Retreat Schedule

Monday, June 14th

Advanced Workshop:
Chadron State College (Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Atrium)

  • 8:30 A.M. to 9 A.M. Check-In & Continental Breakfast
  • 9 A.M. to NOON Advanced Workshop
Laura Pritchett: Book Length Considerations: 

Actually Thinking Through Your Book and Thus Saving Supremely Important Things Such As Time, Energy, and Backaches from Typing

This half-day intensive class is for those who are working on book-length projects, such as a novel or memoir. You can save a great deal of time making essential decisions early on–establishing point of view, tense, structure, arc, and themes–plus, there’s the psychology of dedicating oneself to a long-term project. The class is appropriate for fiction and nonfiction, though be aware that some discussions will pertain more to one genre than the other. It is most helpful for those in the beginning or middle stages of writing a book (it does not focus on generating initial ideas, nor does it focus on final revision and submission) and is meant for writers who have been seriously engaged with their craft for some time. Bring the first 3 pages of your work, a one-paragraph synopsis, and a rough 1 page outline–enough copies for everyone in the class. (LIMITED TO FIVE WRITERS)

  • LUNCH ON YOUR OWN   (See program for dining options in Chadron)

WRITER’S RETREAT at CHADRON STATE PARK

  • RETREAT SESSION 1: Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 1:30 P.M. Check-In
    • 2 to 4 P.M. Craft Session
Laura Pritchett: The Art of Place–Where Interior and Exterior Landscapes Merge 

Begin this conference with touching base with place‚Äîeither what we see around us or a major landscape in your work-in-progress. Sure, we know we need to write sensory details, but let’s take it a step farther: how can we use exterior details to reveal and illuminate the internal landscape (the heart and soul) of ourselves/our characters? The play between the internal and external can be a powerful tool in creating characters and rendering their experience, as well as incorporating the natural world into our work.

  • 4 P.M.: MOVE IN!
    • Assignment of quarters in the six duplex units
  • EVENING PROGRAM
    • 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Reception and Dinner
    • (BBQ in the Group Event Area Courtyard)
    • Opening Remarks by Steve Coughlin

Tuesday, June 15th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY TWO

Chadron State Park

  • Breakfast 8-9 A.M.
    • You may make use of the kitchens in your duplex units or visit one of the Chadron restaurants‚Äîabout 15 minute drive into town.
  • RETREAT SESSION 2A:  Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.
Alyson Hagy: The Story Telling of Objects:  Fiction and Memory

Strong fiction is rooted in the specifics of a character’s current life and past history.  This workshop will focus on the objects, large or small, that function as talismans for our characters and can provide important access to a character’s back story and memories.

  • LUNCH
    • Meet at Central Building/Courtyard for complimentary Pizza Buffet
  • 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.
  • RETREAT SESSION 2B: Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 3:00 to 5:00: The Story Catcher Workshop
      • 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 one of our selected restaurants downtown.  
      • (Pay your own way)
  • EVENING PROGRAM
    • 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.
      • Group Bonfire Area (Weather Permitting) or Central Building/Group Event Area

FIRESIDE Reading (Open to the Public):  Laura Pritchett and Derek Sheffield

 


Wednesday, June 16th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY THREE

Chadron State Park

  • Breakfast 8-9 A.M.
    • You may make use of the kitchens in your duplex units or visit one of the Chadron restaurants‚Äîabout 15 minute drive into town.
  • RETREAT SESSION 3A:  Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.
Derek Sheffield: The More-Than-Human World

We humans have been writing about the natural world since we first started scratching images into rock, and by now, there are some worn out conventions that make it a more challenging pursuit, comparable perhaps to beginning a series of love sonnets around Valentine’s Day. In this workshop, we will examine some different ways, in both poetry and prose, to write with surprise, complexity, and vitality about the more-than-human world. 

  • LUNCH
    • ON YOUR OWN!
  • 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.
  • RETREAT SESSION 3B:  Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 3:00 to 5:00: The Story Catcher Workshop
      • 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 Discussion: The Writing Life:  Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 5:30 to 7:00 P.M.
      • Our workshop leaders will gather with participants for a complimentary dinner and roundtable discussion focusing on options for writers who want to publish, take classes, find agents, explore careers, etc… Open and informal–bring your questions and your appetite!
  • EVENING PROGRAM
    • 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.
      • Group Bonfire Area (Weather Permitting) or Central Building/Group Event Area

FIRESIDE Reading (Open to the Public): Alyson Hagy


Thursday, June 17th —  WRITER’S RETREAT DAY FOUR

Chadron State Park

  • Breakfast 8-9 A.M.
    • You may make use of the kitchens in your duplex units or visit one of the Chadron restaurants‚Äîabout 15 minute drive into town.
  • RETREAT SESSION 4: Central Building/Group Event Area
    • 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Creative Nonfiction

Carson Vaughan: Distilling the Extra From the Ordinary: Writing and Reporting In “Flyover” Country

Even for those of us raised here, it’s easy to dismiss America’s rural spaces as cultural deserts, devoid of the intrigue we afford the cities or the coasts or the exotic landscapes of the imagination. In this session, author Carson Vaughan will present the genesis of his first book, Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream, and his work as a freelance journalist focused on rural culture

  • LUNCH
    • Meet at Central Building/Courtyard for complimentary lunch.

Story Catcher Festival  (Open to the Public)

Location in Chadron State Park, Chadron State College or Downtown Chadron TBD

  • 2:00 to 5:00: Festival Events
    • Readings from our Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer & Open Mic for Retreat Participants
    • Additional Events TBD
  • EVENING ON YOUR OWN!

NOTE: All participants must be checked out of their rooms or cabins by 11 A.M. on Friday.

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