WRITING HOME: a recap of the 2015 Storycatcher Workshop

StorycatcherposterOur fourth year of the  Story Catcher Writing Workshop and Festival has just concluded, focusing on the theme of “WRITING HOME: Capturing Your Place in the World.” We tried some new things this year: a weekend format, a beefed-up advanced “pre-session” workshop, and a greater emphasis on the RETREAT element of the workshop. Initial reports are that these innovations worked quite well this year–we had a great group of writers and writing faculty, and–based upon the readings we heard at the “mandatory mic” that capped the Festival on Sunday, some really EXCELLENT work emerged from these sessions. It was very inspiring for all of us to hear the writing that came out of the workshop this year.

Between our workshop faculty and the writers who attended, we covered a lot of geographical territory this year! From the Faculty: Anna Keesey, our writer in residence, hails from Oregon; Sean Prentiss, almost to the other coast, from Vermont; Alison Stine from Ohio; our emerging writer Rori Hoatlin from Michigan–and our local talent Steve Coughlin and Poe Ballantine, from Chadron–but previously from far-flung places across the country. There was a strong Nebraska/South Dakota alliance in our participants this year, with most of the writers coming to us from communities small and large within these two states. We learned that our attendees have lived and written and read in many unique places over the years, however. What an interesting and diverse group this year!

Our workshop continues to grow, and if you follow the blogs and recaps posted here for the past several years, you will see that we have been able to attract some major talent to lead our sessions–and we have been able to provide a wide variety of activities and workshops for participants. And, as so many of our attendees told me this year, it is all offered at an incredible value.

Those of you who participated this or previous years, PLEASE share some of your thoughts and comments at the end of this blog entry. We would love to hear from you!

Come join us next June for our FIFTH workshop (details follow at the end of this post). Follow this blog and website for information and updates.

Meanwhile–here is a recap of the 2015 Workshop:


Day One: Thursday, June 11th

While the General Workshop started on Friday, this year we offered a PRE-SESSION focused on more advanced writers who had completed work ready for critique and revision. They met with our writer in residence, Anna Keesey. Her advanced sessions were capped at eight writers, and were all full. She was impressed with the work that her writers brought to the sessions–and I heard reports from the participants that they were given tough, detailed and extremely helpful advice for further development and revision of their work. You can learn more about Ms. Keesey and viewing her profile from our workshop PROGRAM. Ms. Keesey met with her writers as a group in the morning, and then divided them up for one-on-one meetings throughout the rest of the day (and into the next):

That night, many of the workshop participants gathered for dinner at our favorite local hangout, the Bean Broker Coffee House, and we were then treated to a “sneak preview” of what was to come in the General Workshop when session leaders Sean Prentiss and Steven Coughlin gave an enthusiastic reading from their recently published books to a very receptive Bean Broker Crowd:

— CSC English/Hum (@outsideyourself) June 12, 2015


Day Two: Friday, June 12

The “official” start to the Storycatcher Workshop was Friday morning. All of the workshop participants, advanced and general, gathered in the atrium of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage center for a wonderful Craft Lecture by our writer in residence, Anna Keesey. Referencing her experiences writing and publishing her recent novel, Little Century, Ms. Keesey encouraged participants to make time for their writing, and make it a priority in their lives.

The title of her presentation was “Lollygagging: Emerson and Me and You.” What wonderful advice to emerging writers looking to complete their projects and to seek ways to share their work with a broader audience:

After a fun lunch break downtown with more mixing and mingling, writers returned to afternoon sessions focusing on Literary Nonfiction (with Sean Prentiss), Poetry (with Steven Coughlin) and Fiction (with Alison Stine). You can learn more about our writing faculty this year, and details about these sessions, by viewing their profiles from our workshop PROGRAM. The afternoon sessions met in a classroom on campus, where all the writers could roll up their sleeves and get to work:

We capped the first night of the workshop with a reception and keynote address from Anna Keesey, where she read from her novel and discussed her writing process. The event was held in the Sandoz Center Atrium, and was open to the public. We had a great turnout from workshop participants and folks in the community interested in hearing about her historical novel which centers around the homesteading experience of characters in turn of the century Oregon:


Day Two: Saturday, June 13, WRITING RETREAT!

