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Hey folks! The monthly Writing Workshop Workshop for April will be on Sunday, the 19th, at 2 p.m. As always, we will meet at Allyn’s Café in Cincinnati’s beautiful Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood.

Here’s why we had to move the date: on April 12, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be holding the Ohioana Library Association reception to recognize Hamilton County authors. Both Richard O. Jones and I will be participating. The event, held from 1:30 to about 4 in the main branch of the library, will include both presentations (including one to Kevin Grace, Head Archivist at the University of Cincinnati) and opportunities to talk with local authors and buy their books. Follow the link to learn more.

I hope to see you on the 12th and/or 19th!

If you’re looking for a friendly environment with good food in which to share your writing for some gentle, constructive criticism, the Writing Workshop Workshop is for you! We meet at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at Allyn’s Cafe in historic Columbia-Tusculum. Bring seven minutes’ worth of reading to share, $5 for the kitty — or more if you plan to eat or drink. We meet in the secret back room. I hope to see you there!

Hey everybody! The holidays and church obligations have sprung up on some of us, so we’re going to have to cancel tomorrow’s (Dec. 7th) Writing Workshop Workshop at Allyn’s Cafe. Our next meeting will be January 11 at Allyn’s.

Looking for a present for someone who loves Cincinnati? How about someone who used to live here but moved away? Or someone who’s new to town? Look no more! I bet you can’t guess what my answer is! Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati!

A holiday gift idea for lovers of Cincinnati!

A holiday gift idea for lovers of Cincinnati!

I accept cash, checks, money orders, PayPal, and Intuit payments. Just tell me the name of your recipient, his or her address, and include payment. Deadline for Hanukkah is December 12; for Christmas it’s December 20. (Please specify Hanukkah, Christmas, or “other” wrapping paper.) The cost of $30 covers one book, personalization, wrapping and shipping. (Local orders cost less.)

Hey everyone! If you’re looking for a group of people with whom to share your writing, meet us at Allyn’s Café on Columbia Parkway at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 12. We’re a great group of people who give constructive, gentle criticism. If you want to read your material, bring seven minutes’ worth to read, $5 for the kitty (more if you want to eat). The meeting is usually over by 4:30ish.

I hope we see you there! We’ll be in the back room.

Writing Blog Tour

I was invited on a Writing Blog Tour by Trudy Krisher (check out her blog at www.trudykrisher.blogspot.com). I’m ashamed to admit that I was on deadline when my “whistlestop” came, so I hope the train didn’t leave the station without me!

Trudy invited me to answer some questions about my work and writing process. Here are my answers.

1) What are you working on?
I just finished a book for the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing called University of Cincinnati College of Nursing: 125 Years of Transforming Health Care. The book will be published by Orange Frazer Press in time for the college’s 125th anniversary celebration in November. I really enjoyed learning about how UC’s nursing college was formed by a group of Cincinnati’s leading ladies, then went on to become the first to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and is now leading nursing education by offering online nursing degrees and using technology in nursing.

2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
So far all my books have been in the genre of nonfiction, but I have written for both adults and YA. I’d say that my work differs in that no matter what I write (I’m finishing up my first novel now), I want my readers to come away thinking, “Wow—I didn’t know that! That was interesting!” One of my supervisors also told me once, “That sense of humor of yours is never very far from the surface, is it?” He didn’t mean it in a good way, though. Incidentally, he is in my last book, Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati, but I won’t tell you who he is.

3) Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do for a variety of reasons, but often it’s because I’m asked to and I find the topic interesting. The College of Nursing book will be my eighth book. That means that half of the books I’ve published now were my idea and half were the publisher’s (or client’s) idea. But I have to find it interesting, or I wouldn’t be able to stick with it for an entire book.

4) How does your writing process work?
In almost every case—whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, magazine article or book—I start with a bubble map. I get all my existing ideas down on paper. I get all my “gaps”—my questions, or lack of knowledge—down on paper. Then I start researching, organizing or writing from there, depending on what type of work it is. But I always start with a bubble map. I have about 20 bubble maps going right now for books, essays and articles that I’d like to publish someday. It’s also a good exercise if I find myself stuck in traffic, or a boring meeting, or waiting in a doctor’s office without anything to read. When I finally get to the writing step, I tend to write nonfiction directly on the computer (because it’s less of a visceral process and more of an intellectual one for me). But with fiction, I tend to write it longhand, on lined paper. I spend a bit of time thinking about what type of writing implement I feel like that day. Then I think about what writing position and lighting I want to be in. It’s very organic.

Hey everyone! We’re meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Allyn’s Cafe on Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati’s Columbia-Tusculum area.

 

The goal of the Writing Workshop Workshop is to provide a gentle, constructive environment in which people can have their work critiqued and can critique the work of others. Bring seven minutes’ worth of material to read, $5 for the kitty, and extra money if you’d like to eat or drink. All genres are welcome!

 

If you’re new to the workshop environment, feel free to attend and not read until you get your “sea legs.”

 

See you Sunday! We’ll meet in the back room.

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