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Saturday, April 21 • 10:00am - 11:15am
The Muse of History: How history inspires creative writing

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History has allowed writers for centuries to turn real life events into dynamic prose, poetry and fiction... and more. From Broadway's Hamilton to Hillary Jordan's Mudbound to George RR Martin's Game Of Thrones (Starks and Lannisters -- try the Yorks and the Lancasters!) to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (which took its inspiration from  Beowulf but also the battle at the Somme, the Boer War and more), real life facts are often not only stranger than fiction, it's often the inspiration for some of our most fantastical tales.

Our esteemed panel will talk about the ways that their work is inspired by history, how you can mine the archives for your next big idea. This is a must for the history buff and the rising star novelist.

This curated panel session will be moderated by UWGB chair of the History department Dr. Heidi  Sherman.

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Judy Dodge Cummings

As a veteran teacher of 26 years, Judy Dodge Cummings knows what kind of historybooks put kids to sleep. As the author of 20 nonfiction books for children and teens,Judy’s goal is to write stories that not only wake young readers up, but also transportthem back in time. She’s... Read More →
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BJ Hollars

Organizer, UWEC
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently and From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human. In spring of 2018, his latest work, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, will be published Hollars serves as a mentor... Read More →
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Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga has published four books of poetry: 200 Nights and One Day, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, Justice Freedom Herbs, and Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals. Her Pushcart Prize nominated essay “Community Inclusive... Read More →
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Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. In writing Between Earth and Sky, she has drawn on the experiences of a close relative, a member of the Ojibwe Tribe, who survived an Indian mission school in the 1950s. Between Earth and Sky is Amanda's first... Read More →
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Joyce Burns Zeiss

 Joyce Burns Zeiss wrote after retiring from teaching junior high and doing volunteer work with Cambodian and African refugees. Out of the Dragon’s Mouth, her debut YA novel, is based on the experience of a fellow teacher who fled post-war Vietnam in a fishing trawler... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
Neville Public Museum Classroom 1