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Shirley Showalter
Works at Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World
Attended Eastern Mennonite University, The University of Texas at Austin; Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents
Lives in Harrisonburg, VA
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Susan, you have a calling to help others find their voices just as you have found your own. Many blessings.
In a workshop on Valentine’s Day writers came with hopes that they might begin to write their stories. They shared their dreams and desires that they and those they loved won’t be forgotten. What is my story about, they asked...
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Thank you, Shirley. I truly never appreciated how wonderful an "encore career" could be . . . I am blessed that I can devote my time and energy to writing and teaching. The rewards are many.
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You've been amazingly productive, Susan. Congratulations. This book sounds like a genre bender!

As for your question, I was greatly inspired by my mother's 1942-45 journal, a great source to access what it was like to be a farm girl growing up in a Mennonite family in PA during WWII.
How many of us have taken a memoir and used it as jumping off point to write a novel? Well, that’s exactly what I did in my forthcoming novel, A Portrait of Love and Honor. It wasn’t my memoir. It was my late husband’s unpubl...
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Thank you for stopping by, Shirley, and sharing your own story about your mother's journal. Genre bender! Ha!  I love it.  

I incorporated John's memoir into a fictionalized love story with the support and encouragement of John and my sons, Alex and Daniel. Perhaps, that is another separate blog post . . . but their agreement and enthusiasm that I take a risk and present their father's memoir in this fashion was crucial to proceeding with this labor of love.
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You leave me breathless, Sonia. I knew you were changing and growing, as always, but I didn't know how much until you put it in a list! The list of things you need to do in order to make a living by writing is also very helpful. It's not for the faint of heart! But that's not your style. I'm glad you are following your own path and making your life an adventure. Susan, thanks for inviting Sonia to tell her story. You both have much to teach and share with other writers and authors.
Like many writers, I follow Sonia Marsh's Gutsy Indie Publishers Facebook page. I read her entertaining and poignant memoir, Freeways to Flip-Flops. I contributed to her first My Gutsy Story anthology.   I met Sonia last spr...
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I would love to organize an event on the East Coast where we could all get together and chat for a few days. I just got back from Miami where I met some wonderful authors who also received Awards at the Readers' Favorites ceremony. Thanks +Shirley Showalter for being there to support all of us. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Susan Weidener remembered that Sept. 19 a year ago was the book launch for BLUSH. So she shared this post in honor of the anniversary. I was honored by her presence once, and now I'm honored twice!
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What a wonderful evening of community and connection that was, Shirley. Your book really struck a chord in this "Pennsylvania" girl. It was a thrill to be part of your special evening. Happy Anniversary!
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Daughter Kate rocks the colors -- all of them! But my favorite part of this essay is the picture of her as a little girl.
Today The Hudsucker welcomes the multi-talented Kate Stoltzfus—digital strategist, blogger and host of CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh. The outgoing and congenial Pittsburgh inhabitant is also the crea...
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Great description of how PearDeck works in the classroom setting.
One of my favorite new finds this summer is Pear Deck!  My friend Susan from The Digital Scoop and I were blown away when we saw this web tool used this summer at the Great Plains Google Summit.  Pear Deck allows you to plan ...
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I can't believe this gorgeous essay has no comments. I hope this site is still alive. I found you because of the title of this essay. You write beautifully and perfectly express what I was reaching for myself.
image credit: Tilt-Shift Photography    When I was a boy my uncle gave me his complete set of diecast matchbox cars.   There is a photograph of me as a toddler hanging on to our family coffee table, grinning in the flashlight...
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Thanks so much for reading and sharing my article, Shirley. My site is still active. I write often, and I plan to add new articles to my blog soon, so stay posted. —Greig
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Are you having a good day? If not, hope this short post cheers you up!
Children teach us how to live in the moment and enjoy each day to the hilt. Follow along as Owen and Julia make a Very Good Day together on Julia's second birthday.
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Sorry, Cate. I'll be happy to delete your name from my writer's group, and I hope that will solve the problem. But I'm a little mystified, too, about how Google+ works.
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How my high school history teacher opened my eyes to racism.
I learned from Mr. Price that authors could teach me what it's like to be black and that I had a responsibility to learn from them. Joanne Gabbin continues to teach me.
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And here we are a year later with so many new adventures behind us. What never changes, however, is the precious gift of community. Write on, dear friend, and thanks for re-posting this precious memory.
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Writer friends, thanks for the shares of my Book Birthday Sale. The Kindle edition went to #1 overnight for Religion/Mennonite. The 1.99 sale ENDS today. So please share if you think your friends might enjoy. I'll probably be writing about the experience of celebrating the pub date anniversary this way. Fun! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F3GLH08
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How do you know whether, when, and how to write a sequel?
Readers have been asking if BLUSH has a sequel. I don't know the answer yet, but I do feel the Box in the Basement calling me to come investigate my life in the 1960's.
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Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World, Sept. 19, 2013
Employment
  • Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World
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  • Showalter Consulting Group
    President, Showalter Consulting Group, 2010 - 2012
  • Goshen College
    President, 1996 - 2004
  • The Fetzer Institute
    Vice President-Programs, 2004 - 2010
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Harrisonburg, VA
Previously
Lititz, PA - Goshen, IN;Kalamazoo, MI; Austin, TX; Falls Church, VA; Chapel Hill, NC - Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Writer, Speaker, Consultant
Introduction
My memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World tells the story of growing up in a special place, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on a dairy farm in the 1950's and 1960's. By writing this childhood memoir, I discovered that the moments that taught me the most were the ones when I was most vulnerable and embarrassed. Book summary below:

Little Shirley Hershey, named for a movie star, grew up with her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world. Three locations shaped her-a family farm, a country school, and Lititz Mennonite Church. She later became a college president and then a foundation executive, but the rosy-cheeked, barefoot farm girl never quite disappeared. As Willa Cather said, "Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen." This childhood memoir tells the story of a girl who might have left the church but found another way.
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Former president of Goshen College, presidential leadership award winner from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Married for 44 years. Mother of two adult children. Grandmother of two.
Education
  • Eastern Mennonite University, The University of Texas at Austin; Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents
    English, 1966 - 1970
  • University of Texas at Austin
    American Civilization, 1972 - 1980
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