Celebration of the Arts, West Liberty Public Library, May 19 1-4 pm
Book Bums, West Liberty Public Library, West Liberty, IA, November 4
I gave a panel on preparing submission materials for querying journals and magazine, agents, and editors. Other panels covered marketing, setting, and writing in collaboration. Always great writing advice on tap at this event, and it’s all free.
Banned Books Reading, Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island, IL, September 27, 6:00 pm
Who does’t enjoy the naughty bits from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales. Full of lewdness and obscenity, and guess what—also classic, canonical literature.
Expressing the Psalms Workshop, St. Mary’s Monastery, Rock Island, IL, September 8-9
Great River Writer’s Retreat Reading, Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island, IL, September 6, 6:00 pm
Third Annual Clinton Book Festival at Clinton Community College, Clinton, IA, August 26
As part of a panel on writing with research, I shared this word cloud I generated at WordItOut.com about all the ways research can inform historical writing. We found quite serendipitous what emerged at the center—reminding us what real stories are all about.
Creativity Camp, Langwood Education Center, Grandview, IA, May 19-21
Rock Town Lit Fest, Rock Island, IL, May 5-6
Author reading, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, November 7
Fall fiction workshops hosted by Writers on the Avenue, October and November
Clinton Book Festival, Clinton Public Library, Clinton, IA, August 27
Author signing, Deana’s Java Cafe, Clinton, IA, July 9
Book launch party for A Lesson in Manners
As part of Muscatine’s first Second Saturday, an arts and music street fest, I threw a bash at the Muscatine History and Industry Center to celebrate the publication of A Lesson in Manners! There were drawings for prizes, etiquette competitions, a groaning table full of food, and, I hope, a good time had by all.
Writers on the Avenue Poetry Festival, Muscatine, IA, April 30
Read Local Program, Bettendorf Public Library, Bettendorf, IA, April 27
Author signing, Elly’s Tea & Coffee, Muscatine, IA, April 32
Classroom visit, City High School, Iowa City, IA, March 31
SISTERS Reading, Muscatine, IA, March 8
Several leading local women came together to read from SISTERS: An Anthology to celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, at the Muscatine History and Industry Center. This was a lovely, heartfelt, and moving celebration of sisterhood, women’s voices, and a community of accomplished people (and a front-page write-up in the newspaper the following day, too!). The event was taped thanks to faculty at MCC, and you might catch it running on the public access channel, Channel 9. Many thanks to sponsors Musser Public Library, Writers on the Avenue, and the Muscatine History and Industry Center for hosting this event.
Author fair, Moline Public Library, Moline, IL, December 5
Book Bums Writer’s Workshop, West Liberty Public Library, West Liberty, IA, November 7
Opening reader, SPECTRA Reading Series, Rock Island, IL, October 29
Researching and Writing Historical Fiction, Midwest Writing Center, October 17
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