Retreat Schedule

Wednesday, June 14th — WRITER’S RETREAT DAY ONE

Fort Robinson State Park | Buffalo Soldier Barracks Squad Room

9:00 am to 9:30 am Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:30 to 11:30 am Creative Non-Fiction Craft Lecture

  • With Writer in Residence Ken Ilgunas. “The art of not being boring.” Travel writer Ken Ilgunas will talk about tactics to make your writing captivating from start to finish. We’ll discuss how to write about nature without putting your readers to sleep; how to make your writing “sing” by cutting out French-derived words from your prose; and how to make your descriptions and metaphors come to life by immersing yourself in your book’s setting. 

11:30am to 1:00pm 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.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 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 will be available to one of our nature retreats for those interested in an inspirational setting.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 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.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Move-in to Officer’s Quarters 19B “Bricks”

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Dinner and Discussion

  • BBQ and special reading by Ken Ilgunas. Ken will read passages from his book “Trespassing across America.”

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

Fort Robinson State Park | Main Lodge

8:00 am to 9:00 am Breakfast

  • 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 am to 11:30 am Poetry Craft Lecture (“Bricks 19B Main Floor)

  • With Poet in Residence Mark Halliday. Mark will lead participants through a craft lecture focused on the art of poetic technique. The craft lecture will conclude with a writing prompt to prepare participants for the afternoon session.

11:30 am to 1:00pm Lunch

  • Meet at Officer’s Quarters 19B for lunch. (Complimentary Sandwich Bar)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 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 will be available to one of our nature retreats for those interested in an inspirational setting.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 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.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner on Your Own

  • We encourage participants to gather for Dinner at the Lodge Restaurant, downstairs from Henry Dodd Hall. (Pay your own way—full dinners are from $12 to $20; Sandwiches $5 to $8; soup and salad bar also available). 

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Evening Program Officer’s Quarters 19B

  • Special Reading by Lisa Sandlin.

Note: 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.

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

Fort Robinson State Park | Main Lodge

8:00 am to 9:00 am Breakfast

  • 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 am to 11:30 am Fiction Craft Lecture (“Bricks 19B Main Floor)

  • With Fiction Writer in Residence Lisa Sandlin, “Choreography on the Page.” Knowing in their own minds what’s happening, writers can often miss that the action is not as clear to their readers. There are also many times when choreography alone carries the plot and theme. We can be just as felled by a significant action on the page as when we see it large on a movie screen. 

11:30am to 1:00pm Lunch

  • Meet at Officer’s Quarters 19B for lunch. (Complimentary Sandwich Bar)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 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 will be available to one of our nature retreats for those interested in an inspirational setting.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 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.

5:00 pm to ?? Dinner & Evening On Your Own

  • Evening On Your Own. Here are some options:

    ·  Dinner at Fort Robinson Lodge Restaurant or in historic downtown Crawford

    ·  Chuckwagon 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)

    ·  Post Playhouse Theater at the Fort (featuring the Gershwin musical Crazy for You, opening night, 8pm http://postplayhouse.com

 

NOTE: All participants must be checked out of the Officer’s Quarters by 9am on Saturday.

Saturday, June 17th — FESTIVAL SESSIONS

  • ALL SATURDAY FESTIVAL SESSIONS ARE AT THE SANDOZ CENTER, CHADRON STATE COLLEGE CAMPUS  (We recommend checking out around 8am to insure time to travel to Chadron)