Jodi Schwen (“Jacqueline Pine Savage”) is a native of the lakes and woods of central Minnesota. She enjoyed a Norman-Rockwell childhood, but the town kids thought anyone from the country must live on a farm. They had no idea what they were missing. Growing up on a lake meant hours spent swimming and catching frogs in the summer, and skating and sledding in the winter.
Writing as “Jacqueline Pine Savage” has allowed her to protect the innocent while writing about north woods living through the years.
Schwen especially enjoys using stories from personal experience and daily life to encourage others to spark their own creativity. She believes, “Everyone Has a Story.”
She has been editor-in-chief of Lake Country Journal magazine (Brainerd) since 1999, and began as its contributing editor/writer in 1997. In addition to LCJ, her published credits also include Minnesota Monthly, Guideposts, personal experience, fiction, and fillers in various publications.
Her theatre background has led to concepting, writing, performing, and directing dozens of original dramas for retreats, churches, holidays, and small groups. (She has also been known to appear in character at the drop of a hat.) Her M.A.communication thesis includes an original drama written from the narratives of breast cancer survivors. She also teaches communication as an adjunct professor. Visit her website: www.jodischwen.com
INTRODUCING Jodi’s new book: Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage
Using the pen name of “Jacqueline Pine Savage” has allowed Jodi Schwen to protect the innocent while writing about life up north. Some call it “outstate” or the “boondocks”—Jacqueline Pine Savage calls it home. Either way, living in a rural community means finding the humor in north-woods living. In Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage, enjoy the sacred holidays of hunting and fishing seasons, family bonding when the dogs get “skunked,” and how to politely refuse the house tour when guests come a-calling.
Northern Comfort is a lively little volume of Minnesota Lake Country wit and wisdom, from a feminine point of view. From panty-hose, rock-salt, ice-dam breakers; to sweater-vest-wearing leeches in the back of the fridge—if you’re from Minnesota you’ll find something here to make you smile or chuckle or laugh out loud. And if you’re not from Minnesota, you’ll wish you were.- Douglas Wood, Author of 32 books, including Old Turtle and Fawn Island.
Bringing the down-low from up north, Jodi Schwen writes like Minnesota sounds. It’s like eavesdropping on a coffee klatch in a small-town cafe.-Peter Smith, Minnesota Public Radio commentator/essayist and author
Jodi Schwen’s Publicity Events:
Watch for an article in July/August issue of Lake Country Journal magazine.
Lake Country Journal will also hold a book giveaway contest on its Facebook page.
May 19: Brainerd Community Corner TV (2 pm)
Five day, on-air interview on 102.7 FM (TheWord.MN) May 26-31. The “Rise & Shine” program, 7 a.m. hour.
June 12: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Held at Q Gallery, Franklin Art Center, Brainerd (4:30-6:30 pm)
June 19: Crosby Library Author Talk (6:30-7:30 pm)
June 24: Longville Library author event (10:30-11:30 am)
August 4: Brainerd Library Brown Bag event (noon – 1 pm)
August 23: Northwoods Art/Book Festival, Hackensack (all day)
October 4: REMER: Fall Has It All flyer: Author Jodi Schwen will be here at 1:00 on Oct 4th at the Remer Depot. The Friends of the Library will be serving pie, coffee and hot cider.
On-air interviews also in the works for MCBI and KAXE radio.
~ Published on Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop website: www.humorwriters.org/2013/04/30/a-mothers-day-lament/
~ Essayist for Voices for the Lakes: http://www.envisionmn.org/voices-for-the-lakes/2011/4/18/fairy-tales-by-jodi-schwen.html
~ Grand Rapids MacRostie Gallery, selected essayist/artist pairing event
~ Selected as commencement speaker representing the master’s program at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.
Jodi is available for speaking, book signings, and other writing/humor/book events.
Previous speaking/lecture events include:
~ Three sessions writing/creativity, Central Lakes College, Lifelong Learning
~ Keynote, 4 sessions, all-day, MN Christian Writers
~ Lectured writing/publishing — Bethel University, Bemidji State Univ., St. Cloud State Univ., St. Scholastica, Brainerd High School, Pequot Lakes HS, Pine River HS
~ Brainerd IAAP
~ Christian Camp Directors Conference, Alexandria, Creativity Workshop
~ Crosby Library
~ Brainerd Writer’s Alliance
~ Jacqueline Pine Savage essays, taped and aired on KAXE
~ Unlimited Learning, Crosby
~ Mothers Preschoolers/MOPS in Baxter and Pillager
~ Golden-K Kiwanis, Brainerd
~ Wrote, acted, directed drama, and emceed events and retreats
~ Hearts-Women workshop, Breezy Point