Here’s what’s currently on Kathleen's calendar. She hopes to see you at one of these upcoming programs.

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Apr 16th, 2020 (Thu)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  National Literary Award Ceremony - Daughters of the American Revolution - Green Bay WI

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The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has chosen to honor author Kathleen Ernst for "outstanding achievement in her artistic field" with their American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature.

Kathleen was nominated for this national award by the Wisconsin Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (WSDAR). State Regent Brenda T. Majewski explained why they proposed her for this recognition.

"Education, historic preservation, and patriotism are the missions of the DAR. Literacy, American history, and classroom participation fall under our service projects. [Kathleen's] books fall easily into these categories, particularly the research that goes into the back stories of the Chloe Ellefson series."

National DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren will present the award to Kathleen at an afternoon reception in her honor, to be held from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, Thursday, April 16, 2020, during the WSDAR Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 333 Main Street, Green Bay, WI.

After receiving her award, Kathleen will make brief remarks, informally chat with attendees, and sign copies of her 38 published fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children (copies of which will be available for purchase).

NOTE:  The afternoon award reception is open to the general public, but prior registration and payment of an admission fee is required. To register, please click HERE.

The DAR was founded in 1890 and has 185,000 members, including 1,500 in Wisconsin. This non-profit, non-political, volunteer women's service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and educating America's children.

Apr 24th, 2020 (Fri) -- Apr 26th, 2020 (Sun)
6:00 PM
  Writing Workshop - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Decorah IA

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The Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa, has once again invited Kathleen to present her popular Exploring Your Heritage—A Writing Sampler Weekend.

Cherished family stories can be preserved in many ways. This workshop will introduce you to several types of writing, including poetry, memoir, fiction, and creative nonfiction. You will enjoy a variety of short writing activities designed to help capture memories or explore what interests you most about your unique family, ethnic group, or community heritage.

Inspired by Vesterheim’s rich collections and whatever personal memories or heirlooms you wish to explore, you will leave with drafts of several poems, character sketches, essays, and short stories.

The weekend's activities begin Friday evening, April 24th, and run through late afternoon Sunday the 26th. Prior registration and payment of a fee is required. The number of people who can participate is strictly limited in order to provide a quality experience for each person. To register and pay, please click HERE.

NOTE: Kathleen's workshop has filled! There is a waiting list. For details contact the Folk School at (563) 382-9681.

Apr 27th, 2020 (Mon)
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
  Author Program - Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Decorah Public Library - Decorah IA

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Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the award-winning Midwest-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

Kathleen's lively, richly-illustrated program will take readers 'behind the scenes' to reveal the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the now ten books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

The hour-long presentation will include details about the newest Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate. This emotionally powerful story begins and concludes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton, with most of the mystery taking place in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway—home of her mother's ancestors.

Kathleen will also share how her years working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke, and how she researches and writes their stories. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions and give away door prizes. She will also sign books, copies of which will be available for purchase at the event from Dragonfly Books.

The program starts at 7:15 PM, Monday, April 27th. Admission is free and open to the public, thanks to the Friends of Decorah Public Library and Dragonfly Books.

Kathleen writes historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including two lifetime writing achievement awards, an Emmy for educational television, and an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations. To date readers have purchased nearly 1.8 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of Kathleen's 38 published books.

Decorah Public Library - (563) 382-3717 - 202 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA

May 20th, 2020 (Wed) -- May 27th, 2020 (Wed)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #11 - Undisclosed location

Gone Writing in the Upper Penisula graphic by Scott Meeker.Kathleen and her feline muse Eliza Jane will be away from home and office from May 20th through the 27th working on the eleventh Chloe Ellefson mystery.

While she is away, business inquiries can be directed to her husband and business partner Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst") who will be manning the home office daily.

Kathleen Ernst, LLC - 7307 Vista Court, Middleton, WI

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