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Writing Retreat at Historic Fort Robinson from Tuesday, June 5th through Thursday, June 7th

With 2018 Writers-In-Residence Jeff Lockwood, Nina McConigley, and H.L. Hix


All of the following options include opening night BBQ and reception, Wednesday and Thursday lunch in quarters, light refreshments, and three night's lodging Tuesday through Thursday at our retreat venue*

  • General Registration $350 (Includes a one-year membership to the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society)
  • Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Members & Students (High School or College) $300
  • Guest/Non-Participant: $75 (This registration level is for spouses, friends, and significant others who plan to accompany retreat participants and does not include access to the workshop sessions. Lodging only if space is available



Space is limited to 15 writers. Early registration is encouraged.

REFUNDS: Due to limited space in the retreat, refunds can only be offered up to ten days after registration. There will be no refunds made after May 30, 2018.


Many of our events will be taking place outdoors and in historic buildings.  Participants should be prepared to navigate stairs and for moderate physical activity in variable weather.

Lodging & Meals

*This is a writing retreat, with an emphasis on building a community of writers in our two days together. Participants will not only share their writing in process, but also the 1890 Brick Officer Quarters. This is a large building, but be aware that sleeping accommodations will be communal, with up to four individual bunks in some of the rooms. (When registering you may indicate if you are attending with another person, and if you are comfortable with gender-neutral room assignments. We have two private rooms with queen-sized beds available for couples). There is a full kitchen and refrigerator available.

If you prefer not to stay at the retreat venue, (or for those traveling from afar who may want a place to stay in the region before and/or after the events), rooms are available at the Lodge (approximately $79 per night) or at a nearby hotel in Crawford or Chadron (plan on a 30 minute commute). There are also camping facilities available. These costs and arrangements are your own.

Affordable lodging and dining options are available. Visit the Dawes County Tourism web site or contact us for further details.

Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer Instructorship

Graduate students and others who have writing classroom experience (either as a teacher, student or both), and whose work shows promise, may apply for the Emerging Writer Instructorship. The successful applicant will be honored as a “Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer,” will have fees waived for the Retreat and Workshop, and will lead a workshop session of their design for the rest of the Story Catcher participants. A small stipend will be provided for their instruction and to help defray a portion of their travel expenses.  See application for details.




A limited number of full and partial tuition waivers will be offered to support talented student writers this year.  See application for details.