General Information Story Catcher Writing Workshop & Festival

2017 Story Catcher Writing Workshop & Festival June 14-17, 2017

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WRITER'S RETREAT (registration required) | June 14-16, 2017

Set in the breath-taking Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, we will gather in the historic buildings and scenic spots around Fort Robinson State Park and will lodge in the 1890 Brick Officer Quarters. Renowned writers will lead morning sessions focused on crafting and improving our writing, followed by afternoon sessions designed to give participants a chance to create new work and receive personalized feedback during the retreat.

This year's retreat faculty includes:

  • Mark Halliday (Poet in Residence)
  • Lisa Sandlin (Fiction Writer in Residence)
  • Ken Ilgunas (Nonfiction Writer in Residence)


STORY CATCHER FESTIVAL (FREE & open to the public) | June 17, 2017

On Saturday we will move to the Chadron State College campus for a festival (free and open to the public) celebrating the work of everyone involved in the workshop, from published authors to beginners, and featuring additional workshop sessions from our Mari Sandoz Emerging Writers, and a keynote presentation by our Poet in Residence, Mark Halliday. This inspirational setting fosters a wonderful writing community focused on exploring the wild terrains of our lives.

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