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Winner/Finalist Four National Awards:
Foreword Book of the Year, EGlobal, IPPY, and Next Generation
ISBN #978-097647427-2
The Writer magazine
"... coaching and humor that inspires and shows you how to become the writer you want to be."
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."
Midwest Book Review
"... one of the most helpful books on writing that I have read."
Redbird Studio
3195 S. Superior St. Rm. 209
Milwaukee WI 53207
414-481-3195
redbirdstudio.com
jb@redbirdstudio.com
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
414-881-7276
(mailing address) P.O. Box 342
Genesee Depot, WI 53127
redoakwriting.com
kim@redoakwriting.com
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     
SHUT UP & WRITE! with Judy Bridges
The Class that Inspired the Book
FOR BEGINNING AND EXPERIENCED WRITERS
Redbird Studio, in the Marian Center
3195 S. Superior St. Milwaukee 53207
 
Winter - 2015
6 Saturday Afternoons
Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21 (Snow date: Feb 28)
12 noon - 3 pm (bring your lunch if you want)
$345 (deposit to hold place in class: $100)
 
Register early. Class fills quickly.
 
Registration Information for Shut Up & Write!
Fee: $345, due no later than 14 days before class starts
Deposit: $100, holds space until final payment is due
 
Payment options:
  1. Register by mail by sending your check and contact info to Redbird Studio, 3195 S. Superior St. #209, Milwaukee, WI. Include your phone, address, email address, and start date of the class.
  2. Register through Pay Pal with your credit card, or with your Pay Pal account.
Fee Options
  • Your registration will be acknowledged via email, or by phone.
  • If you cancel more than 14 days before the class begins, your payment will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee.
  • If you cancel less than 14 days before the class begins, your payment (less the processing fee) will be refunded only if we are able to fill your space in the class.
  • There is no refund for drops or missed classes.
  • If Redbird Studio cancels your class, you will receive a full refund.
Develop your skills
Build confidence
Get moving!
This nationally known class has helped many writers get moving on the road to success. It doesn't matter whether you are just starting out or have been writing for years, there is always more to learn and this is a great opportunity.
Enjoy the company of a small group of people from all backgrounds, all ages, all levels of education and experience. Beginners use this class to learn the brass tacks. Pros use it as a tune-up or to polish skills in added areas of writing.
One reason for the success of the class is that it attracts the right people - those who want to learn, are willing to work, and have a sense of humor. Let's face it, people who want to sit around and wait for good things to come to them, will not take a class called Shut Up & Write!
Judy specializes in sharing practical tips and techniques you can use to write fiction and nonfiction stories, articles, memoirs, essays, plays, and corporate communications. Learn how to:
  • Get your thoughts (and materials) organized
  • Bring your characters to life in fiction and nonfiction
  • Write powerful, attention-grabbing scenes
  • Get, and hold, your readers attention
  • Master Point-Of-View, Show vs Tell, and Narrative Drive
  • Get, and give, useful, encouraging, critique
Be inspired
Get focused
Write!
Judy Bridges is the founder of Redbird Studio, and author of the award winning book, Shut Up & Write!
What students say:
"I can't remember the last time I enjoyed something as much as I enjoyed this class. I felt safe, stimulated and inspired."
Marie Moody New Berlin, WI
"Gave me the help I need to organize and make something out of my thoughts."
Tricia Mowen Austin, TX
"Simplifies the process for me, even as an already professional writer."
Judy Fossen Delafield, WI

Waupaca Book Festival

April 16 - 18, 2015 Details to be posted at a later date

Writing Life and Family Stories

May 31 - June 6, 2015 At The Clearing in Door County, WI Details to be posted at a later date
WRITING LIFE & FAMILY STORIES
The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
Sun-Sat. May 31 - June 6, 2015
Whether you are a beginning writer or a pro, this workshop will help you mine the riches of the people, places and events in your life. Did you really get married on a motorcycle? What was it like to live through a dire illness, or visit Grandma, or dance on a cobblestone street? Would you like to write memories of your life or your family for publication, to give as gifts, or maybe to just “get it down” for yourself?

Life stories can take all kinds of forms—short stories, personal essays, monologues, poetry, tributes and one-act plays. Whatever form you choose, the important thing is to bring the story to life, to keep your readers engaged.

In this class, you will:

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 her own life and family stories.

Judy will contact students prior to class.

