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Listen to By Heart for Free

To my surprise and delight, By Heart has been selected for radio reading on KTWH 99.5 FM.The program Literally from the North Shore, created by Kay Anderson, is modeled on the classic “chapter-a-day” format and features novels, non-fiction, and short stories from...

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Expand Creativity — Gain Inspiration

It's back!  Thanks to the Saint Croix Falls Library and WITC I'll be teaching a six week creative non-fiction class called “The Relevant Personal Story” beginning January 16, 2019. Creative non-fiction uses the same tools as fiction – character, plot, setting,...

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By Heart goes to School

 Dr. Kellie Rolstad from the University of Maryland contacted me last week about using By Heart: A mother’s story of children and learning at home in her graduate class. “I loved your book,” said Dr. Rolstad, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning,...

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“By Heart” Now on Audiobook

When By Heart: A mother’s story of children and learning at home by Kathleen Melin was first published in 2008, it came with endorsements from social visionary Eric Utne, radical educator John Taylor Gatto, and Chicago poet Barry Silesky. In the intervening years, the...

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Creative Writing Warms Winter

What do you get when you take the contemplation of winter and mix it up with a creative non-fiction writing course?  A collection of stories based on personal experience with universal significance from a very wonderful group of rural writers.  I hadn't taught this...

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