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Breaking Out

Author of ‘Smashed’ exhorts University of La Verne faculty and students to follow their own dreams and draw upon their own experiences when writing, as she did.

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  • February 22, 2013

Lisa Luedeke’s dream of writing a novel became reality when her first book, “Smashed” was published in August 2012. On Wednesday, in the University of La Verne Campus Center’s Sarah & Art Ludwick Conference Center, Luedeke urged La Verne students and faculty to pursue such dreams as well.

In an hour-long presentation, Luedeke discussed her new novel about Katie Martin, a high school field hockey player with a bright future who faces many challenges, including bad relationships with alcohol and her high school’s most popular boy.

She encouraged the more than 150 high school students, parents, teachers, University students and University faculty in attendance that they too could start writing because everyone has had experiences from which they can draw material.

The event was hosted by Janice Pilgreen and Janie Stahly of the University of La Verne Literacy Center.

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