the creative process

Nynke Passe, The Luminous Writer Literary CenterPoetry, drums, chimes & Tibetan bowls are tools that can help you revitalize your relationship with your muse. That's what poet and creative writing professor Nynke Passi and sound therapist Kenny Kolter have discovered while collaborating on events offered through The Luminous Writer Literary Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

Beth Corning of Corning Works Dance Company"Ski behind skiers that are better than you are." That advice from her father inspired dancer BETH CORNING to craft a dance career that features interdisciplinary collaboration and celebrates the strengths of mature performers. A dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Corning Works, Beth's studied with outstanding teachers. Now recognized as a Master Teacher herself, she's served on faculty and as guest artist in dance programs in the U.S., France, England, and Scandinavia. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Corning! [Photo Credit Frank Walsh]

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle EdwardsCommunity knitters share warmth, and life-long knitter Michelle Edwards models this brand of kindness in her newly released picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Michelle will read this heart-warming story to kids and adults and teach kids to make yarn pom-poms Saturday, Nov. 12th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the At Home Store on the Fairfield, Iowa square.

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Gritty Dirty Sweaty Studio Work Leads to Moments of Rapture

Kenny Pearl, Author of  Dance GodsIf you want to create work, dive into other worlds: they give you enthusiasm and hope. So says professional dancer and dance teacher Kenny Pearl, author of The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir. Kenny lived in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. He danced for and with Martha Graham and later circled the globe dancing for the boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now on dance faculty at Canada's Ryerson University, Kenny works with emerging dancers and preserves the memories of legends.

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Nurturing Creativity Through Sweet, Strategic Friendships

 

Rachel Hyde & Grace Gillespie CarterTackling the writing and publishing process together proved productive for novelists Rachel Hyde and Grace Gillespie Carter. Though they live far apart, they've been friends for nearly 50 years and writing support pals for 22. For tips on how to craft relationships that foster creativity, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Rachel and Grace.

Absolutely, positively believe in the power of story. So says Michelle Edwards, award-winning author, illustrator and big time knitter. Her book, Chicken Man, was re-released this year for its 25th anniversary. Schwartz & Wade just released Michelle's newest book A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story of Knitting & Love. For tips on building your own inventory of story ideas to develop, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

Concussion book coverUnsung heroes populating tiny worlds intrigue award-winning writer Jeanne Marie Laskas. Thus, the obscurity of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian medical examiner who discovered a brain disorder destroying professional football players' lives, inspired her to seek him out.

The result? "Game Brain," a 2009 magazine article that appeared in GQ; Concussion, a Penguin Random House book published in 2015; Concussion, the Golden-Globe nominated movie starring Will Smith; and the Bennet Omalu Foundation.

Laskas, who's authored six other books, directs the University of Pittsburgh's Writing Program and is founding director of The Center for Creativity. For a glimpse into an award-winning nonfiction writer's creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jean Marie Laskas.

Book Cover of the Two Family HouseHer deceased mom's messy recipe box is one of author Lynda Cohen Loigman's most prized possessions, and it appears in the hands of Rose, a viewpoint character in Loigman's debut novel, The Two-Family House. "This book is for the women in my mother's family," Loigman's acknowledgment reads, but both men and women play pivotal roles in this richly-textured multi-generational story that explores the impact of sustained family lying.

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.