Retreat Schedule

2018 Writing Retreat 

Tuesday June 5th through Thursday, June 7th  

At Fort Robinson State Park

For Detailed Schedule and Information: 

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Tuesday, June 5th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY ONE

Fort Robinson State Park

MORNING SESSION
Buffalo Soldier Barracks Squad Room

  • 9am to 9:30 am Check-In & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 to 11:30 AM Poetry Craft Lecture “Shadow Genre”
    • With Poet in Residence H. L. Hix
      • Prose writing is sometimes praised for being “lyrical” or “poetic,” and poetry is often given additional, modifying labels, as for example when we speak of “narrative poetry.”  In this workshop, we’ll entertain one way (I’ll call it “shadow genre”) of thinking about those facts, a way that offers us aid in our writing and revision, whatever genre we’re working in.  We’ll look together at several examples of “shadow genre” at work, and consider ways in which shadow genre might be generative and useful in our own writing practices.

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

AFTERNOON SESSION

  • 1:00 to 3:00: Writing Time (on your own)
    • 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 will be available to one of our nature retreats for those interested in an inspirational setting.
  • 3:00 to 5:00: The Story Catcher Workshop (Buffalo Soldier Barracks Squad Room)
    • This time has been set aside for participants to share their work and get feedback from other writers and from our writers in residence.

EVENING SESSION

  • 5:00 to 6:00: Move-in to Officer’s Quarters 19B “Bricks”
  • 6:00 to 8:00 PM Reception and Dinner (BBQ in the Brick’s courtyard)
    • Special Reading by Markus Egeler Jones
      • Markus will read from his novel How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice

 


Wednesday, June 6th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY TWO

Fort Robinson State Park

MORNING SESSION

  • 8 to 9 am Breakfast at the Main Lodge
    • 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).
  • 9:30 to 11:30 AM Non-Fiction Craft Lecture (“Bricks 19B Main Floor)
    • With Non-Fiction Writer-in-Residence Jeffrey A. Lockwood
      • The workshop will begin with a brief, playful overview of the short form, which manifests in varied and wonderful ways in the genre of non-fiction.  Through a series of prompts and exercises, participants will develop several complete pieces (e.g., a 6-word memoir, an epitaph for a deceased project, and a 30-word essay) that would be ideal for websites, social media, or even business cards.  But be forewarned—few words often entail many struggles

LUNCH
Meet at “Bricks” Officer’s Quarters 19B for complimentary  lunch.

AFTERNOON SESSION

  • 1:00 to 3:00: Writing Time (on your own)
    • 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 will be available to one of our nature retreats for those interested in an inspirational setting.
  • 3:00 to 5:00: The Story Catcher Workshop (“Bricks” 19B 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 19B) 

  • 7:00 to 8:00 PM Special Reading
    • With the Mari Sandoz Emerging Writers.

Thursday, June 7th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY THREE

Fort Robinson State Park

MORNING SESSION

  • 8 to 9 am Breakfast at the Main Lodge
    • 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).
  • 9:30 to 11:30 AM Non-Fiction Craft Lecture (“Bricks 19B Main Floor)
    • With Fiction Writer-in-Residence Nina S. McConigley
      • Full description of the session TBA

LUNCH
Meet at “Bricks” Officer’s Quarters 19B for complimentary  lunch.

AFTERNOON SESSION

  • 1:00 to 3:00: Writing Time (on your own)
    • 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 will be available to one of our nature retreats for those interested in an inspirational setting.
  • 3:00 to 5:00: The Story Catcher Workshop (“Bricks” 19B 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.

EVENING ON YOUR OWN

(Here are some options):

  • Dinner at Fort Robinson Lodge Restaurant or in historic downtown Crawford (see dining options in the program).
  • Hayrack Steak Cookout 6 to 8 pm (Reservations that day at information booth, $12 each)
  • High Plains Homestead/Drifter’s Cookshack (30 min. north of the Fort, near Toadstool State Park. Reservations required: highplainshomestead.com)
  • From 8 to 9pm there will be a rodeo in the arena just north of our Building, which is free and open to the public.

NOTE: All participants must be checked out of the Officer’s Quarters by 9am on Friday.  (We recommend departing by 8:30 AM to insure travel time to the Festival Location at Sandoz Center on the Chadron State College Campus.)


Friday, June 8th — STORY CATCHER FESTIVAL

CHADRON STATE COLLEGE CAMPUS:

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

MORNING SESSION

  • 9 to 9:30 AM Morning Check-in and Continental Breakfast
    • Free & Open to the Public (no pre-registration required—sign in at the door). Story Catcher Retreat participants are already registered for this event.
  • 9:30 to 11:00 AM: Short & Sweet: Writing Shapely Stories
    • With the Mari Sandoz Featured Writer Markus Egeler Jones
      • Participants of this workshop will engage in drafting their own flash fiction. Elements of subtext, narrative, dialogue, and general scene building will be discovered through sample pieces of flash fiction, and by the end of this workshop everyone should have a working draft of a short but shapely story.

LUNCH (on your own)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

  • 12:30 to 1:45: Hooks, Lines and No Stinkers
    • With the Mari Sandoz Featured Writer Renee M. Laegreid
      • Finding the right words to draw a reader into your work is as important for non-fiction as it is fiction. In this workshop and writing session we will consider effective storytelling techniques found in history writing that have been used to create effective titles and opening passages that can be applied to each writer’s work.
  • 2:00 to 3:15: Symbolic Sound and Syntax
    • With the Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer Jennifer Ippensen
      • The language we choose and ways in which we piece language together can aid us in evoking understanding that goes beyond properly constructed English grammar. It can become symbolic. In this workshop and writing session, we will explore the ways in which sound devices and grammatical structure can be employed to convey more than what the words alone communicate.
  • 3:30 to 4:45: OPEN MIC
    • Writers will have an opportunity to share their work from the retreat & festival. Audience members may also sign up to read short pieces.

EVENING SESSION

  • 5:00 to 6:00: Reception
    • Light Refreshments Served
  • 6 :00 to 7:30 PM  Special Keynote Presentation: Writing in the Remote 
    • Readings from our 2018 Writers-in-Residence
    • Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Nina S. McConigley and H. L. Hix will share a panel presentation where they each read selections from their work relating to the theme “Writing in the Remote.” This will be followed with a roundtable discussion where the authors explore the unique challenges and opportunities of living and writing in isolated and remote spaces, and respond to questions from the audience.

       Book Signing To Follow

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