Two authors discuss the process, explorations, and therapeutic benefits of writing
Amy Hallberg graduated from Carleton College in 1992 with a degree in German Literature. She holds certificates in Editing and Translation from the University of Chicago, and Creative Nonfiction from the Loft Literary Center. Following a two-decade career as a high school language teacher, Amy is now a Book Whisperer (aka intuitive developmental editor), Master Certified Life Coach, and host of the podcast Frau Amy’s World: Conversation with Real-Life Creatives.
2019 IPPY Bronze Award for Midwest Nonfiction, German Awakening tells the tale of a 1987 West German exchange trip and the lasting friendship that changed Amy's worldview. As Frau Hallberg, she spent the following decades unpacking German lessons on language, human nature, and -- most importantly -- herself.
Katherine Quie is a licensed child psychologist, mother of two, and lives in Saint Paul with her family. She loves group fitness, yoga, knitting, and recently founded ADHD&U as an outlet for her passion in supporting youth and families impacted by ADHD.
Raising Will is a heartfelt, humbling memoir written by a Texan turned Minnesotan mother and child psychologist. Her heart breaks for Will when he is repeatedly banned from Fun Friday in 1st grade shortly after he is diagnosed with ADHD. The family zig-zags through an obstacle course of therapies, medication side effects, tutoring, and sleepless nights, while shining a light on Will’s inherent strength – blues guitar. Her readers will surely recognize themselves in this story and find solace, laughter, and hope as they celebrate the surprising blessings ADHD can bring.
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