Category Archives: News + Tips

New children’s book celebrates Pella’s Dutch heritage

In 1847, 800 Hollanders made the long journey to Iowa from the Netherlands and founded the town of Pella. This fall, that story is being celebrated by the Pella Historical Society and Museums with A Place to Call Home, the latest children’s book published by the Write Place. Written by Rachel Line of Wahpeton, North Dakota, and illustrated by Sallie DeReus of Pella, A Place to Call Home tells the story of Jakob, a 10-year-old boy who has just arrived in Pella with his family. […]

Magical nutcracker goes on Christmas adventure in new children’s book

The Little Lost Nutcracker, written by Colfax author Shannon Kotz, is the latest children’s book published by the Write Place. Illustrated by Kotz’s son, Vinny, The Little Lost Nutcracker tells the story of Grant, a nutcracker who leaves a special heart-shaped walnut at children’s bedsides on Christmas Eve. There is only one rule Grant must follow: He must never be seen while leaving the walnut, or he will lose his nutcracker magic. […]

Not just frozen pizza: Exploring the transition to adulthood and continued Catholic faith in college

Young adults face a host of exciting and sometimes intimidating challenges when they leave home. For a Catholic college student, one of the biggest challenges is deciding how to live out their faith. Lake City, Iowa, author Jennifer Redenius explores this question in What Now?: A College Student’s Guide to Continued Catholic Faith, the latest devotional published by the Write Place. […]

More than a birthday wish? Local author explores the meaning of happiness in new children’s book

The Secret of Happiness, written by Pella author Karen Fitzsimmons and illustrated by Rowena Hoover, is the latest children’s book published by the Write Place. Brought to life by Hoover’s vibrant watercolor illustrations, Fitzsimmons’ book tells the story of Maggie, a young teenager who wishes for true happiness while blowing out the candles on her birthday cake. […]

Defining the creative process

Creative process is a common term, but could you define it? Obviously, it’s a process designers use to create things…but what does it really mean? Is it just brainstorming? Are there any other elements that go into it? If I asked you to define the word “creative,” every person reading this article would likely give me a different answer. […]




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