FROM THE FRO

INSTRUCTOR INTERVIEW SERIES
That is a quote from Herbert Hoover. I know this because when I was a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and my dad came to visit me, we went to the Herbert Hoover museum, which I believe was in West Branch, Iowa, where President Hoover was from, and I got a red t-shirt that said the above quote in white lettering. That was the sort of thing my dad liked to do on vacations: go to funky little museums. I miss him.

Anyway, in summer, mine are the joys of Iowa, too, as I love teaching at the Writing Festival each summer. This summer I'm teaching:


  • WRITING THE POPULAR NOVEL IN ANY GENRE June 22-23
  • FIVE ELEMENTS OF THE NOVEL June 23-28
  • PLOTTING THE NOVEL July 14-19
  • FLASH FICTION IN A FLASH: WRITING AND SUBMITTING PUBLISHABLE FLASH FICTION July 20-21
Won't you join me? We'll learn a lot, write our hearts (and minds) out, and have a blast!


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I'm delighted and honored to have my 10-minute play, "Who's in Love with the Big Bad Wolf?" be a part of the Kathie Rasmussen Production Company's  Mythical Creatures Short Play Festival in Madison through February 9, 2019. Here I am (center, holding my pink fuzzy ear muffs--hey, it's Wisconsin and freezing!) on opening night with two of the three members of the amazing cast, Granny and Red. (The Big Bad Wolf must have gone off to his den before we could take the picture. I don't blame him. I think it was -1 below by the time the show had finished, around 11 PM.) The cast and director brought my words to life in a way that was way more powerful (and funnier and sexier!) than I could have imagined, and I am so grateful to them, and to the producer for choosing to include my play.

The other plays are by turns funny and moving, and it's always interesting to see how other playwrights respond to a prompt.

Now that it's January, I'm turning my attention to new plays, new festivals, new projects, and I'm writing and sending out new material--and hoping to send out more.

What about you? What are your writing or other artistic or professional or personal goals for 2019? Please share them in the comments!

Break legs, all! And... cheers!




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