A Toast to Dr. Cartwright

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


WRITING HOME: a recap of the 2015 Storycatcher Workshop

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

Attend the StoryCatcher Workshop June 12 to 14

Nice write-up on our workshop from someone who should know! Thanks, Katherine!

Katherine Valdez

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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2015 Storycatcher Workshop: Writing Home

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

Three Resources for Writers

 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


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