Preview: StoryCatcher 2016

“Writing Wild”

Writing Retreat & Workshop

Thursday June 9th – Sunday June 12th 2016


For 2016, plan on joining us the second week of June for a great series of writing events centered around the theme of writing wild. Set in the beautiful Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, we will gather to explore the untamed terrains of our lives: in nature and the outdoors, in our relationships with one another, in our place and purpose in the world.

The first two days will feature a RETREAT for advanced writers, set at historic Fort Robinson State Park. Events will take place in the historic buildings and scenic spots around the park, and participants will lodge in the 1890 Brick Officer Quarters. Renowned writers will lead morning sessions focused on crafting and improving our writing, followed by afternoon sessions designed to give participants a chance to create new work and receive feedback on that work during the retreat.

On Saturday we will meet on the campus of Chadron State College for the general workshop where we will 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!

Larissa Hastings (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

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


  • Robert Wrigley
  • Kim Barnes
  • Joe Wilkins
  • Dan O’Brien

WRITING RETREAT: Thursday, June 9th to Friday, June 10th

With 2016 Writer(s)-In-Residence Robert Wrigley and Kim Barnes

& Special Guests Joe Wilkins and Dan O’Brien

  • Registration: $350 (which gains you access to all open workshops and special sessions over the four days of the retreat and workshop).
  • Space is limited to 15 writers, so early registration is encouraged.
  • 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.
  • REGISTRATION OPENS February 1 (check this site for details)
    • DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2016

General Workshop & Festival: Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12,

  • Registration: $150, (which gains you access to all workshop events on Saturday and Festival events on Sunday).
  • 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.


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 or

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