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.

Superheroes with Pens

Writers are rock stars. I wouldn’t cross the street to see Mick Jagger, but I’ve driven 500 miles on two occasions to see my literary heroes, Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) and Robertson Davies (The Deptford Trilogy), in Stratford, Ontario. In early adulthood, I wore a maroon T-shirt with the J.D. Salinger book title, The Catcher In The Rye, printed on it, replicating the paperback edition’s cover.

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 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…

What’s Your Story?

What is your defining moment? What one event in your life represents all of your triumphs and struggles? What part of your story is the most important? If you are a regular human like the rest of us, this is not easy. Our lives are made up of interconnected moments; joys and sorrows that comprise…


So many folks say that our interest in our phones to the exclusion of human interaction, and our time-consuming ego-driven social media frenzy along with the isolation that comes from feeling that while we are surrounded by information, we are bereft of genuine communication. And to those folks I say, “Cut back on your caffeine…

Writer Chick

One unexpected but very welcome part of the Writer-In-Residence gig has been the joy of meeting other artists. Starting with the Racine Arts Council Board and staff through the former WIRs, it has been a real pleasure to be able to put faces to the names I had read about and to add new faces,…

Seven Things Every Writer Needs to Succeed

 Every writer is unique, but there are some things we tend to have in common. Following is a list of things you might consider getting into place if you want to succeed as a writer.     1. A clear definition of “success.” Many writers’ definition of success includes an audience or the money having an audience can bring….