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A New Year - A Fresh Start

  • Thu, January 06, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom
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A New Year - A Fresh Start
(AKA Get Your Butt in That Chair) 

7PM - 8:30PM

Holiday taking a toll on your writing? Get a fresh start and get inspired with out first event of 2022. 

Join writers Christy Wopat, Kristine Hansen and Valerie Biel for a discussion about finding inspiration, how to keep going even when that inspiration just isn't there, and how to keep your butt in the chair all year long. 

We'll talk about: 

  • Identifying obstacles
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Charting your own path (and stop comparing yourself to others)
  •  Employing workable strategies for success

Meet the Panelists: 

Christy Wopat is the author of the award-winning memoir, Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies, as well as a picture book titled Always Ours, released in May of 2020. Her personal essays have been featured in Still Standing Magazine, The Educator’s Room, and MadCityMom, among others. Christy is a 4th-grade teacher and lives with her husband and children in Holmen, Wisconsin. Find her on Facebook at Um, You Guys? where she’ll make you both laugh and cry.

Valerie Biel is the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series, stories of magic steeped in the Celtic mythology of Ireland’s ancient stone circles. She primarily writes for the young adult and middle grade genres and is represented by Tina Schwartz of the Purcell Agency. You can learn more about her writing adventures at where she shares a weekly blog (named a top 50 Writing Blog by the UK Writers Hub.)

Kristine Hansen contributes stories about food, travel and design to Architectural Digest’s website, Midwest Living Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine and Milwaukee Magazine. She also authored Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.

Meet the Moderator:

Julia Nusbaum is the founder of HerStry Literary Magazine and the frazzled mother of a one year old. Her work has been featured in Peach Velvet Magazine, Mothers Always Write,Hello Giggles, Our Bible App, Pussy Magic Magazine, Reliving History and elsewhere. Her essay, A Better Mother, is forthcoming in Mutha Magazine.

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