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The 2020 Writing Retreat at Chadron State Park, Scheduled for Monday July 6th through Wednesday, July 8th, is


For the last eight summers, we have gathered to catch stories. This summer we obviously don’t want our participants to catch anything else! That’s why we’re postponing the retreat portion of our annual writing workshop due to the public health concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We were scheduled to gather as a group and share both workshop space and  lodging at Chadron State Park, in July. Nebraska Game and Parks, which operates our venue, has cancelled all group events and programs through May 31, 2020. You can read the entire policy statement here:

With such uncertainty about facilities and public gatherings in July, we cannot effectively plan for the retreat, for the travel and coordination of our workshop faculty, or for the registration of participants.

We will announce soon if we will be able to stage any of our planned events in a different format (virtual or otherwise) this summer. Regardless, we will do our best to include aspects of our planned programming in future workshops. The draft program for the 2020 Workshop remains linked below as a guiding document. 


The 2020 Story Catcher Writing Workshop will be held in July 6-8, 2020 at Chadron State Park near Chadron, NE

Download the Workshop Program

Please download the Story Catcher Workshop program for more detailed information on the event as well as additional forms for scholarships and the application for emerging writers.

This year's workshop features Dinty W. Moore – Alyson Hagy – Joel Friederich – Carson Vaughan

Against the breathtaking landscape of the Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, our writers-in-residence will lead sessions focused on crafting and improving our writing, providing participants a chance to create new work to then share and receive personalized feedback during the retreat. Participants will be able to spend the nights and days together as part of the retreat. This inspirational setting fosters a wonderful writing community focused on exploring the wild terrains of our lives.

If you have questions about the workshop, please visit us at  or or email