Based on the success of our outdoor sessions in previous workshops, we scheduled a FULL DAY RETREAT this year, set in the scenic pine-ridge forests south of campus at Camp Norwesca and Chadron State Park. We met, appropriately, outdoors for the morning session on Environmental Writing with Sean Prentiss:

After the morning session, writers had several hours to commune with nature and write whatever came to mind. Some of the workshop participants even found time to try out some of facilities geared towards the youngsters who attend Camp Norwesca:

After the long break, however, it was all work–as writers sweated it out in the camp lodge and worked on sessions focused on young adult fiction (with Alison Stine) and Creative Nonfiction (with Rori Leigh Hoatlin, winner of the 2015 Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer Instructorship). These were productive sessions for our writers, with lots of work being generated form the activities Ms. Stine and Ms. Hoatlin set up:

After the hard work of the afternoon sessions, all of the workshop participants headed over to nearby Chadron State Park for a cookout in the pines. In addition to some great food, we were all treated to a reading from Alsion Stine from her recently published Young Adult novel Supervision, a ghostly tale that was appropriate for our campfire evening. What a wonderful conclusion to an instructional and inspiring day!


Day Three: Sunday, June 14, FESTIVAL!

Our last (half) day of the workshop was focused on a CELEBRATION of writing and writers. What an appropriate time to have local literary legend Poe Ballantine stop by and share with the workshop participants, and several people on hand from the general public, a retrospective of his prolific and critically-acclaimed work as a writer in both fiction and nonfiction. His talk was entitled “At Home in the World–My Writing Life,” and featured excerpts from several of his works along with commentary on his life and writing experiences:

While we are certainly proud of all the wonderful programming we are able to offer at the Story Catcher Workshop, the focus of all we do will always be on the WRITERS who come from far and wide to develop and share their own stories–this is why we conclude each workshop with a day to celebrate the writing of our participants. This year we had a great turn out for volunteers to read at the open mic that concluded the festival. What impressive work emerged from the workshops in just two or three days–and how inspiring to hear these selections shared with the writing community that gathered this year:

SEE YOU NEXT JUNE!!!
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2015 Storycatcher Workshop: Writing Home

cropped-storycatcherworkshopnologosmall1.jpgJune 12th to 14th 2015

We are excited to announce our 2015 Storycatcher Writing Workshop Faculty.

REGISTRATION  IS NOW OPEN!

For information about the costs, schedules and sessions, please visit the workshop menu at the top of the page.

Writing Home: Capturing Your Place in the World


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2015 Writer in Residence: Anna Keesey

Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories.  She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown.  Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Keesey’s historical novel Little Century (2012 Farrar, Straus & Giroux) has been widely-praised for capturing the drama and tumult of nineteenth-century homesteading, cattle ranching, range-wars and railroads—themes very familiar to those of us living on the Great Plains—but Little Century is instead set in frontier Oregon, reminding us that the West extends beyond our horizon, to the promise of the Oregon Trail itself. From the author’s website: annakeesey.com:

“Here is a fine novel, written with grace, about the settling of Oregon and the evening redness in the West. In the desert town of Century, haunted by Indian blood and barren to the core, the cattlemen hate the shepherds and the shepherds hate the cattlemen. But as the community is about to consume itself with greed and vengeance, a young orphan from Chicago shows up with a moral clarity that outstrips her age, to remind us that character matters, and that justice is pursuant to to conscience. Little Century is a frontier saga, a love story, and an epic of many small pleasures.”

  • Joshua Ferris, author of And Then We Came to the End

“In this novel of stunning beauty, Anna Keesey gives us the American West at the turn of the century, and a cast of unforgettable characters who will risk anything to tame it. Oregon’s hardscrabble frontier comes utterly alive for us, and in prose so lovely, spot-on and accomplished, I found myself dog-earring nearly every page. An incredible debut—and a writer to watch.”

  • Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

Thursday Advanced Workshop Pre-sessions

Intermediate to Advanced Level. Writers will meet as a group in the morning for workshop focusing on peer editing, revision and shaping your narrative towards publication. In the afternoon each participant will meet with Anna Keesey for a thirty minute individualized consultation on a work of fiction already in progress. Participants will submit their writing in advance of the workshop. Space is limited and additional registration fee required.

Friday General Session–Craft Lecture: “Lollygagging: Emerson and Me and You.”  

