May 18, 2023
Dana and Mary Ann Devoe Community Room
39 Pine Street
Orono, ME 04473
Fred Irons speaks on "Developing a Writing Habit"
Thursday, May 18, 2023
"Developing a Writing Habit"
Fred Irons, Orono writer, author of several self-published titles, and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, will be talking about his writing process, writing adventures, and writing woes in the library's community room on Thursday, May 18, at 6:00 pm. After the program, he will offer a selection of his books for sale.
A shortish bio written by Fred:
Fred [1933--TBD] grew up in Southwestern Ohio, on a subsistence farm, and went off to Ohio State to become an electrical engineer for his working life. He met his wife, Sally, a Maine girl, in 1958 while they were attending graduate schools in the Boston area: Fred at MIT, Sally in a Dietetic Internship program at the Peter Bent Brigham hospital. They got married in 1959. That union permanently bonded Fred to the State of Maine. At age 70~Fred started taking trumpet lessons and played regularly in three bands for some time: The Bangor Band, The Sebasticook Valley Community Band, and Bill Stetson's Penobscot Winds. At age 75~Fred started trying to draw and paint and that led to a whole new life through art classes and friends at the Museum, the Senior Center, the University Art Department, and Senior College. He has dabbled in straight B/W drawing, pastels, acrylics, and watercolor. Finally, writing is a continuing habit, from the past 20~years, as Fred writes daily at his Commonplace Journals. The books that Fred has produced involve a variety of topics including: two electrical engineering textbooks; a church history; a personal biographical book for his son, a biography of his mother's life; sister-in-law Jeanie's novel; a biography of his father's life; a one-of-a-kind chess teaching and exercise volume; a book about his journey to become a Quaker Friend; a book about his chaotic world of art; a fiction story about a clever squirrel; and 35~completed volumes of daily pages/essays. It is the daily writing habit we wish to explore in this discussion.