Catherine Lanser is a writer from Madison, Wis. who grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She ate so much salmon as a child, if you cut into her you would find flaky flesh that you could easily lift away with a salad fork.

She has lived in the Midwest her whole life and writes blogs, essays and narrative nonfiction about her life and growing up as the baby of a family of nine children. Catherine is looking for a home for her first full-length memoir about how she found her place in her family, told through the lens of her brain tumor and her father’s stroke.

She reads a lot of memoirs and writes about the brain, migraines, being sick, and other things. If you want to learn more about why she writes about illness this link will take you to an article Catherine wrote on that topic.

Catherine is a board member of Wisconsin Writers Association. Are you a Wisconsin writer? Join her as a member of this premier Wisconsin writer’s group.  

Writers, do your characters speak to you? If so you’re not alone. Neuroscience proved it’s true.

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Do you use writing prompts?

An Ode to Jello: Are Writing Prompts a Recipe for Creativity? https://t.co/kamlYtWS31 via @GoodMenProject

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Do you know more introverts, extroverts, or people in the middle? This article says there are about a third in each group.


You can’t always see how the flowers will look as you plant the seeds. But in time you will. https://t.co/LVRctk8uru

Between 1910 and 1997, Black farmers lost about 90% of the land that they owned, whereas White farmers lost about 2%, due to discrimination against Black farmers from The USDA



Since we can’t go anywhere, I’m thinking of the food and drink I miss from other countries. Right now I’m craving Portugal. Does anyone know how to recreate that magical cup of coffee? I know pastel de nata will have to wait until I can return, but maybe a galão is within reach?