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Local rock star authors Mike Medberry and Kate Riley will be teaching a free memoir workshop. Have a story? Now is the time to get it on paper. With fun exercises and amazing insight, these two can take you to the next level regardless of where you are in your creative process.
Register with Sheridan Brett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet your teachers:
Kate Riley is an author, teacher, and international story consultant who lives in Hailey, Idaho. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newsletters, and she co-authored The Green Velvet Journals with her mother, Vee Riley, also a writer and resident of Hailey.
Kate teaches writing camps for kids and young adults, as well as ongoing weekly writing groups for adults. Kate is a driving force for writers of all ages, writing all genres. In March 2013, Kate taught "Writing the Memoir" at the wonderful Almassera Vella in the village of Relleu Spain. Kate has presented at numerous writing conferences thoughout California and Idaho. Her most recent success was program director for the 1st Annual Wyoming Writing Retreat held at Triple Peak Lodge in the Wyoming mountain range during the full moon summer solstice. Kate taught The Art of Writing Memoir for Community Ed through the Boise School District as well as for the Boise Public Library! Be sure to visit Kate's Inside Scoop! page for upcoming 2013 events!
Kate works as a story consultant for clients across the United States and England. She has helped many writers complete books for publication. Kate served as an administrator for the Colonnade 2012 Non-fiction Writing Contest for CJM Books, a publisher located in Rochester, NY. Kate is a member of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and a Roster Member of the Idaho Writers Guild.
Kate began her storytelling career at age six during a live broadcast of "The Mayor Art Show" in San Francisco, CA. She doesn't remember how she ended up as a contestant but suspects her father, John D. Riley, had something to do with it. Later she attended Antioch University Santa Barbara and it was there she realized her passion for writing. Life hasn't been the same since.
Mike Medberry has served as a senior environmentalist for several local and national conservation organizations and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Over the past twenty years he has written nonfiction for Northern Lights Journal, High Country News, Black Canyon Quarterly, Hooked on the Outdoors, Stroke Connection and the e-magazine Writer’s Workshop, as well as short fiction.
In the spring of 2000, Mike Medberry, a longtime advocate of conservation with American Lands, the Wilderness Society, and the Idaho Conservation League, suffered a stroke in the remote wilderness of the Craters of the Moon in Idaho. He was rescued after nearly a full day lying alone and contemplating death in one of the harshest yet most beautiful landscapes in the lower forty-eight states.
Medberry was flown to a nearby hospital about the same time that Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, on behalf of President Clinton, came to the Craters of the Moon to support protecting three-quarters of a million acres as a unique national monument, a conservation effort in which Medberry himself had already been personally involved.
This story interweaves Medberry’s own struggle to speak, walk, and think with the struggle to protect this brutal, lava-bound, but for him gentle landscape. Medberry’s recovery from the stroke and his struggle to protect the Craters of the Moon is a story of renewal, restoration, accommodation, and, ultimately, of finding workable compromises to some of life’s most difficult problems.