/**********************************************************************************************/ /**********************************************************************************************/
Shut UP Book Cover Shut UP Book Cover
Winner/Finalist Four National Awards:
Foreword Book of the Year, EGlobal, IPPY, and Next Generation
ISBN #978-097647427-2
Writer's Digest Book Awards - Judge's commentary
"... the perfect book for anyone who's ever considered a writing career but just couldn't seem to make the dream a reality."
The Writer magazine
"... coaching and humor that inspires and shows you how to become the writer you want to be."
Midwest Book Review
"... one of the most helpful books on writing that I have read."
Redbird Studio
3136 S. Indiana Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53207
This is the original "Redbird Studio" founded by Judy Bridges in 1993. Currently sponsors Judy's workshops and readings.
Redoak Writing
Director: Kim Suhr
3195 S. Superior St. #205
Milwaukee WI 53207
(mailing address) P.O. Box 342
Genesee Depot, WI 53127
The official successor to Redbird Studio. Offers writers' roundtable groups and other programs for adults and young writers.
Redbird Studio
   Founded by Judy Bridges, 1993   

The Writing Mentor Speaks Her Mind,
Makes You Laugh, and Lights Your Fire!

Redbird-gradation 2
Redbird Studio and Red Oak Writers
Say Farewell to The Marian Center

We started mentoring writers in the Marian Center in 1992, when the building was still known as St. Mary's Academy. At the end of June, 2016, the Center's doors will close, leaving us with our memories of the studio, the long shelves of published works, and the hundreds of wonderful people we met along the way.

Though the Center is closing, Redbird and Red Oak continue to support writers in various ways highlighted on our websites.

Our last events at the Center include: 1) a Writers' Showcase sponsored by Red Oak, and 2) a Gathering of Redbirds sponsored by Redbird Studio. 

LOCATION for both events:

Main Floor Social Room #210
3195 South Superior Street
Milwaukee WI 53207
Sponsored by Red Oak Writing
Thurs Apr 14, 6:45 PM (Optional potluck 5:00 PM)
Free and open to all

Presenting: Judy Bridges, Carol Wobig, Marjorie Pagel,
Jennifer Rupp, Christine Baerbock, Carolyn Toms-Neary,
Aleta Chossek, Lisa Rivero and Pam Parker
More info: www.redoakwriting.com or call Kim Suhr at 414-881-7276

Sponsored by Redbird Studio
Thurs, June 9, 6:30 PM (Casual party) 
Everyone welcome

As the doors to the Marian Center for Nonprofits get ready to close, we gather in the old social room to celebrate our years in the building, the rooms that sheltered us, and the friends we made. 
The party will be BYOB, so bring a beverage, and if you want, a nibble to share. We will have glasses and napkins, etc.
Dave is making a slide show of photos. 
We may have a short program.
Please come Fragrance Free!  Judy gets really sick from any scent in shampoo, lotion, hand sanitizer, and of course, perfume.
More info: www.redbirdstudio.com or Judy Bridges 414-481-3195




NEW for 2016

Where there was one, there will now be two — two Women’s Writing Retreats at The Clearing in Door County, that is. This week-long retreat at our favorite folk school has become so popular we decided to double it for 2016, with one session in May, another in September.

The added session will open doors for more women who are committed to their writing but have a hard time focusing on it in busy days at work and home.

The Clearing opens registrations in February. See www.theclearing.org

Women’s Writing Retreat
The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
Spring Session: May 22–28
Fall Session: Sept 25 – Oct 1

Writers cherish this week full of hours they can call their own. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, long pieces or short, for yourself or for publication, you will enjoy the morning warm-ups, quiet afternoons to write, and evenings to write, read, or hang out by the fire. Add a conference with a caring mentor, and the company of others who share your love of writing, and you are practically in heaven.

This class is designed for writers who want a solid chunk of time in which to focus on their work. In the mornings, the group will gather for warm-ups and optional feedback sessions. Afternoons are designated quiet writing time, giving you the luxury of writing in silence, with no interruptions, for as long as you please. Private conferences take place throughout the week and are optional.

Whether you want to work on your book, finish a short story, craft a nonfiction article or complete your memoirs, you are bound to make progress during this wonderful week.

Judy Bridges is the author of the award-winning writers' guide, Shut Up & Write! and the founder of Redbird Studio writing center in Milwaukee. Prior to founding the studio, she earned her living writing articles, short stories, plays and corporate communications. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in creative writing and adult education. Her next book will be a collection of life and family stories titled You Drive, You’re Too Drunk to Sing.

Level: Intermediate (some writing experience but you don’t need to be published)

Judy will contact students prior to class.

Note: Judy is allergic to fragrances. Please bring fragrance-free products to use during this week. Also, bring your copy of Shut Up & Write! with you, or you can purchase one at The Clearing Book Store.

The Clearing
P.O. Box 65
12171 Garrett Bay Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Phone: 920-854-4088
Toll Free: 877-854-3225
E-Mail: Clearing@Theclearing.org www.theclearing.org