All Levels: this lecture will focus on the elements of literary fiction with an emphasis on writerly craft and technique. Should we listen to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s one-time admonishment to ‘make haste’?   What exhortations from others can help us to write more, and write better?

 Friday Evening Keynote Reading: “Landscapes and Loss: Readings from Little Century.”


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Sean Prentiss

Creative Nonfiction

Sean Prentiss has lived in most parts of the United States–the East Coast, Florida, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and now New England. And wherever he has lived, writing and the power of stories has always been a part of his life.

Sean is a writer who focuses on creative and  environmental essays, poetry, a few short stories. He also writes craft essays concerning on creative nonfiction. He is the author of Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave (forthcoming Spring 2015 from University of New Mexico Press), the co-editor of an anthology on the craft of creative nonfiction, entitled The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, and the co-author of Environmental and Nature Writer: A Craft Guide and Anthology (forthcoming 2016 from Bloomsbury Press).

Sean also publishes magazine articles, and he is the creative editor for Backcountry Magazine.

When he is not writing, traveling, canoeing, mountain biking, or drinking a dark beer, Sean is an assistant professor at Norwich University in Vermont. There he runs the Norwich University Writers Series and the Chameleon Literary Journal.

Before Norwich, Sean has also worked as a trail builder with the Northwest Youth Corps in the Pacific Northwest, dishwashed in five states, and did about a million odd jobs ranging from demolish to construction to driving cars.

He lives on a small lake in northern Vermont with his beautiful wife, Sarah.

Author’s Website: seanprentiss.com

Friday General Session 1: Literary Nonfiction

All Levels: This workshop will focus on ways to recognize, understand, and apply techniques involved in the production of memoir.

Saturday Retreat Session 1: Environmental Writing

All Levels: This outdoor workshop will examine techniques writers consider when addressing the environment, and issues relating to the environment, in their writing.


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Alison Stine

Prose and Poetry

ALISON STINE’s first YA novel Supervision will be released by HarperVoyager on April 9, 2015.

She is also the author of three books of poetry: Wait (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), Ohio Violence (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and Lot Of My Sister (The Kent State University Press, 2001). Her work has appeared in more than 90 publications including: The Nation, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, and Poetry.

Trained as a performer, Ali’s original stage plays and musicals have been produced at the Cleveland Playhouse, the University of Nebraska, La Habra Depot Theatre, and the Trilogy Theatre Group. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and received the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Ali holds a B.A. from Denison University, an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University. She has taught as the Emerging Writer at Gettysburg College, Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University, and Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio University, and is on faculty at the Reynolds Young Writers’ Workshop at Denison University.

Author’s Website: alisonstine.com

Friday General Session 3: Fiction

All Levels: This workshop will focus on ways character, voice, and imagery contribute to the writing of a successful story.

Saturday Retreat Session 2: Young Adult Fiction

All Levels: This workshop will focus on the various approaches involved in producing a successful young adult story.


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Steven Coughlin

Poetry

Steve Coughlin’s first book of poetry, Another City, finalist for the FututreCycle Poetry Book Prize, will be published this summer by FutureCycle Press. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in several notable magazines and literary journals, including the Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Green Mountains Review, Seneca Review, New Ohio Review, and Slate. In the Summer 2013 issue of Pleiades, Coughlin was the featured emerging writer. In commenting upon his writing style poet J. Allyn Rosser states that Coughlin is “strong, capable, and original . . . [he is a writer] capable of radically different tones and angles of approach.”

This past year Coughlin joined CSC’s English and Humanities department as an Assistant Professor of English. Prior to this Coughlin earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston, his master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and his Ph.D. from Ohio University in English with an emphasis in creative writing. While at Ohio University, Coughlin also served as Editor of the literary journal Quarter After Eight, a nationally recognized publication of innovative literature and commentary.

General Session 2: Poetry

All Levels: This workshop will discuss approaches to avoid writer’s block in the writing of poetry.


Storycatcher Festival

The last day of the workshop is a FESTIVAL, open to the public, and set aside to celebrate the work of our participants, to promote writing and creativity in the region, and to highlight achievements of an important writer or figure associated with writing whose work echoes the spirit of Mari Sandoz.

