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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

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Tuesday, May 16 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Writing for Exposure: Why Writers Need to Get Paid for Communities to Flourish (And How to Do That)

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Discussions of creativity and commerce are confusing, controversial, and somehow still taboo. Writers are taught to “do it for the love” but what happens when they need to pay the bills? Local writers and poets consider the topic of commerce and creativity in writing. Guests include writers BJ Hollars, Patti See, and Julie Bowe, along with poet and teacher Karen Drydyke, Sarah Johnson of Esjay Copywriting, and Mike Paulus of Volume One. Elizabeth de Cleyre of Dotters Books will moderate.

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Elizabeth de Cleyre

Co-Founder, Dotters Books
Elizabeth de Cleyre is the co-founder of Dotters Books, coming soon to downtown Eau Claire. She works remotely for a publisher, holds a BA and MFA in creative writing, and regularly publishes essays and reviews. Though seminomadic at heart, she now calls Eau Claire home. 

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Julie Bowe

Julie Bowe is the author of the Friends for Keeps series and the Victoria Torres, Unfortunately Average series. Her first novel, My Last Best Friend, won the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program book. Her newest middle-grade... Read More →
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Karen Drydyk

English & Communications Teacher, Chippewa Falls Senior High School
Karen Drydyk is a high school English teacher in Chippewa Falls. She has taught junior and senior level writing, literature, and communications courses since 2011. She recently collaborated with her coworkers to develop a creative writing course, and it will debut next fall. Recently... Read More →
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B.J. Hollars

Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test.  Hollars serves as a mentor for... Read More →
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Sarah Jayne Johnson

Co-Owner, Esjay Copywriting
Sarah Jayne Johnson is the co-owner of a new small business in the Chippewa Valley, Esjay Copywriting. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing and Communications and is a member and contributor to the Chippewa Valley Writer's Guild.
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Mike Paulus

Online Editor, Volume One
Mike Paulus has worked in local publishing for almost two decades. He's been an editor with Volume One Magazine for over 10 years, where his "Rear End" column has appeared since 2004. He's a frequent contributor to Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life program, and he's hosted multiple... Read More →
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Patti See

Coordinator for Specialized Tutoring, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Patti See's work has appeared in Salon Magazine, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Journal of Developmental Education, Wisconsin People & Ideas, The Southwest Review, HipMama, Inside HigherEd, as well as many other magazines and anthologies.  She is a regular contributor to “Wisconsin... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
Volume One Gallery 205 N Dewey St, Eau Claire, WI 54703

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