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Jim is continuing work on his play Pleasant View while participating in the Spring 2017 quarter of “Scene Shop” Play Development at  Chicago Dramatists. The opening scene of Pleasant View was given a staged reading as part of Chicago Dramatists‘ Scene Shop Showcase in December 2016.

This summer, Jim will focus on fiction writing and apply to the Master of Arts in Creative Writing program offered through Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies. Jim recently attended a three part fiction writing workshop led by Christine Sneed, faculty director of the the creative writing program at Northwestern.

Jim’s most recent storytelling appearance was in November 2016 at Kenosha Fusion. That event was part of Kenosha’s Big Read of True Grit. At the event Jim told his creative nonfiction story Judy and Cowboy Mac.

Jim participates in Toastmasters. To date he’s delivered six of ten speeches necessary to achieve the Competent Communicator award. Most recently Jim competed in the club-level spring contest, receiving runner-up for his inspirational speech Groundhog Day.