Events for Memoir

Patricia can’t wait to see you in one of the cities listed below. Unless specified, Patricia will be talking about her memoir, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and a Dog. The “Will” in the title of Patricia’s new memoir has two meanings. First, it refers to her Border Collie, Willie, who came as a “troubled, spark of a dog,” who was loving and attentive, but also consumed by fear. However, the word “will” also refers to will power, which, as the book shows, is not enough to help a panicked dog, much less a dog owner overwhelmed with her own fears. Patricia will touch on her very personal story about how her beloved Willie first set her back, but eventually led to healing from the traumas in her own past that she had tried to "will" away for decades. Join Patricia as she details her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion.

March 7-10, 2018
Tampa, Florida
2018 Conference of the Associaton of Writers and Writing Programs
Patricia will join other writers on a panel discussing "Grief, Trauma and Loss" at the 2018 Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
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May 11, 2018
Oshkosh, WI
Lakefly Writers Conference
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October 16 or 17, 2018 (final date TBA)
Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Valley Book Festival
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Patricia will talk about her memoir, The Education of Will, and the dog who forced her to face her traumatic past. Written with “a gentle, comforting grace,” (as said by one reviewer), interweaving her work with troubled dogs with tales of her deepening bond with Will, The Education of Will recounts Patricia’s fight to reclaim her life—and relieve Will’s fears in the process. Their journey reminds us that, while trauma changes our brains and the past casts a long shadow, healing is possible—for both people and dogs.
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