Writer is cultural center’s August artist in residence

M.K. Wiseman is the artist-in-residence for the month of August at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.

Though born in Wisconsin, Wiseman grew up in New Mexico and returned to Wisconsin when she was 8.

Wiseman found her creative voice in visual arts, particularly video, eventually falling in love with computer animation.

But because becoming a Pixar animator meant moving far from family, she gave up that dream and turned to her other love, books, and became a librarian.

The urge to tell stories stayed strong and soon she fell into the publishing world and writing. She writes historical fantasy and steampunk and almost always puts a dash of the real world into her work.

She has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in animation/video and library science and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Cedarburg Artist Guild.

Her first two novels have received recognition from the Chanticleer International Books Awards for the fantasy category.

Wiseman will work at the center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 13 to 17, and Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 27 to 31.

She will hold a workshop on character development writing from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

In this workshop, participants will learn robust character development for fictional stories. Students will walk away with guidelines, tricks and, hopefully, a cast of characters.

The fee of $42 for center members and $50 for nonmembers includes all supplies.

 To register for the class or for more information, visit cedarburgculturalcenter.org or call 375-3676.

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