Tag: nonfiction

Flash Memoir



 with Christi Craig

Saturday, January 21, 2017

(Registration Deadline: Mon, Jan 16)

In this workshop, we will define the purpose of memoir and the memoir essay (there is a difference!). We’ll look at traditional and nontraditional forms and talk about strategies for turning a personal experience or story into flash memoir (1,000 words or fewer). And, we will put pen to paper–because we learn best when we engage with the page!

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis


$45 (students & current Roundtable participants)

To register by mail, complete form and send check to

Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info


 CCraig-0181-300x199  Christi Craig lives in Wisconsin, working by day as a sign language interpreter and moonlighting as a writer, teacher, and editor. Her stories and essays have appeared online and in print, and she received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Competition, 2010. Visit her website at christicraig.com.

Red Oak for Schools

Choose from the programs described below:

school visit 1Pizzazz! Sparking Ideas for Creative Writers

Nothing to write about?!? Impossible! In “Pizzazz!” writers will participate in activities and exercises that “wake up” the creative side of their brains and open up a world of writing ideas. Ideas are all around us if we train our eyes to see them. (Teachers will come away with loads of writing ideas and topics, too!)



The Book You Publish Tomorrow Begins Todayschool visit 3

It’s time to begin your book, so put on your jacket — your book jacket, that is. In this engaging workshop, participants will learn what other young authors have published and participate in creative exercises to help them focus their great ideas into book-worthy material. Whether they like to write poetry, fiction or non- fiction, this workshop will give young writers a sense of direction and a plan for making their writing dreams come true.


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Writers’ Circles and Deep Revision

Moving beyond simple “peer editing,” this workshop trains young writers to give, receive and use feedback to make their writing come alive for their readers.




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The instructor will craft a program that meets your group’s specific needs.

Rate: $350 for a half-day, $500 for a full day. (25 students at a time. Add $15/student for additional participant.) The rate includes prep time, mileage (within 30 miles of Milwaukee), materials and instruction. Call 414.881.7276 or email: kim(at)redoakwriting.com to learn more and schedule your workshop.


Kim Suhr 2Instructor: Kim Suhr is the Director of Red Oak Writing and the author of Maybe I’ll Learn: Snapshots of a Novice Mom. She leads the Red Oak Creative Writing Camps in the summer and Teen Writers’ Circles during the school year. Kim holds English and Education degrees as well as an MFA in fiction.

Creative Writing Camps for youth entering grades 6-12

Time, Space, Support, Community…

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Led by accomplished writing coaches who tailor activities to the age and interests of each group, Creative Writing Camps provide young writers with the time, space, support, and community they need to nurture their passion for writing.

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Each day includes some light-hearted activities, age-appropriate lessons on the craft of writing and, best of all, time to write. The grounds at all our locations provide a lovely setting for gathering inspiration and listening to the writer within. We work outdoors as much as the weather will allow.

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During the week, our writers share their work with others in a small writing circle to receive valuable input and support. Many list this as their favorite part of the week because they may not have writing friends at school or in their neighborhood. Friendships form quickly and last beyond the end of our week at camp.

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On Friday, young writers stage a studio reading of their favorite writings. Participation is optional. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.

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Use the drop-down menu under “For Youth” to learn more


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