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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Visits Wilmington University

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Barbara Walsh visited Wilmington University on Thursday, March 22 for a writing workshop and book reading. Students and faculty gathered in the Library café to hear the award winner speak.

Throughout the workshop, Walsh gave numerous helpful tips on how to beat writers block, overwriting and over-editing. She cited many personal experiences she endured throughout her career as a journalist and spoke about writing her memoir, August Gale, and children’s book, Sammy in the Sky. “The anxiety of writing is often worse than the writing itself,” said Walsh.

Walsh’s memoir, August Gale: A Father and Daughters Journey into the Storm, is based on the true story of her ancestors’ fight through the August 1935 hurricane that held deadly consequences for the fishing families of Marystown, Newfoundland. The memoir also includes stories from her father’s troubled childhood – stories that had been untold for 65 years.

Her children’s book, Sammy in the Sky, illustrated by Jamie Wyeth, is based off of the loss of the family dog through her two young daughters’ eyes. This is a truly touching story of the difficulties children often face when accepting the death of a pet. Since publication in August 2010, the book has sold over 25,000 copies.

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Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - New Castle, DE