Another Chance to Help Others Begin the Writing Process

The Art and Science of Creating a Novel

BALDWIN-WOODVILLE COMMUNITY EDUCATION

This class will offer one author’s unique approach to creating compelling fiction. She will share what motivated her to write, how she struggled with the writing process, and how, through trial and error, she completed her project. In the second session, the author will present what she learned on the road to independent publishing. The final session will give students a chance to explore their own writing with guidance from Roberta and others in the class. This class offers an intimate and safe atmosphere for aspiring authors to explore their own distinct writer’s journey.

Last year, Roberta Fiet Kuhn (pseudonym Bobbie Jean) independently published a book that has become wildly popular regionally—and the word keeps spreading! Her book is titled No Longer Afraid (Home to Lake Louise) and is available locally at gift shops, independent bookstores, through Wisconsin and Minnesota Libraries, and at Lulu.com as well as through all online bookstores. Visit her website at bobbiejeansbooks.com to learn more about her projects.

Instructor: Roberta Kuhn Date/Time: Thursdays 6:30-8:00 p.m.
September 29—The Writing Process
October 6—Independent Publishing
October 13—Writer’s Workshop
Fee: $20
Location: BWHS Room 121 Register by: September 22

Roberta Kuhn taught Adult Basic Education classes for CVTC for thirty years, where she helped hundreds of stu¬dents learn how to write essays, reports, and research papers. Since retiring from that profession, she has been busy with her own creative writing projects.

Independent Bookseller Orders NO LONGER AFRAID

I haven’t blogged in awhile…summer is busy with outdoor activities and grandkids, so writing of any kind takes a backseat. Unless I have some exciting news to share, that is.

The good news is that Hudson, WI, has a new bookstore. Many of us have sorely missed being able to run into a local bookstore for books or gifts for the readers in our lives. Western Wisconsin has great libraries, but sometimes we want to buy a book to cherish forever, and we don’t want to drive twenty-five miles out of our way to do it. Now you don’t have to!

Check out Chapter2books at 422 2nd Street, Hudson, WI. One of the friendly owners, Sue or Brian Roegge, will be happy to show you around their quaint little shop. You’ll just love the treasures you’ll find there including NO LONGER AFRAID. Yea!

Go to www.chapter2books.com to find the hours they’re open.
Happy shopping!

NO LONGER AFRAID gone GLOBAL

My sweet little book has taken me on local adventures of all kinds including library dedications, women’s expos, and wonderful book club gatherings. The adventure continues and you can now find the paperback online at Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Amazon as well as Lulu.com. The ebook is now available for downloading to the Kindle, the Nook, and all of the other ebook readers.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my adventures and have been encouraged to cross the river…the St. Croix, that is. So I’m planning a visit to “Saturday Morning” on Kare 11 and will let you know the date. In addition, No Longer Afraid will now be available in the twin cities libraries. Please let all of your friends in on the news so they’ll be ready for Book Two, the irrepressible Claire Holmes, and the heartbreaking news that will forever change her life.

Meet and Greet Bobbie Jean at Women’s Expo

Saturday
MAY 14, 2011
10 AM to 4 PM

WOMEN’S EXPO
Mystical Gardens
(formerly the Anderson Plant Farm)
W5415 890th Avenue
Baldwin, Wisconsin

The event will raise funds for the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties and St. John’s Social Concern’s Fund. I have been invited to showcase my novel, NO LONGER AFRAID, along with 20 other venders and musicians, as well as panel members and speakers discussing women’s issues. See the River Falls Journal, May 5th edition, or go to www.mysticalrosegardens.com for more information.

Hammond Book Club invites Bobbie Jean

Thursday
MAY 26, 2011
1:00 PM

HAMMOND BOOK CLUB MEETING
at the
RIVER FALLS GOLF COURSE
River Falls, Wisconsin

I have been extended an invitation from the ladies of the Hammond Book Club to discuss my first novel, NO LONGER AFRAID, with them. They are an enthusiastic bunch of women and decided to open it to the public, renting space, and advertising all over the place. Please come and join us. Have your questions ready for me! Oh, by the way, there will be coffee and wonderful desserts waiting for you if you manage to sit through the whole thing! See you there.

Dr. Phil is NO LONGER AFRAID

Recently, Dr. Phil announced that he is beginning a year-long campaign “to protect kids from bullying and end the silence on domestic violence” (O Magazine). He is encouraging us all to become part of the solution by speaking up now!

As my character, Senior Deputy District Attorney Grant Harrison, says in the epilogue of my novel, NO LONGER AFRAID, “Somehow, we as a society, must become so intolerant of the bullying of children, so disgusted by the dating abuse and violence threatening our teens, and so outraged by the domestic violence against women and children that no one is afraid to report it. We must reach the point where there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the abusers will be prosecuted swiftly and penalized to the fullest extent of the law.”

