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June Melby Playing Miniature GolfCan you write funny stuff about people without making them hate you? Standup comic June Melby can. Her memoir My Family and Other Hazards reveals universal truths and individual quirks she discovered about herself and others while helping her family run an unprofitable, hand-crafted miniature golf course.

Michelle Edwards, Author & IllustratorDoodling can lead you to the right frame of mind to get things done and to unleash your creative flow. Author, artist, and knitter Michelle Edwards uses doodling, color, and other life hacks as a successful arts entrepreneur. Michelle won the National Jewish Book Award for her children's picture book Chicken Man. Her illustrations have appeared in several shows of children's book art. She's written a monthly column for the Lion  Brand Yarn Company, and her book, A Knitter's Home Companion: A Heartwarming Collection of Stories, Patterns, and Recipes received praise from author Jane Smiley.

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Author-Led Creativity Workshops at FAIRfest!

Sarah Prineas

 

Unleash your own creativity and encourage the kids in your life to develop theirs by attending special Fairfield Public Library author-led workshops during FAIRfest 2015! All three FAIRfest programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free and open to the public. The Magic Thief author Sarah Prineas (pictured at home with one of her goats) will tell kids and adults how "Heroes Get in Trouble" 2 - 3 PM Sat. June 20th.

Novelist Anna-Maria Petricelli's workshop, "Have You Written Today?" targets adults interested in writing and takes place Sat. June 20th from 10:30 - noon. Poet and writer Nynke Passi will lead a workshop for adults, "The Healing Power of Words," 1:30 - 3 PM Sunday, June 21st. For glimpses into the careers of all three presenters, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

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Nynke Passi

Unleash your creativity at Nynke Passi's free "The Healing Power of Words" workshop 1:30-3PM Sunday, June 21st at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Enjoy the benefit of Nynke's 16 years co-directing, teaching, and designing courses for an Undergraduate Creative Writing Program. Her workshop will start with expressive writing, but also introduce elements of craft.

Nynke's award-winning poems, short stories, and essays have been published in many literary magazines. Nynke earned her graduate degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and recently co-founded The Luminous Writer Literary Center.

For insight into Nynke's thoughts on the creative process and on how writers inject authenticity and depth into their work, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Nynke Passi on KRUU.

Say YES and deal with the fear later. Nick Jaina's adherence to that philosophy underscores his ability to successfully pursue a vast array of creative ventures. His latest success is an intriguing, poetic, music-centric memoir, GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, released in January 2015 by Perfect Day Publishing. Nick's other accomplishments include co-founding the Satellite Ballet and Collective and composing music for ballet, modern dance, feature films, and plays. His most recent album, Primary Perception, was released in 2013.

At 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 2nd Nick will share his music and writing at Earth & Water Tea Lounge & Pottery Shop in Fairfield, Iowa. Locals Nynke Passi and Malinda Gosvig will also share readings.

For a glimpse into how a creative whirlwind embarks on and sustains a plethora of artistic endeavors, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Nick Jaina.

The Magic Thief by Sarah PrineasFantasy Author Sarah Prineas, who penned the wildly popular Magic Thief and Winterling book series, will talk to kids & teens at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Sarah's talk covers how the heroes in her award-winning books make mistakes, take risks, and find their way toward heroism. Her visit is part of the library's 2015 Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's theme? "Every Hero Has a Story." 

Anna-Maria Petricelli and Nynke Passi will both present creativity/writing workshops for adults and older teens at the library as part of FAIRfest also. All three programs are free and open to the public. Check FAIRfest's Writing & the Arts Track site for dates and details.

Uncover details on all the free library programs for kids during Summer Reading Kickoff Day by dropping in to the library any time from 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Many groups will be on hand to explain and demonstrate other activities available for area kids this summer.

Youth Services Librarian Afton Hallauer packed the library's summer calendar with tons of free activities for kids. For a glimpse into FAIRfest and Summer Reading Program events being held at the library this summer, tune in to KRUU this week for The Studio with Cheryl and Afton!

Singer Songwriter Chad ElliottAward-winning singer-songwriter Chad Elliott's channeled his creative energy into 19 albums, two movie sound tracks, a kids' book line (that he writes, illustrates, and enlivens with original music), photography, ceramics, fine art paintings, and more. How does he do it?

Grace Gillespie Carter, AuthorFriendship helped Grace Gillespie Carter access the fortitude to plan, write, revise & self-publish City of Three Rivers, her award-winning epic novel set in Dayton, Ohio. As school girls, she and lifelong friend Rachel Hyde bonded over their shared love of writing. Eventually, they vowed to support each other's efforts to get their books written and published. Now both have succeeded: in December Rachel released her novel, More than We Know.

Grace's book, City of Three Riverscontains an intriguing mix of colorful fictional and actual historic figures (like the Wright brothers and quirky entrepreneur John Patterson). This novel's setting in flood-prone Dayton heightens suspense. With deftly drawn characters and a multigenerational approach, Grace's novel has won accolades from Dayton's current mayor and a number of authors. It also captured second place in the inaugural Inkfingerz writing competition. 

For a glimpse of how two friends urged each other on to self-publishing success, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Grace Gillespie Carter.

Anna-Maria Petricelli, AuthorHave You Written Today? Author Anna-Maria Petricelli's free creativity workshop for FAIRfest 2015 targets all writers who want to write more and wonder why they don't.

Born and raised in Croatia, Anna-Maria has learned a lot about what it takes to make one's dreams come true. As a 10-year-old, she vowed to one day live in the U.S. Nine years later, she moved to Iowa, where she earned a B.A. in Literature and graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of her class.

Anna-Maria's had three novels and three novellas published (using the pen name Erin Aislinn). Her latest book BLOODLINE: THE LEGACY is a vampire erotic romance. She's currently studying Linguistics in a graduate progam at the University of Iowa.

Eugene GaubHow do classical musicians celebrate Spring? With an amazing performance of Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata coupled with Gabriel Faure's colorful and delightful "Sonata in A Major." Fairfield's own husband-wife duo, pianist Eugene Gaub and violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub will present this lively program 4 PM Sunday, May 3rd at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery. Lucky enough to hear the Gaubs play these very sonatas--we're neighbors!--I have to say I've never heard Spring welcomed so well. Hearing them play together is an unforgettable, transcendant experience.

In honor of their upcoming concert, The Studio with Cheryl is rebroadcasting a fascinating interview with the Gaubs, who serve on Grinnell's music faculty. Be sure to tune in!

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