Creative Writing Opportunities with Write On

Write On, Door County’s residency and educational programs bring a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages interested in creative writing and artistic expression.

Acclaimed novelist Lan Samantha Chang will offer a talk, “Nurturing Your Inner Life,” on Oct. 10, 6 pm, an opportunity for artists and writers to stay connected to an inner creative self. This program is offered free but registration is required. Chang is Program Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of the novels Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, as well as the short story collection Hunger.

Science journalist and nonfiction writer Ann Marie Cunningham will speak to the ninth grade class at Southern Door School as well as lead a creative writing workshop open to interested students in grades 9-12. During her residency, she will also work with Write On’s Teen Council. Cunningham is the co-author of the best-selling Ryan White: My Own Story, the autobiography of the teenager infected with AIDS who sued for the right to go back to school.

Chicago poet and part-time Door County resident Albert DeGenova offers the Norbert Blei Writing Workshop on Oct. 14, 9 am – 4 pm. DeGenova will present the essence of Norb’s “beginner” class in Norb’s very own writing studio, The Coop located at Write On. For burgeoning writers, this class will explore the major areas of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. For experienced writers, this class will offer insights into Blei’s writing aesthetic, as well as offer writing prompts to spark your process.

Romance novelists Valerie Clarizio and Virginia McCullough offer a two-hour workshop, “Write Your First Draft Fast and Finish Your Book Now,” on Oct. 14, 2 pm, at Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S. Second Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Presented in collaboration the Door County Library in preparation for November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), this program is presented free of charge. A wine-and-cheese social hour follows the workshop.

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