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Incoming UW-Eau Claire student to have novel published in June

RELEASED: May 24, 2011

Amelia Kimball
Amelia Kimball
Photo credit: "The Look" Photography

EAU CLAIRE — An incoming University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman will have a book published and available nationwide June 21.

Bloomer High School senior Amelia Kimball wrote "Inside Out," a novel she started in sixth grade about two very different middle school students who trade places and have to work together to return to the way things used to be. Kimball said the book addresses common issues such as bullying.

"I really want students to feel like they're not alone in their fight to fit in or find their place," she said.

As a distance education student at UW-Eau Claire, Kimball recently completed "Introduction to College Writing" with English lecturer Traci Thomas-Card and associate lecturer of English Jasmine Krotzman. She enrolled in the course through Youth Options, a UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education program through which high school juniors and seniors can earn college credit. Kimball also has taken a UW-Eau Claire psychology course and a medical terminology course through Chippewa Valley Technical College.

"I feel like I'm able to get ahead in high school and prepare myself for college before I actually get there," she said. "I've really enjoyed all the college courses I've taken. They've been challenging, but I've learned a lot while having fun at the same time."

Thomas-Card said Kimball continually tries to improve herself in terms of her critical reading and writing skills, but also in her understanding of topics covered.

"Amelia is extremely conscientious and clearly puts her whole heart into projects for class," Thomas-Card said. She added that Kimball is unique in that she has an inherent talent for writing, and that she and Krotzman are very proud of her accomplishment.

"Amelia's writing is creative and detail oriented," Thomas-Card said. "She has a great talent for communicating her thoughts effectively through her writing."

Kimball will join the UW-Eau Claire community in the fall as a pre-medicine major and plans to publish another book during her time at the university. Her current project, she said, is about a high school student from a broken home who is in search of her father and her place in life. Kimball added that she'd love to write a sequel to her first novel if there's interest.

"I want to write for the rest of my life," she said.

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