SCHEDULE for 2018-2019
 We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month
Dan KohnDan Kohn

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Season Kickoff

Writing The Road South: On Detours, the Unexpected, And Taking the Road Less Traveled

How do our books change throughout the writing process?  And how might we embrace that change to benefit our books? Join author B.J. Hollars as he shares the behind-the-scenes stories of writing and publishing his award-winning book, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders.

Bio
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders,  Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test. Additionally, he has also written Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America, Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, Dispatches from the Drownings, and Sightings.  In the fall of 2019, his forthcoming book, Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians and the Weird in Flyover Country, will be released.  Hollars is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers' Blei-Derleth Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. He is the  founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.

OCTOBER 8, 2019


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NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Write Your Obituary: You Get the Last Word

Wondering how to best have your last say? Dr. CeCelia Zorn will discuss (a) specific parts of an obituary, (b) common characteristics, and (c) media considerations. You will leave this presentation knowing how to write an obituary that not only includes significant information, but is also personal, concise, and memorable. A full handout with helpful details and examples will be provided.

Bio
CeCelia Zorn is an accomplished author, award-winning teacher, registered nurse, musician, and Professor Emerita, University of WI-Eau Claire. She has taught obituary-writing classes with many groups across western Wisconsin and has also co-authored a 10-part obituary-writing series in the Chippewa Valley Senior Review. She lives with her husband Wayne and their dog Oreo in Eau Claire, WI.

DECEMBER 10, 2019

Christmas Celebration

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 JANUARY 14, 2020

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FEBRUARY 11, 2020


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MARCH 10, 2020

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APRIL 14, 2020


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 MAY 12, 2020


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Please note: While we make every effort to adhere to this schedule, there are times when TOPICS or SPEAKERS MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. And, since we meet in Wisconsin, there are times when weather causes us to cancel altogether. If we must cancel, we'll notify WWIB and WHEM radio in the Chippewa Valley by noon on meeting day. Thanks for your understanding!