Greetings from Madeline Island!

Hello from Madeline Island!

This week I am abandoning my haiku tradition and I am going to send little snippets of my trip in short form like a postcard or facebook post. In case you haven’t read my blog up until now, I am taking a writing class with Jacqui Banasynski, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Knight Chair at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The class is being held at the Madeline Island School of the Arts.

One of the assignments is to write short snippets of life that fit on a postcard or facebook post. The point is to reflect, using verbs that are active to create scene, description, action, metaphor, dialog, sensory detail, tension and emotion.

Our trip started last Saturday. We camped the first night here on the island. Here’s my first snippet.

The wind bellowed through the trees. It tried to extinguish the warmth of our fire. We huddled together and our cold bodies pulled heat from the fire like a fisherman reeling in a thousand pound tuna fish. Soon the wood pile was gone and the embers were no match for the late spring temperatures of Madeline Island. Through my chattering teeth, I said, “It’s going to be a long night.”

More snippets to come…

Have a great day!


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