Artsy-Fartsy

I always wanted to be an artist. To me, art referred only to the visual arts; painting, drawing, sculpting. I would sit breathlessly in art classes in grade school and high school and imagine being overcome by inspiration. As if suddenly, I would be given the talent to put my personal vision on paper in…

BONK Me!

That sounds kinda dirty, doesn’t it? I lost my BONK! virginity last week when I shared a piece of original poetry at BONK! 118 here in Racine. This celebration of writing and music is held monthly (for around the last 118 months!) at various locations around town. The theme was social justice and the variety…

Ask a Mortician

Thank you so much to those folks who attended the obituary writing workshops. Great information and wonderful personal stories made it an event to remember. Part of being a funeral director is the ability to disseminate information in a way that is direct, honest and without judgement. My next workshops, offered on October 19th and…

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…

6th Street Love

I love hanging out on 6th street. Even though I am a Kenosha girl, born and raised, I have found a second home on 6th street in downtown Racine. First there are my beloved Over Our Head Players. This group and the crazy kind, ever expanding group of folks who work there came to me…

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…

Techno-gaga

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,…

Obits For Beginners

Hi folks, It’s been a busy week in WriterLand! Set the dates of my first workshops as Writer-In-Residence about writing obituaries. For those of you not familiar with me, I am a licensed funeral director with over 15 years experience at helping families navigate the plethora of emotional foxholes that present themselves when someone dies….

Comedy/Tragedy

It was the best of times, it was the worst…. Wait that sounds familiar! Sometimes we writers read so much that we forget what we haven’t written ourselves. With apologies to Mr. Dickens, that turn of phrase does describe my point of view though. Each of us has a story as unique as a snowflake,…