Author Liza Wiemer Visits Upper School English Classes

University School of Milwaukee welcomed author Liza Wiemer for a series of workshops with Upper School freshmen students on Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21. 

Wiemer discussed her novel "Hello?" which is told from the perspectives of five main teenage characters interacting in the picturesque landscape of Door County's Washington Island. The book is described as weaving their stories together into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately, hope. 

The novel is also unique in that each character communicates in a very different style, utilizing narration, free verse poetry, screenplay format, and visual drawings as each viewpoint is conveyed.

Wiemer kicked off her interaction with students by sharing the "elevator speech" of her novel, communicating a synopsis of her book in a short paragraph and describing each of her main characters in a single sentence. She also shared her inspiration for each character, why they communicate in different ways, and related the material to freshmen students before engaging in writing exercises with them.

"'Hello?" is Weimer's debut novel. She has also written two adult non-fiction books, and is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate. For more information on Liza Wiemer and her novel, visit
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