is available. To inquire about participating, please call 920-868-1457.
Last year, writers Catherine Jagoe and Judith Woodburn presented The Scents of Endings, an interactive discussion and reading on the subject of scent and memory, at Scandia Village. Returning to Write On, they will offer a new version of the program, The Scents of Healing, with prompts related more directly to the experiences of illness, death, and healing. These include not only smells related to human experience but also more unexpected smells associated with disease in the natural world. The session will provide time for both oral recollection and writing exercises.
Prompts focused on the idea of comfort and healing—either participants’ own experiences in their personal lives or in the world around them—will explore what it means to heal or find comfort in various stages of life.
Catherine Jagoe is a poet, essayist and translator living in Madison, WI. She was born in Britain and has a PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Cambridge. Her book Bloodroot won the Settlement House American Poetry Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers’ Edna Meudt Award, and an Outstanding Work of Poetry award from the Wisconsin Library Association. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks.
Judith Woodburn is the author of six non-fiction books for children on the environment, mental health, and other subjects. Her essays and articles have appeared in many journalistic and literary venues for both adults and children, including The New York Times, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Milwaukee Magazine, and Mademoiselle. She was a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Program Literary Fellow and has led writing workshops at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Marquette University, and Woodland Pattern Literary Arts Center.