Special Presentation: Poe Ballantine

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At Home in the World—My Writing Life

 In a retrospective of his writing life, inspired by what he has called his “years of itinerancy,” Poe Ballantine will take us behind the scenes of representative stories and essays from various stages in his publishing career, sharing his struggles and successes in becoming a working writer, and the recurring theme of “place” and “home” in his life and his writing, particularly from the perspective of an often-times drifter and outsider. Poe will chart the evolution of his storytelling, reading selections of his writing and then explaining the connections he drew from the time and place the work was crafted—from his earliest short stories, essays and novels to his most recent work. Along the way, he will share his insights about process, the importance of the small press (breaking in), writing about the community you belong to, balancing family and career, and any other questions, problems, and concerns for the budding writer might seeking to find his or her place in the world.

For well over twenty years, Poe Ballantine traveled America, taking odd jobs, living in small rooms, trying to make a living as a writer. At age 46, he finally settled with his Mexican immigrant wife in Chadron, Nebraska, where they had a son who was red-flagged as autistic. Poe published four books about his experiences as a wanderer and his observations of America. But one day in 2006, his neighbor, Steven Haataja, a math professor from the local state college disappeared. His memoir of these events, Love and Death on the Howling Plains of Nowhere was published to critical acclaim in 2013. A feature-length documentary based upon the book was released in 2014. (www.loveandterrorthemovie.com)

Poe Ballantine’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, regularly in The Sun MagazineKenyon Review, and The Coal City Review. His second novel, Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire, won Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. The odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer that populate Ballantine’s work often draw comparisons to the life and work of Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac. In addition to garnering numerous award nominations including The Pushcart Prize and The Pen/O. Henry Prize, Ballantine’s work has been included in the 1998 Best American Short Story and 2006 Best American Essay anthologies. Most recently, his “Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel” was included in Best American Essays 2013.

(Author Info: http://hawthornebooks.com/authors/poe-ballantine)


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Faculty TBA: Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer

Graduate students and others who have writing classroom experience (either as a teacher, student or both), and whose work shows promise, may apply for the Emerging Writer Instructorship.

The successful applicant will be honored as the “2015 Storycatcher Emerging Writer,” will have tuition waived for all sessions, including the advanced workshop, will attend all of the conference events for free, and will lead a workshop session of their design for the rest of the Storycatcher participants. A small stipend will be provided for their instruction and to help defray a portion of their travel expenses. See application for details.


Overview of the Workshop

For more detailed information, check the workshop menu at the top of the page.

General Workshop & Retreat: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 12-14,

  • General Workshop & Retreat Tuition: $150, which gains you access to all open workshops and special sessions over the three days.
  • There is no deadline for General Registration, and you do not need to sign up for any specific sessions in advance.
  • Students and Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Members Receive a 20% discount.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available for student writers. See application for details.                 

ADVANCED Revision Workshop: Pre-Session on Thursday, June 11th

With 2015 Writer-In-Residence, Anna Keesey.

Meeting a day before the general workshop, writers who have prose work (fiction or non-fiction) in progress and are interested in revising and refining their writing for publication will gather in a small writing community for one-on-one feedback with Anna Keesey.

  • Advanced Workshop Tuition: $100 (Advanced & General Workshop Special Rate: $200)
  • Space is limited to 8 writers, so early registration is encouraged.
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2015

Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer Instructorship

Graduate students and others who have writing classroom experience (either as a teacher, student or both), and whose work shows promise, may apply for the Emerging Writer Instructorship. The successful applicant will be honored as the “2015 Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer,” will have tuition waived for all sessions, including the advanced workshop, will attend all of the conference events for free, and will lead a workshop session of their design for the rest of the Storycatcher participants. A small stipend will be provided for their instruction and to help defray a portion of their travel expenses. See application for details.

Lodging & Meals:

Affordable lodging and dining options are available. Contact us for further details.

For more information about the workshop, a complete schedule and for registration information, please visit us at www.storycatcherworkshop.org or www.facebook.com/storycatcherworkshop

or email mevertson@csc.edu

Storycatcher 2015–Save the Date!

Anna Keesey to Appear at Storycatcher 2015!

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2015 Writer in Residence: Anna Keesey

Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories.  She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown.  Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Keesey’s historical novel Little Century (2012 Farrar, Straus & Giroux) has been widely-praised for capturing the drama and tumult of nineteenth-century homesteading, cattle ranching, range-wars and railroads—themes very familiar to those of us living on the Great Plains—but Little Century is instead set in frontier Oregon, reminding us that the West extends beyond our horizon, to the promise of the Oregon Trail itself. You can find out more by visiting the author’s website:  annakeesey.com

Ms. Keesey will be leading both advanced and beginning workshops, and will present our keynote address.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORKSHOP WILL BE FORTHCOMING. CHECK BACK SOON!


