Last night at the Bean Broker Coffee House in downtown Chadron, several of us gathered to raise a glass to our colleague, friend and mentor, Dr. Michael Percy Cartwright, who passed away on May 22. There may have been some sense of coming full circle for Mike since he died doing yard work at his … Continue reading A Toast to Dr. Cartwright
Our 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 … Continue reading WRITING HOME: a recap of the 2015 Storycatcher Workshop
The 2015 Storycatcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival is upon us. Our writer-in-residence Anna Keesey is meeting with her advanced writers on Thursday, June 11th. The session was capped at eight writers, and sold out last month. This will be a great opportunity for those writers who have completed work that now needs some expert eyes … Continue reading Storycatcher is HERE!!!
Nice write-up on our workshop from someone who should know! Thanks, Katherine!
Writers of all levels and genres can amp up their skills by attending The StoryCatcher Workshop at Chadron State College in Nebraska, June 12 to 14. Among the featured speakers are Poe Ballantine and Alison Stine, whose first Young Adult novel Supervision was released by HarperVoyager on April 9.
Aside from learning techniques from top-notch faculty, both fiction and nonfiction writers meet others passionate about the craft. A friend and I attended last year’s workshop, about a five-hour drive from Fort Collins, and we met attendees of all ages and backgrounds. Registration is only $150.
“What is it that makes stories interesting? What calls to us?” asked author and Colorado State University professor Todd Mitchell, during his session “Techniques and Tips for Developing Plot, Character, and Scenes.” “How do I make it a story that begs to be told?”
Mitchell, author of the novel Backwards (a Colorado Book Award finalist)…
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June 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 2015 Writer in Residence: Anna Keesey Anna Keesey … Continue reading 2015 Storycatcher Workshop: Writing Home
I had a nice surprise in my email this week. Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor society, will be holding its international convention this coming March in Albuquerque. The theme is "Borderlands and Enchantments." My wife and I certainly find that New Mexico lives up to its enchanting sobriquet--so much so that we have attended the Taos … Continue reading Enchantment
Hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. The weather for many of us was warm, and I'm sure the family, friends and food gathered around your respective tables was as well. A couple of poems inspired by the holiday: Thanks W. S. Merwin Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we … Continue reading Thanks!
For those of you interested in the world of creative writing, I have included links to three helpful online resources. 1. Poets and Writers: http://www.pw.org/ This website features a helpful Tools for Writers page that includes a comprehensive list of literary magazines (both in print and online) for writers to submit there work. 2.The Association of … Continue reading Three Resources for Writers
Among the techniques we focus on in our creative writing exercises are character and setting. The piece below, excerpted from a longer story, makes strong use of both. Bitter Taste of Home By Casandra Elder The engine choked as Gabby sat in the warm, black sedan parked out in front of 123 Applepie Street. She … Continue reading Bitter Taste of Home
In my Creative Writing: Fiction class we often talk about how syntax (the way we form our sentences) can help create voice. The story below--written by one of the students in this class--is a good illustration of what can be accomplished with syntax. GRAPE TOOTSIE POPS by Jessica Thiele Kneeling at the dark casket and folding my hands. St. Theresa’s, … Continue reading GRAPE TOOTSIE POPS