The Author's Studio

The Edina Art Center Announces The Author's Studio Workshops

Slider's Son

10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 30Sliders-Son-Cover

Free Event!

Rebecca Fjelland Davis heard a story about a murder decades ago in North Dakota. Her source was a friend in his eighties who found the body with his dad, the local sheriff. The story was so gripping that Becky asked if she could write a nonfiction story about it. When she was well into the writing process, the friend decided he didn’t want his identity revealed, and asked that she turn the book into fiction and change all the identifiable details. No longer able to tell “what really happened,” Becky was faced with creating a place and characters and a plot worthy of a novel. Becky created a protagonist that bore only slight resemblance to her friend, and took her friend’s stories and notched them up with the question, “What if?” That changed some anecdotes into the novel Slider’s Son that won the Midwest Book Award for Young Adult fiction. Join Becky as she talks about the process of digging and imagining to make shards of reality into a story that stands up to novel-reading scrutiny.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day

10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 13Book jacket - Seize Your Life

Free Event!

This is a conversation and Q&A with author, speaker and lifestyle expert Jasmine Stringer on how to seize your life through authenticity, connection and mindfulness. When Jasmine said goodbye to her “corporate gig,” she realized she hadn’t been happy or fulfilled in years. So she made a choice not to stay miserable any longer and to do whatever work was required to find happiness wherever she could. She is now on a mission to help others to get their lives “JAZZ’ed UP!” too.

Through keynotes, workshops and coaching sessions, Jasmine guides her clients and audiences through a process of simple steps to help make their lives better. Her work supports them in achieving their definition of success. Jasmine introduces inspiration, revelation and change by leveraging her experiences from working with some of the world’s biggest brands.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Those Three Words: A Birth Mother’s Story of Choice, Chance and MotherhoodThose Three Words book jacket

10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11

Free Event!

In her presentation and Q&A, Christine Bauer, author of Those Three Words: A Birth Mother’s Story of Choice, Chance & Motherhood, will address how she faced one of the most wrenching and emotional decisions a woman must confront and how her decision impacted her life.

Bauer was just 18 years old and a few weeks into her freshman year of college when she heard those three words: “You are pregnant.” She was devastated, and she had excruciating decisions to make during a time when “out of wedlock” births were considered shameful and wrong, and our nation was witnessing violence against prochoice options. Bauer will also discuss the power of faith, family and love in helping her through life’s peaks and valleys, and the power and healing of storytelling.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Faces Don’t Lie: The Science of Expressions Applied To Portraits & Self-Portraits AlikeBook jacket - Famous Faces Decoded Cover

10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 8

Free Event!

With more facial muscles than any other species on earth, there’s nothing more expressive of emotions than people’s faces. Whether you’re an artist doing figurative painting, a photographer, or somebody just intrigued to learn how to read the feelings of others in social situations or in watching a movie or the national news on TV, here’s your opportunity to get introduced to the science of facial coding. Twenty-three facial expressions correspond to seven core emotions: happiness, surprise, anger, fear, sadness, disgust and contempt. The author will draw on examples from Hollywood, rock stars, athletes, politicians and CEOs to Rembrandt, Kahlo, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and posted selfies he’s decoded for Cosmopolitan magazine.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

German Awakening: Tales From An American Life Book jacket - German Awakening

10-11 a.m. Saturday, September 14

Free Event!

This is a talk and Q&A with Amy Hallberg, author, life coach and writing mentor, about her experience writing German Awakening: Tales from an American Life. This was a book 40 years in the making, with essential lessons about otherness and belonging. A small-town teacher’s child desperate for a fresh start, Amy traveled to West Germany as an exchange student in 1987, living with host parents whose childhoods were lost in the war. The experience forever changed the way she viewed the world, including her American culture. She spent the next three decades exploring and teaching German as a way of decoding life, language, politics and especially herself. Amy will talk about non-native language exploration as a way of re-visioning our world perspective, as well as how she sees German poets as heroes for today.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.