Friday June 12th – Sunday June 14th  2015

 cropped-storycatcherworkshopnologosmall1.jpgSet in the beautiful Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, we present a mix of hands-on workshops, critical feedback and inspiring instruction from acclaimed authors and teachers who are passionate about writing and  can help you get published!

We offer advanced workshops on revising your fiction and non-fiction, and a wide variety of sessions focused on poetry, story telling, blogging, memoir, generating new material and submitting your work for publication.

We wrap it all up with a festival celebrating the work of everyone involved in the workshop, from published authors to beginners.

Affordable, friendly and accessible! A GREAT PLACE TO CREATE!

FIND OUT MORE! Watch this site for updates! View previous workshops by scrolling through our posts, or visiting our FACEBOOK page: www.facebook.com/storycatcherworkshop or following us on Twitter: #storycatcherworkshop

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Stories Galore! 2014 Workshop Recap

14EnglishStoryCatcherSakaiOur third year of the  Story Catcher Writing Workshop and Festival has just concluded, focusing on the theme of “What’s YOUR Story?” What a great group we had once again this year! We learned so much from the session leaders and from the workshop participants in a truly inspiring four days!

Our workshop continues to grow, and if you follow the blogs and recaps posted here for the past several years, you will see that we have been able to attract some major talent to lead our sessions–and we have been able to provide a wide variety of activities and workshops for participants. And, as so many of our attendees told me this year, it is all offered at an incredible value.

Those of you who participated this or previous years, PLEASE share some of your thoughts and comments at the end of this blog entry. We would love to hear from you!

Come join us next June. We will post information and updates here as soon as we have the specific dates set, and the programming established.

Meanwhile–here is a recap of the 2014 Workshop:


Day One: Tuesday, June 10

Dan O’Brien met with his advanced students early on Tuesday morning and put them right to work. In the afternoon Todd Mitchell led a very informative session on beginning fiction, bringing lots of examples and tips from his experiences of teaching fiction and publishing for a wide variety of audiences. (See earlier blog entries for complete descriptions of these sessions and session leaders).

After a terrific reception where all the workshop participants were able to mix and mingle over some delicious treats, we were treated to a keynote presentation by Dan O’Brien,  “Writing the High Lonesome.”


Day Two: Wednesday, June 11

Wednesday was JAM-PACKED with sessions, starting at 8:30 in the morning over continental breakfast–the ADVANCED workshop members got to work, while the rest of the participants had the opportunity to work on writing and shaping compelling novels with Todd Mitchell, or “writing the land” with Dawn Wink.

After a fun lunch break downtown with more mixing and mingling at the Bean Broker Coffee House, writers returned to afternoon sessions focusing on Science Fiction/Fantasy, Mystery Writing and one author’s journey with her first novel.

 


Day Three: Thursday, June 12, RETREAT!

We concluded general sessions on Thursday morning, focusing on Dawn Wink’s session on getting your book published, and Rich Kenney’s poetry workshop.

For the afternoon we staged what has become one of the best features of our workshop, our nature RETREAT! This year we journeyed out to Fort Robinson State Park, home of so much history (much of which Mari Sandoz wrote about) and so much scenic beauty. What an inspiring backdrop for writing, hiking, reading, chatting and, of course, eating! We started our journey at the historic dining hall of the lodge restaurant, where most of the group dined on buffalo dishes (tacos, open faced sandwiches, even cabbage burgers–all prepared with bison). We then took a drive to some scenic parts of the park, winding up at the Ice House pond area for some writing exercises and nature walks. We concluded the evening with a cookout at the picnic shelter near the historic parade grounds in the park. What a wonderful, inspiring day!


Day Four: Friday, June 13, FESTIVAL!

While we are certainly proud of all the wonderful programming we are able to offer at the Story Catcher Workshop, the focus of all we do will always be on the WRITERS who come from far and wide to develop and share their own stories–this is why we conclude each workshop with a day to celebrate the writing of our participants. This year we adapted our “open mic” event to a “table read,” where several volunteers shared their work–and we all shared our thoughts and ideas about continuing to make writing a vital component of our lives.

