Festival Schedule

Saturday, June 17th — STORY CATCHER FESTIVAL

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium | Chadron State College Campus

9:00 am to 10:00 am Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:30 am to 11:00 am Panel Presentation With Writers in Residence

  • This panel discussion will feature each of our distinguished writers in residence as they share successful strategies for publishing.

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on your own

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm Mari Sandoz Emerging Poet Lecture & Workshop

  • "Dreaming the Self"

    Featuring the Mari Sandoz Emerging Poet Natalie Taylor

    In this workshop, writers will plumb their own dreams to source deep and potent ideas. Then, we’ll honor the peculiar language of the unconscious by using those unexpected images and pairing unrelated concepts to create authentic magic. Writers will learn how to suspend logic in favor of discovering new linguistic landscapes infused with strange and surprising messages from the subconscious.

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer Lecture & Workshop

  • Writing with a Knife: The Art of Cutting Things Out

    Featuring the Mari Sandoz Emerging Prose Writer Alec Osthoff

    This workshop will focus on one of the final steps of revision: making your writing efficient by trimming off excess words, sentences, or even whole paragraphs. We will also examine how what is left unsaid in a piece of writing is just as important as what is expressed on the page. As this workshop is focused broadly on the craft of revision, it is open to the three primary genres—poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Participants will need to bring a piece that they are interested in revising along with the chosen implements for note taking and free writing.

3:30 pm to 4:45 pm Open Mic

  • Writers will have an opportunity to share their work from the retreat. Audience members may also sign up to read short pieces.

5:00 pm to 6:00pm Reception

  • Light refreshments served

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Reading Featuring Mark Halliday

  • Sometimes wry, sometimes heartbreaking, Mark Halliday's poems remind us that the human experience is never easy. In his keynote reading, Halliday will read from his most recent collection, Thresherphobe, along with other works from his distinguished career.  There will be a book signing following the reading.