Monday, January 14, 2013

Ron Rindo teaches POV January 26

So what is point of view anyway?

WAUKESHA – Many fiction writers puzzle over point of view. Whose head should we be in? Should we be in first, second or third person? The decision affects your entire story. Author Ron Rindo comes to Waukesha on January 26, 2013, to explain it all in “The Crucial Point of Point of View,” an AllWriters’ Celebrity Saturday event. The class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and has a fee of $85, which includes lunch.

Writers labor over opening sentences, plot, conflict, setting, figurative language, carefully crafted sentences, and resonant endings, and yet, point of view is the story. Choose poorly there, and there is no story worth telling, no matter how carefully one writes and revises everything else. If a story is made of cloth, point of view is the thread, inextricable from the whole and yet seemingly invisible. Point of view (which must include some discussion of character) will be the focus in this class session—how it works, why it works, which choices are best, and why. We’ll spend some time examining and discussing examples of the many different options and then we’ll complete several engaging exercises that provide you with hands-on opportunities to explore the strengths and weaknesses of several of these options in your own writing. By the end of this class session, you will know far more than you thought possible about point of view, one of
the most crucial elements in a fiction writer’s toolbox.

RON RINDO has published three award-winning short story collections, most recently Love in an Expanding Universe (New Rivers Press, 2005) and nearly two dozen short stories and essays in journals and magazines. His 2009 essay, “Gyromancy,” appeared in The Gettysburg Review and was reprinted in The Best American Essays, 2010. Two recent short stories, “The Return of Migrating Birds” and “Horses,” can be read on-line at and A 1981 graduate of Carroll College, Ron is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. He lives on a hobby farm in Pickett, Wisconsin, where he and his wife and family keep a small orchard and raise chickens and Shetland sheep.

To register for this class, call 262-446-0284 or go to and click on Celebrity Saturdays.

AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop is located at 234 Brook St., Unit 2, in Waukesha. We offer on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes and registration is available online at or you can call 262-446-0284.

Kathie Giorgio
Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC
Author, "The Home For Wayward Clocks"
234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284
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Monday, January 7, 2013

What's Up from Redbird

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"You have the skills, plus the story, plus a lifetime of memories,
plus the passion to write. It's time to tap that well."

Judy Bridges, Founder of Redbird Studio
and author of Shut Up & Write!

1. From the Bird's Nest
2. Workshops, January, 2013
(Milwaukee, Waupaca)
From the Bird's Nest . . .
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This is the time of year when we speak of resolutions, the things we are going to do and not do in the coming year.
The first several years that I taught a January session of Shut Up & Write, I shared my list of top 10 resolutions. Eat less. Exercise more. Be nicer to my mother. Finish that special writing project….
Nice list. But it never changed. Every year, I hoped it would need editing, but no, the issues remained, including that one about writing The Book.
If this has happened to you, have heart. I am but one of many who stalled and stalled until we finally kicked it in the butt and got the job done. If we did it, you can, too.
Is this your year? I hope so. To help, I've broken the Shut Up and Write seminar into individual workshops so you can master one skill at a time, take one class or all, whatever works for you.
The best plan of all is to attend the monthly Shut Up & Write workshops, and as soon as you are ready, join the Redbird-Redoak roundtable groups for continued feedback.
We are all in this together. We start out with The Same Ol' List, and eventually, with a little help from our friends, we get the job done.
Let's make this the year we kick it in the butt.


Itchy Pens – Start the New Year Right
Wed. Jan 9, 2013, 6:30-9 pm, $45 (snow date Jan 23)
Milwaukee, WI

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“Itchy Pens” is for all who want to write, know it's time to get moving, and could use a little boost to get started.

"Itchy Pens" helps you get your feet on the ground, walking in the right direction. Learn what it takes, the steps in the process, and how to write the all important first lines of an article, memoir, or the novel you've had in your head for years.

Registration required.
Bring your favorite notebook and pen.
All levels, all genres, welcome.

The RedBird-RedOak Classroom at The Marian Center
3195 S. Superior St., #205
Milwaukee, WI

To Register:
• Online, with a credit card or your PayPal account, click here.
• By mail, send your check and contact info to:
Redbird Studio
3136 S. Indiana Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Important: Class is Fragrance Free. I am allergic to fragrances, including those in lotions and shampoos. Please check labels and wear only FF products into the classroom.

Email or call Judy:, 414-481-3195
Register now for any or all of the Four Shut Up & Write! workshops scheduled for January through April, 2013. All cover fiction and nonfiction.
"Itchy Pens: Start the New Year Right" Wed. Jan 9, 6:30-9 pm
"Bring Characters to Life" Wed. Feb 6, 6:30-9pm
"Get Your Thoughts Organized" Wed. Mar 6, 6:30-9pm
"Get Happily Published" Wed. Apr 3, 6:30-9pm

Click here for details.

Writing About Your Life & Family
Sat, Jan 19, 12 noon-3:30pm $35 (snow date: Jan 26th)
Waupaca, Wisconsin

Holly History Center
321 S Main Street, Waupaca, WI

Whether you are a beginning writer or a pro, this workshop will help you mine the riches of the people, places and events in your life.

Did you really get married on a motorcycle? What was it like to live through a dire illness, or visit Grandma, or dance on a cobblestone street? Would you like to write memories of your life or your family, to give as gifts, or maybe to just get-it-down for yourself?

I'm working on stories of my own this year. For me, the writing takes all kinds of forms - short stories, personal essays, monologues and one act plays. Whatever form you choose, the important thing is to bring the story to life, to keep your readers engaged. In this workshop, you will:
  • see samples of things others have done with their writing - gifts, family keepsakes, published collections and novels
  • recall unique experiences, funny stories and bits of wisdom that your family treasures
  • decide where to begin so it is lively and interesting
  • learn how to find your natural writing voice
  • learn from the writing, yours' and others'
  • learn skills that are transferable to other types of writing
  • get a list of helpful resources
  • enjoy the company of others who like to write
Important: Class is Fragrance Free. I am allergic to fragrances, including those in lotions and shampoos. Please check labels and wear only FF products into the classroom.

To Register:
• Online, with a credit card or your PayPal account, click here.
• By mail, send your check and contact info to:
Redbird Studio
3136 S. Indiana Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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The Writer magazine

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Midwest Book Review

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