Let’s Be Bad

by Jessie Lynn McMains Sometimes, I want to do bad things. This is not a confession of nefarious plots or dirty thoughts. Maybe I should rephrase it. Sometimes, I want to allow myself to be bad at things. I want to let myself make crappy stuff. I want to let myself just make the absolute…

Seeking the Next Writer-In-Residence

Calling on all writers, age 18 and older, from Kenosha and Racine County. ArtRoot, a committee of artists and advocates, is accepting applications for a six-month tenure as Racine Writer-In-Residence. You can download application information and materials HERE. The person selected to receive this honor will serve from July 1-December 31, 2021 and receive a $1,200 stipend (75% upfront and 25% upon completion of expectations and an evaluation form.)

It’s Like a Cross Between Sex and Christmas

It’s been a week of making art, writing, listening to podcasts, reading new books, and getting a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine. I look forward to engaging with mankind again. However, as I’m both an introvert and an HSP, my engagement will find me in the wading pool of society rather than its deep waters.

Obit Workshop

If you missed the obituary writing workshop, here are the notes from the presentation for your perusing pleasure! Obituary Writing For Beginners   Patti Fitchett Racine Arts Council Writer-In-Residence  pattipotterfitchett@gmail.com Writing an obituary can be a daunting challenge. Whether you are writing one for a loved one at the time of death, preparing for the death…

Why Say Good-Bye When You Can Say Hello?

Everyone has things they’re good at, and well, not so good at. Right? Myself included. I’m not the best at taking criticism. I’m terrible at ignoring messes. And I totally stink at things like change, baking, and good-byes. Ugh. I confess I’ve been putting off writing this post–or even thinking about it–for a few days…

Where Would a B- Effort Bring You?

I was offered the same gift twice. I know that sounds a bit strange. Like there was some lame-o out there who gave me a pair of my own used socks or something. But that’s not the case. This gift was one that–while it was given to me twice–I could only accept once. The first…

This Week, a Poem & A Reminder

Transitions Seems this is the time for lots of change: The school year ends, that final bell letting freedom ring in a way no second graders’ song could ever quite accomplish. Teachers pack their classrooms into groaning cardboard boxes, stuff them into cabinets, the smell of dry erase and eighth grade boys in need of…

Is Inspiration Overrated?

Inspiration. It’s that nebulous idea that there is some sort of awesomeness out there just waiting to bring our senses–and our writing–to life. When we think of it, we conjure images of trees in a profusion of pink blossoms–or the opposite–with their colors ablaze in autumn glory. Or we think of big events: weddings, funerals,…

A Picture is Worth 550-some Words: Results of A Creative Prompt

I’m so excited. This Saturday is my chance to actually meet you. And your chance to come down to the Racine Arts Council to meet the creator of this week’s inspirational prompt piece, Eric R. Peterson. Eric and all the artists involved in the Vital Arts show will be here at 409 Sixth Street in…

Inspiration is Everywhere

Have you ever felt like there was nothing inspiring to write about? I have too. But not lately! This gig as the Racine Writer-in-Residence just keeps getting better and better. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and feel like I’m really getting into a groove. Today, I’d like to invite you to groove…