Writing & Radio Opportunities

Compose a radio play, attend free classes, host a radio show

Join The Shire's Audio Drama Team and Write, Produce and Perform in a Radio Play

  • Are you a writer? Help us create the podcast series "Hush" and write a radio play.
  • Are you a SFX technician? Work on developing and performing sound effects.
  • Are you a composer? Compose an original theme and set a musical arrangement for the radio play.
  • Do you play instruments? Audition for the radio play band that includes keyboard, guitar, bass, violin and percussion.
  • Do you sing? Write lyrics and audition for the band.
  • Do you act? Help develop a role and audition for a part.
  • Are you any combination of these creative artists? Then join The Shire's Audio Drama Team and participate in as many areas as you like.


First production meeting is on Sunday, May 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third Street North. Writers begin meeting May 14th from 10:00 to 12:00 in the classroom space of ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N Fourth Street, Stillwater. Find out more details by clicking here and check out our website for all kinds of audio drama goodies! Contact Steph@theshireonline.com to find out more and to RSVP for both activities.


This project received funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Thanks to Kowalski's Markets for their sponsorship, to the Water Street Inn for their hospitality and to The IdeaPad for making online meetings among students possible in an amazing creative space.

The Creation of Hush

Don't Wait! Be the First Eight!

Thanks to the generosity of donors and our writing mentors, The Shire is able to offer free classes this summer to secondary students. Come experience a sample of what The Shire has to offer! Because we value building relationships as much as learning creative writing skills, class size is limited to eight students - first come first served. Don't wait! Sign up right away by emailing steph@theshireonline.com. All classes are held from 10:00 to 12:00 in the classroom space of ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater.


Ready. Set. Write! Thursday, June 16

Craft strong plots and create relatable characters in this class taught by published authors Mary Jane Schultz, Susan Schussler and Crystal LaBathe.


Best of Both Worlds: Short Story and Short Film Tuesday, June 21

Learn the conventions of short stories and screenplays while focusing on creating a strong setting, snappy dialogue and deep characterization. Writing mentor Eli Nord has produced short films and worked on a web series.


Cover that Novel! Book Cover Design Tuesday, June 28

Every book deserves a cover. Create a book cover for your short story, poetry collection or novel. Retired art teacher and Minnesota State Fair 4H Fine Arts Judge Stephen Forseth leads students in cover art composition.


Creating Living, Breathing Horses your Readers Will See, Smell & Feel Wed, July 20

Horses add power, beauty and strong emotion to a story. Learn how horses interact with each other and with people so that you can write about them accurately. Horsewoman Katie Clapp has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, multi-media producer and co-owns and operates Windy Ridge Ranch where she enjoys getting to know the personalities of their 48 horses and helping riders connect with them.


Writing and Rewriting: Revising and Editing Your First Draft Thursday, August 4

In this overview of the editing process, you will learn about the different levels of editing - developmental/substantive, copy editing and proofreading - and how to apply them to your first draft. Traci Post works as a professional editor and has worked in nearly every level of the pre-publication process.


Interested? Email steph@theshireonline.com and sign up today! Don't wait. Classes are open to the first eight students who register.

Have a Story to Tell? Join The Shire's Writing Clubs

The Shire's Writing Club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Conference Room of the Stillwater Library. New this summer: a Friday morning Fantasy Writing Club for those interested in world building and storytelling. For more information, see our writing club descriptions.


Meet Authors

Stay connected to what's happening when authors come into town. Check out this opportunity to meet Anne Greenwood Brown, Heather Anastasiu and Jacqueline West at Valley Bookseller's Authors After Hours on the evening of May 20th.

Be a Host or a Guest on the Radio Show VOICES IN THE VALLEY

Report Local Student News, come on as a guest to read your work and host professional authors and local luminaries during the radio show VOICES IN THE VALLEY.
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VOICES IN THE VALLEY airs every Saturday morning at 10:00 on KLBB 1220 AM

Email steph@theshireonline.com if you are interested in becoming involved.

The Shire

The Shire nurtures youth in their literary efforts, supports their creative writing goals and provides a welcoming environment for students to connect with teachers, mentors, writers and each other. The Shire offers a place for students who love storytelling to take creative writing classes, join writing clubs and step into leadership positions that support each other's artistic endeavors.