Chris Eirschele

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Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

I attended for the third time Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat in May, 2018. Though I had been to the bookcamp portion two previous times, this year I chose the writing retreat. The retreat allowed me to write at my own pace, personalize my goals, and carve out informal one-on-one time with writers and instructors.

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Jimmy Moon

The character Jimmy Moon is Gavin Doyle’s  Newfoundland dog. He is 150 pounds of fluffy black that stands atop webbed paws. Gavin Doyle and water are his best friends, which bothers Merriweather to no end. The calico cat has a difficult time avoiding water in the greenhouse in her rush to scamper away from piles

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Potter's Bench Greenhouse - Location Location Location

Readers may think Potter’s Bench Greenhouse is as much a character in the story as any person, dog or cat.  Potter’s Bench Greenhouse is an assembly of three glasshouses similar to the ones pictured here. Home to the protagonist GlenAnne Flannery, her dog, Abbie, and her cat, Phoebe. Once Abbie dies, GlenAnne discovers she is

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Nonfiction Writing Sans the Garden

My nonfiction writing has not always been about gardens or plants, strictly speaking. After all, dogs and cats are often found among our plants in our gardens. The story finally built from the unexpected times we explore and journeys that take us into big gardens may have little to do with its original point. “Standing

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The Irish Backstory

I met Mary, the librarian, at The Irish Cultural & Heritage Center of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee a few years back. She gave this novice writer in fiction a tutorial on the Irish world; she patiently sat with me and answered my questions about Northern Ireland. I needed a backstory to explain how a young girl

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Characters First

I found it difficult to write a plot line without naming names. Who was this person or that creature? And, who was it he or she would be doing or where were any of them going? Would they want to go? How without knowing this person or that place, could I reasonably predict his or

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A Silly Question Perhaps: What is a Garden Writer ?

Writing about gardening, the act of growing plants, is like any brand of non-fiction. Brand writers live the thing we write about: travel writers go places, foodie writers cook, and garden writers grow plants. We learn from first-hand experience, a kind of “writing what we know,” and connect with people who have like-minded interests and