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Story Catcher Workshop Registration

Creekside Resort/State Game Lodge at Custer State Park, South Dakota | June 6-9, 2023

Space is limited to 25 writers.

PLEASE NOTE: Fees cover all workshop sessions, opening night BBQ/reception, some breakfasts and lunches at the venue, light refreshments, and 3-nights lodging (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday---check out by 11am on Friday).

Registration closes on June 2, 2023.

Workshop & Housing Information


  • GENERAL REGISTRATION: $350 (includes 1-year membership to the Mari Sandoz Society)

  • MARI SANDOZ SOCIETY MEMBER & STUDENT REGISTRATION: $300 (students must be 18 or older)

  • GUEST/NON-PARTICIPANT: $60 (This registration level is for spouses, friends and significant others who plan to accompany retreat participants, but who do not intend to attend the workshop sessions. We have a small number of private queen rooms for couples.)

    • Student Scholarships/Waivers*
      • FULL WAIVER: $0  (cost to register)

      • 2/3 WAIVER: $100 (cost to register)

      • 1/3 WAIVER: $200 (cost to register)

*A limited number of workshop fee waivers/scholarships are available for student writers. Applications are available at Deadline is May 10. (Early submission is recommended).


In the spirit of building a community of writers, we will be lodging in two large cabins nestled along Grace Coolidge Creek and across from the Game Lodge Resort (and within walking distance of our retreat meeting space in the Norbeck Room at the Creekside Resort). The Gamekeeper’s Cabin and the Creekside Cabin & Bunkhouse ( offer a mix of private rooms and communal quarters--with enough beds for all our participants. Couples registering together (or paying for a guest registration) will be assigned the private rooms first. When registering, you may indicate if you are attending with another person, and if you are comfortable with gender-neutral room assignments.

OFF SITE LODGING:  For those wishing to lodge away from our retreat facilities, the Black Hills region is a popular summer tourist destination, with a wide variety of lodging and recreational options to choose from--including within Custer State Park (Resorts: or Campsites: or in nearby Custer (25 minutes from our venue by car The area is very busy in June, so early reservations are encouraged. These costs are on your own.

PARK FEES: Any vehicle stopping in the park will need to purchase a 7-Day License: ($20 per vehicle)

COVID PROTOCOL:  While we are guests at South Dakota State Parks, we will be adhering to the State of South Dakota Health Measures for Covid-19: We will follow the Chadron State College recommendations regarding our instructional activities and classroom space:

REFUNDS: Due to limited space in the RETREAT, refunds can only be offered up to TEN days after registration. For planning purposes, there will be no refunds made after June 2nd. (Please note that if the workshop must be cancelled for any reason, we will notify all participants as soon as possible and process full refunds—and that participants impacted by any verified health-emergency, including COVID-19, are eligible for full refund at any time).


“Young Lance Fellowship” Recipient (zero cost to register: includes participation in the pre-workshop/emerging writer residency at Chadron State College)

Couples will be housed together. Each attendee is required to register individually and pay the required registration fee. Please name your companion here.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION If you are registering as a student, please submit the name of the educational institution where you are studying and class level


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