Great River Writer Retreat winner announced

Discovering the Body, by Mary Howard

The Midwest Writing Center has announced that the terrific novelist Mary Howard, author of Discovering the Body and The Girl with Wings, is the 2016 winner of the Great River Writers Retreat. Congratulations to Mary! She’ll be reading at the

Book launch and contest!

Misty Urban, author

I’m excited to announce that the book launch party for A Lesson in Manners will be part of Muscatine’s inaugural Second Saturday event on June 11. Come to the Muscatine History and Industry Center between 5 and 8 pm to

Savoring (just for a minute)

I’m happy to report that our SISTERS reading at the Muscatine History and Industry Center to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 was, to my mind at least, a smashing success. Our readers were wonderful, simply marvelous. Each woman

A SISTERS Celebration!

A SISTERS Celebration!

I’ve long wanted to organize a reading from this beautiful book: SISTERS: An Anthology, edited by Jan Freeman, Emily Wojcik, and Deborah Bull, from Paris Press. I’m delighted to say that it’s happening this Tuesday, March 8, in honor of


And yours truly plans to be there, as part of the opening act.

New Events! Save the Date

I’m excited to announce the latest cool things in which I get to be involved: You can sign up now for my workshop on Researching and Writing Historical Fiction. We’ll discuss useful practices for conducting historical research and ways to