This February, the RPL Wordshop—a writer’s group with meetings that occur weekly—is celebrating its 6th month of going strong in downtown Racine! Sponsored by The Racine Public Library in conjunction with The BONK! Performance Series, The RPL Wordshop meets every Thursday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. upstairs by the east windows of the library’s Adult Department. Poets and writers of any age, experience level or background are welcome, with no registration necessary.
On a typical night, writers will share info about upcoming writing events in the community, hear a short presentation about a writing-related topic, have some time for a short writing exercise and share their work with one another before the night ends. Each week RPL Wordshop participants are given a writing prompt to work on, also, if they wish.
Writers of any kind are encouraged to attend an upcoming Wordshop meeting. Meet other local writers, learn more about Racine’s thriving literary community and get inspired every week to continue your passion and keep writing!
Upcoming RPL Wordshop Programs include:
Thurs, February 20–Guest Presenter—Writer Justin Grimbol speaks about Bizarro Fiction
Thurs, February 27– “No one knows this far into the future.“
Thurs, Mar 6th– Managing and Preparing Submissions for Publication
Thurs, Mar 13th—“So You Want To Make a Chapbook” or “So You Don’t Know What a Chapbook Is…”
Thurs, Mar 20th–Field trip to Racine’s Eco-Justice Center for the Spring Solstice, w/ a special seasonally-appropriate writing exercise
Thurs, Mar 27—“What is Erasure Poetry” + “Exploring The Racine Public Library’s Poetry Collection”
New writers are always welcome to join. For questions, contact Nick Demske at the Racine Public Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-619-2570.
RACINE, WIS. – The Friends of the Racine Public Library will host two author events in February and March. Racine native Nick Comande of “Climbing for Causes” will offer a presentation on Thursday evening February 27, and Donna Peterson, self-declared “World’s Worst Cook” will talk about how she came to write a cookbook – “and you can, too!” on Thursday afternoon March 13.
Firefighter Nick Comande, with no formal training whatsoever, has traveled from Africa to Antarctica, facing harsh weather conditions, delays, a plane crash and illness as he tried to raise money for various charities. At the Friends of the Library event, Comande will talk about experiencing new cultures, hardships, extremely low temperatures and his own personal highs and lows while trying to reach the top of some of the world’s highest mountains. His talk will focus on his climb up Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, and he will take questions throughout. The free event begins at 6:30 pm in the Adult Services department (2nd floor) by the east windows. No registration necessary.
Donna Peterson isn’t a typical author, especially of a cookbook. She declares herself the “World’s Worst Cook.” But that did not deter her from combining her collection of family recipes, and the stories about them, into a cookbook. Peterson will share how she accomplished this goal, and offer tips on how others may follow in her footsteps, whether compiling family recipes, those of a church or other organization, or your one’s own personal discoveries and adoptions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their recipes, a notebook, favorite cookbooks and anything else that may provide fodder for a personal collection. The free event begins at 2 pm in the Adult Services department (2nd floor) by the east windows.No registration necessary.
About The Friends of the Racine Public Library
The Friends is a volunteer group of Racine citizens who contribute time, effort and resources to promote and support the Racine Public Library. The Friends underwrite acquisitions, programs and other activities at and for the benefit of the Library, as well as acting as advocates for its role as a vital community institution. Friends’ regular fundraising activities include the used bookshop in the library lobby and semi-annual book sales in fall and spring, and the annual Breakfast with the Authors event. Learn more about the Friends of the RPL at http://www.rplfriends.org.