The Writer's Journey -- Lessons Learned Along the Way

with Patricia Skalka

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Brown County Library - Downtown (Think Tank- Second Floor), 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301

Patricia Skalka has been a professional nonfiction writer her entire career, including nearly 20 years as a Reader’s Digest Staff Writer, when she made the jump to fiction. The transition wasn’t easy – but along the way she learned many valuable lessons. Among them: 1) Having an intellectual grasp of the process wasn’t enough; she needed emotional awareness as well (a visit to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona provided this insight). 2)  Writing is discovering – she had to experiment with different styles and approaches until she found what worked for her. 3) Competing with writers who worked faster or longer hours invited discouragement, she had to learn to write at her own pace and to recognize that the pace would vary.  Writing is hard work, but she believes that sharing the many lessons she has learned can help others in their personal journeys to success. This event is free and open to the public.


Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Author, Death in Cold Water

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death in Cold Water, winner of this year’s Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. The book is the third volume in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series, which also includes Death Stalks Door County and Death at Gills Rock. She is currently working on book four. Skalka turned to fiction following a successful nonfiction career as a Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor and book reviewer.