Not unlike the hero and heroine of NO LONGER AFRAID, Dr. Phil wishes to educate us all about this blight on our society. Maggie and Mac stopped being victims when they decided to educate their clients and students about the devistating affects of bullying and domestic violence, gave them the tools they needed to recognize it if was happening to them, and told them how to stop it if it did.

Dr. Phil promises to do the same.

The Art and Science of Creating a Novel

Sometime last fall, Jill Goodrich, director of Baldwin-Woodville Community Education, asked me if I would like to develop and deliver a course based on my experiences as a writer and self-published author. I had already begun speaking to book clubs about NO LONGER AFRAID, so I had some idea about where to go with this. Jill came up with the clever title, THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CREATING A NOVEL, and I got to work. I decided to talk about why I was meant to write this particular story and what it took to get my ideas down on paper. Of course, I know how difficult it is to find a publisher and how much harder it is to publish independently, so I’m certain I’ll have no problem talking about that. And, for those who are interested, I want you to know that I’ll continue searching for a fit for my series. I entered the Penguin Books contest for independently published authors this month and, when the time comes, I hope to find a publisher for the second book in my series. Long story short, I’ll be at the Baldwin-Woodville High School on February 15th and 22nd from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you’d like to join us, call 715-688-6200 to register.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Book Clubs choosing NO LONGER AFRAID for 2011 Reading Lists

January 20, 2011

I couldn’t be more thrilled! The Director of the Hazel Mackin Community Library has invited to me discuss NO LONGER AFRAID with the Roberts, Wisconsin, book club. I will be available to sign copies of my book at 6:00 p.m. and then I’ll lead the discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the library. If you don’t belong to that book club, but want to join us, feel free to do so. The more, the merrier! (My own book club has been invited to join them and some may show up, but I’m pretty sure they are sick and tired of me and my book by now! After all, they were the first ones to read it a year ago as one of our selections and have had to listen to me talk about it ever since!)

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day from my dear friend, Patty Murphy! She has invited me to discuss NO LONGER AFRAID with her Ellsworth, Wisconsin, book club. I’ll be there at 6:30, Patty! I expect there will be chocolate!

March 16, 2011

I’m a happy, happy girl! Former River Falls’ resident and St. Croix County literacy advocate, Catherine Leitch, has invited me to discuss NO LONGER AFRAID with her Sun City West P.E.O. chapter book club. Since I belong to a local chapter, I’m particularly happy to be able to visit with them. Of course, my oldest daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren in Scottsdale will also be blessed by my visit! I think I’ll bring my husband along for the ride, too.

Signings of NO LONGER AFRAID

My first signing at the dedication of the HAZEL MACKIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY was nothing short of amazing. The heartfelt speeches of passionate supporters, the presentation of a beautiful building, and a huge crowd made for a crowning success. The citizens of Roberts, Wisconsin, should be very proud. I signed twenty copies of NO LONGER AFRAID and was invited to join a book club discussion of my very own book. What more could I ask for? Well, more signings!

Grand Re-Opening Celebration at ATTITUDES SALON, Hammond, WI, November 20th.

ATTITUDES SALON will have an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’ll be there to sign NO LONGER AFRAID from noon until 2 p.m. This signing is especially significant because Attitudes Salon is a very conscientious member of Salons Against Domestic Violence, and since my heroine is a survivor of this disgusting brutality, we are a perfect match! Read more about Salons Against Domestic Violence at www.cutitout.org

The CLEAR LAKE HOLIDAY EXPO at Lucky’s, Clear Lake, WI, December 4th.

Linda and Harry Tronrud will be hosting the Clear Lake Holiday Expo again this year. The Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find it the perfect place to buy many of your holiday gifts and then indulge in a one-of-a-kind Lucky Burger while you are at it. Lucky’s is located in the heart of downtown Clear Lake at 458 3rd Avenue and parking spaces are plentiful. I will be there with copies of NO LONGER AFRAID (a heartwarming, eye-opening tale for women of all ages) happily sharing a table with my daughter, Stacy Zignego, and her beautiful, hand-beaded watchbands.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Dedication of the Hazel Mackin Community Library

If you live in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and are free on the evening of October 30th, take a nice fall drive on I-94 and over the St. Croix to exit 10, turn right, and head into Roberts. The Hazel Mackin Community Library will be on your right.

The Dedication will be from 3:30 to 5:30, and I have been invited to be there to sign books. It will be my first signing, so you know how excited I am. I’ll see you there.

Home to Lake Louise

No Longer Afraid
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