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

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

Fort Robinson State Park | Buffalo Soldier Barracks Squad Room

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.

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 Reception & BBQ Dinner

Bricks Courtyard
  • Dinner and special reading by Markus Egeler Jones. Markus will read passages from his novel How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice

Wednesday, June 6th — 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 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.

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 with the 2018 Mari Sandoz Emerging Writers

Thursday, June 7th — 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 Nina S. McConigley.  Award winning Novelist and Short Story writer Nina S. McConigley will lead participants in a session devoted to fiction writing, drawing upon her experience in writing about diverse people and landscapes, including her home territory of Wyoming, and how characters explore displacement and identity in a wide variety of settings.

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 (see dining options at end of this 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)

      ·   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.

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

Friday, June 8th — FESTIVAL SESSIONS

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