Wrapping up our workshop this year was a wonderful presentation from Ron Hull on his terrific memoir of his colorful and eventful life. “Everybody Has a Story to Tell” was a great way to finish up our event–Ron has a been an ardent supporter of the Mari Sandoz Heritage society and this workshop, and the anecdotes he shared from his book, and the background he provided on the writing process, were fitting words of wisdom to conclude the festivities!

SEE YOU NEXT JUNE!!!

Story Catcher Workshop Is HERE!

What’s YOUR Story? 

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Download the Final Program 2014

Registration & Costs

Chadron State College Conferencing is pleased to sign you up! Registration will be available at the door on Tuesday, or in advance  by visiting their website:   http://www.csc.edu/conferencing/upcoming/storycatcher/form/index.csc

Workshop Sessions are open to all aspiring writers of all ages and abilities.

(We recommend that High School Participants be at the Junior level or above).

General Registration:  $150

  • All workshop participants must pay the general registration fee, which gains you access to all open workshops and special sessions over the four days.
  • There is no deadline for General Registration, and you do not need to sign up for any specific sessions in advance. However, EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED—as materials and notices will be sent out to registered attendees in advance of the workshop.
  • Students and Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Members Receive a 20% discount

Questions? Fill out the form below…

2014 Storycatcher Workshop: What’s YOUR Story?

June 10th -13th    2014

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Registration & Costs

Chadron State College Conferencing is pleased to sign you up! Full registration instructions can be found by visiting their website:   http://www.csc.edu/conferencing/upcoming/storycatcher/form/index.csc

Workshop Sessions are open to all aspiring writers of all ages and abilities.

(We recommend that High School Participants be at the Junior level or above).

General Registration:  $150

  • All workshop participants must pay the general registration fee, which gains you access to all open workshops and special sessions over the four days.
  • There is no deadline for General Registration, and you do not need to sign up for any specific sessions in advance. However, EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED—as materials and notices will be sent out to registered attendees in advance of the workshop.
  • Students and Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Members Receive a 20% discount

Advanced Revision Workshop with Dan O’Brien (Fiction/Non-Fiction Prose) Additional Fee: $100

For writers who have work in progress and are interested in revising and refining their writing for publication with one-on-one feedback with our 2014 Writer-In-Residence, Dan O’Brien.

Space is limited to 10 writers, so early registration is encouraged.

ADVANCED WORKSHOP REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2014

Questions? Fill out the form below…

Storycatcher Writing Workshop 2014 — SAVE THE DATE!!!

 June 10th –  13th    2014 

StoryCatcherWorkshop What’s YOUR story?

Set in the beautiful Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, we present a mix of hands-on workshops, critical feedback and inspiring instruction from acclaimed authors and teachers who are passionate about writing and  can help you get published!

We offer advanced workshops on revising your fiction and non-fiction, and a wide variety of sessions focused on poetry, story telling, blogging, memoir, generating new material and submitting your work for publication.

We wrap it all up with a festival celebrating the work of everyone involved in the workshop, from published authors to beginners.

Affordable, friendly and accessible! Check back for more details, coming soon!

Tentative Schedule

 Tuesday, June 10th

(Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Atrium)

  • Morning: Check in & Registration for Advanced Workshop
  • Afternoon: Check-in & Registration for General Workshop
  • Evening: Opening Ceremonies and Reception

Wednesday & Thursday, June 11th – 12th

(Chadron State College and/or Locations in Region)

  • Stand Alone Workshops will be offered throughout each day focusing on Invention and the Writing Process (Generative Workshops)
  • Advanced workshops focused on revision

AFTERNOON & EVENING ACTIVITIES

Meet at designated locations for field trips and activities in the afternoon (Fort Robinson State Park, Chadron State Park, Museum of the Fur Trade, etc. Writing excursions may be arranged, as well as nature hikes/writing retreats).

Friday, June 13  — WRITING FESTIVAL

(Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Atrium—Open to the Public)

  • Booksellers, Vendors, Sessions with Publishers, etc.
  • Activities may include readings from session participants, talks by authors, publishers and others associated with writing.
  • A Keynote address by a noted Author

Visit our Blog Pages here for a recap of  the 2012 & 2013 Workshop, or click below for our FACEBOOK site with lots of additional images: https://www.facebook.com/storycatcherworkshop