Class is appropriate for all levels of experience. (Note: Judy is allergic to fragrances. Please plan to use FF products during this week. Click here for information about Fragrance Free products)

Register with The Clearing
920-854-4088 or toll free 877-854-3225

Location:
12171 Garrett Bay Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
920-854-4088 or toll free 877-854-3225

www.theclearing.org

Womens' Writing Retreat

Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2015 At The Clearing in Door County, WI Details to be posted at a later date
Recent Events
 
E-PUBLISHING/SELF-PUBLISHING/CUSTOM PUBLISHING
The Publishing Institute at Mount Mary College
Saturday Nov. 15, 2014
10:45 a.m - 11:45 a.m
Click for Details
 
POINT OF VIEW: MASTERING THE TOUGH STUFF
Red Oak Writing
Saturday, Nov 8, 9:30-Noon
$25 ($20 for current Roundtable members)

Point of View (POV) is one of the trickiest bits of craft a writer needs to master. Get it right and your readers stay glued to the page. Get it wrong and they can't keep track of who's talking, thinking, or holding the gun.

You must select the right POV for your story. Should you choose first person, second person, third limited, omniscient, or one of a dozen variations? Should you change the narrator part way through, or use multiple points of view? If so, you need to know how and when do it so your readers don't get lost in the process.

This won't be the easiest workshop you've ever taken, but it will be one of the most rewarding.

Enjoy a morning in the company of other writers who like to learn. You'll see samples of the various POVs, and learn techniques you can use to master this tricky bit of craft.

(Note: Judy is allergic to fragrances. Please plan to use FF products during this week. Click here for information about Fragrance Free products)

SHUT UP & WRITE! with Judy Bridges
The Class that Inspired the Book
FOR BEGINNING AND EXPERIENCED WRITERS
Redbird Studio, in the Marian Center
3195 S. Superior St. Milwaukee 53207
 
Summer
4 Mondays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register early. Class fills quickly.
(This class is FULL. Please call (414-481-3195) or email Judy to be added to the wait list.)
 
Fall
4 Tuesdays, September 2, 9 16 and 23
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register early. Class fills quickly.
(This class is FULL. Please call (414-481-3195) or email Judy to be added to the wait list.)
WOMENS' WRITING RETREAT
The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
Sun-Sat. September 28 - October 4, 2014
Writers intermediate and above 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 read, write 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.

The Womens' Writing Retreat is designed for writers who want a solid chunk of time in which to focus on their work. In the mornings, we gather for warm-up 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.

Class is appropriate for experienced writers. (Note: Judy is allergic to fragrances. Please plan to use FF products during this week. Click here for information about Fragrance Free products)

Register with The Clearing
920-854-4088 or toll free 877-854-3225

Location:
12171 Garrett Bay Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
920-854-4088 or toll free 877-854-3225

www.theclearing.org

A FIELD OF DAFFODILS:
How to Write So It Knocks Their Socks Off
Fri. May 9, 2014
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

What can be more fun that writing a scene you know readers will love? Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, short form or long, there are techniques you can use to make your characters come alive, your settings feel real, and the action unforgettable.

Session includes tips, a short writing exercise, and useful handouts. Bring your notebook or laptop to take notes, and who knows, maybe write that scene so it knocks their socks off.

NOTE: Judy is highly sensitive to fragrances so please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, scented lotions, etc. Thank you!

This workshop is part of the Lake 2014 Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh, WI. Gain insight into the craft and business of writing at this two-day conference for beginning and established writers.

Register for the Conference and workshops. REGISTER

LIFE STORIES
The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
Sun-Sat. June 1 - June 7, 2014
Whether you are a beginning writer or a pro, this workshop will help you mine the riches of the people, places and events in your life. Did you really get married on a motorcycle? What was it like to live through a dire illness, or visit Grandma, or dance on a cobblestone street? Would you like to write memories of your life or your family for publication, to give as gifts, or maybe to just “get it down” for yourself?

Life stories can take all kinds of forms—short stories, personal essays, monologues, poetry, tributes and one-act plays. Whatever form you choose, the important thing is to bring the story to life, to keep your readers engaged.

In this class, you will:

  • see samples of life stories others have written: gifts, family keepsakes, published collections and novels
  • recall unique experiences, funny stories and bits of wisdom that your family treasures
  • decide where to begin so it is lively and interesting
  • learn how to find your natural writing voice
  • learn from the writing, yours and others'
  • learn skills that are transferable to other types of writing
  • get a list of helpful resources
  • enjoy the company of others who like to write

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 stories titled, You Drive, You're too Drunk to Sing.

Judy will contact students prior to class.

Class is appropriate for all levels of experience. (Note: Judy is allergic to fragrances. Please plan to use FF products during this week. Click here for information about Fragrance Free products)

Register with The Clearing
920-854-4088 or toll free 877-854-3225

Location:
12171 Garrett Bay Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
920-854-4088 or toll free 877-854-3225

www.theclearing.org