Festival Schedule

2019 Writing Retreat

Monday June 17th through Wednesday, June 19th  At Fort Robinson State Park

 

 

Monday, June 17th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY ONE

Fort Robinson State Park

ADVANCED WORKSHOP 

Buffalo Soldier Barracks Squad Room

  • 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. Advanced Check-In

Continental Breakfast Provided

  • 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Workshop PART ONE

Brad Aaron Modlin: “Satellites Orbit Planets:

Finding Your Draft’s Gravitational Pull”

When we move from one draft to another, the first question to ask is: What strength gives this piece its unique identity? Let’s call this strength the planet and the other elements the satellites. Revision involves noticing how satellites/moons can reflect more light onto the planet. Or discovering where satellites have veered off course—and how the planet’s gravity can bring them back.

This welcoming, interactive workshop will focus on participants’ writing, submitted to the group two weeks in advance—up to three poems or up to twenty pages of prose.

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

The Fort Robinson Inn/Restaurant in the Main Lodge is open from 6:30 A.M. to 9 P.M. daily, and starts serving lunch at 10:30 A.M.. A list of other dining options in nearby Crawford is included in your packet.

AFTERNOON SESSION: ADVANCED WORKSHOP & RETREAT CHECK-IN

Buffalo Soldier Barracks Squad Room

  • 1:30 to 4:30 P.M. Workshop PART TWO
  • 3 to 4:30 P.M. Check-in for Retreat Participants

5:00 to 6:00: MOVE IN!

Officer’s Quarters 16A & 16B  “Bricks”

EVENING PROGRAM

6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Reception and Dinner

(BBQ in the Brick’s courtyard)

 Special Reading by Brad Aaron Modlin


 Tuesday, June 18th— WRITER’S RETREAT DAY TWO

Fort Robinson State Park

Breakfast 8-9 A.M.

You may make use of the kitchen in our old building, or gather for breakfast at The Fort Robinson Inn/Restaurant in the Main Lodge before our morning session.  (Pay your own way—full breakfasts are from $5 to $8).

MORNING SESSION: 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. (generative sessions)

Frank X Walker: “Voice and Space”

(“Bricks” 16A Main Floor)Participants will create new work born from Walker’s original persona exercises designed to help them listen closer, build trust, form relationships, and ultimately get to know the rich and varied voices they hear when no one else is listening, particularly those voices that are more energized due to the “ghost” tied to the history of specific spaces.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett:  “Love on the Page”

(“Bricks” 16B Main Floor)We live in a cynical age; readers are sophisticated people. But everyone loves a good love story. So how can we write about something as sincere as love without lapsing into sentimentality or cliché? We will take a look at why, and how a few authors have written about love in fiction, how they’ve invested romantic moments and plotlines with emotional depth, and what love means to them—and to their characters. Then we will tackle how to write love on the page.

LUNCH

Meet at “Bricks” Officer’s Quarters 16A&B for complimentary lunch.

AFTERNOON SESSION

 1:00 to 3:00: Writing Time

This time has been set aside for participants to work on their individual writing projects or respond to the prompts from the morning session. Weather permitting, field trips may be available to inspirational settings.

 3:00 to 5:00: The Story Catcher Workshop

(“Bricks” 16A or 16B  Main Floor)

This time has been set aside for participants to share their work and get feedback from other writers and from our writers in residence.

 DINNER ON YOUR OWN

We encourage participants to gather for Dinner at the Fort Robinson Lodge Restaurant

(Pay your own way—full dinners are from $12 to $20; Sandwiches $5 to $8; soup and salad bar also available).

 EVENING PROGRAM

“Bricks” Officer’s Quarters 16A&B

7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

Special Reading (Open to the Public)

With Frank X Walker & Marie Matsuki Mockett


Wednesday, June 19th— WRITER’S RETREAT DAY THREE

Fort Robinson State Park

Breakfast 8-9 A.M.

You may make use of the kitchen in our old building, or gather for breakfast at The Fort Robinson Inn/Restaurant in the Main Lodge before our morning session.  (Pay your own way—full breakfasts are from $5 to $8).

MORNING SESSION: 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.

Frank X Walker: “Landscape as Character”(16A Main Floor) This craft lecture will focus on landscape as a main character and sharing various poems from the York Trilogy as illustration.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett : “Then We Came To the End” (16B Main Floor)Whether your parents read you bedtime stories, or you watched a lot of television growing up, (or both), you were unknowingly imprinting on story structures that reflect the culture you are from. What’s more, the ending of those stories taught you to feel that a certain kind of resolution just seems more complete. In this talk, we will take a look at western fairy tales and eastern fairy tales. We will see over and over how the stories overlap, but resolve differently, reflecting very different worldviews. The beauty of this kind of story analysis is that it cannot only give us an appreciation for stories outside the usual grab bag of patterns we turn to, but also may open us up to take greater creative risks, and expand our understanding of what it means to be human.

LUNCH

Meet at “Bricks” Officer’s Quarters 16A&B for complimentary lunch.

Story Catcher Festival

(Open to the Public)

1:00 to 3:00: Workshops

  • TBA: Our Mari Sandoz Emerging writers will set up a series of writing activities and workshops.

3:00 to 5:00: The “Story Sharer”

(open mic location TBA)

  • This time has been set aside for participants to share their work from the workshop

EVENING On Your Own:

Here are some options:

  • Dinner at Fort Robinson Lodge Restaurant or in historic downtown Crawford (see dining options at end of this program).
  • Hayrack Cookout 6 to 8 p.m. (Reservations that day at information booth, $12 each)
  • Post Playhouse 8p.m. Theater Performance: Disney’s Mary Poppins: com/calendar/(these shows can sell-out, so consider purchasing tickets in advance)
  • Field Trip to Toadstool Geologic Park: visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/toadstool-geologic-park(There are also many wonderful hiking trails and wilderness areas around the park for those who are interested.)

NOTE: All participants must be checked out of the Officer’s Quarters by 9am on Thursday.

–Join our MAILING LIST: mevertson@csc.edu

–Visit our ARCHIVE PAGE for information on  Previous Workshops

 

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