Six Corners Workshop Information

The Writers Workshop details below are listed by location.

 

 

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SIX CORNERS OF NEBRASKA - SOUTHWEST

“Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story”

Sarah Buhrman, Facilitator

June 4, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

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McCook Public Library

802 Norris Ave, McCook, NE

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“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree,

and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.”

Vladimir Nabokov

 

A writer needs to make hard decisions about their plot, and so many things affect what our "rocks" are, including genre and characters. We will be discussing the nuances that determine what rocks to throw at our characters in order to make a compelling story, and how to approach writing them.

Sarah Buhrmanthe lady in the green lipstick – has been writing for more than 20 years. She is the author of Too Wyrd and the Life 101 series, and has short stories and essays in several anthologies, including Twisted: a Horror Anthology and Visions IV: Between the Stars.

 

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SIX CORNERS OF NEBRASKA - BIG SPRINGS CORNER

“Playing Around with Words: Poems, Stories, and the Creative Process”

Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet

Facilitator

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July 2, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

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North Platte Public Library

120 W 4th St, North Platte, NE

 This writing workshop focuses on the creative process for both poetry and short prose. Twyla will use readings of her own and others’ writing, along with guided writing exercises, to create an interactive and supportive workshop. Through these exercises, participants will retrieve their own and others’ experiences to generate new possibilities for unique stories that might also be shaped into a poem or essay.

Twyla M. Hansen is Nebraska’s State Poet. Her latest book of poetry is ROCK • TREE • BIRD (2017 The Backwaters Press).

 

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SIX CORNERS OF NEBRASKA - PANHANDLE SOUTHWEST

The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon

N. L. Sharp, Facilitator

August 6, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

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Kimball Public Library

208 S Walnut St, Kimball, NE

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“Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies close to your heart.”

Bess Streeter Aldrich

 

"It seems to be characteristic of the amateur to write of things beyond his horizon. There is no doubt a psychological reason for this. Be that as it may, the young writer will find eventually that he can work with truth and sincerity only on the material with which he is familiar. One of my early stories concerned itself with a millionaire's wife sojourning in the hills of Vermont. Now I have never been in the hills of Vermont although I am going there someday to see if by any chance I happened to describe them correctly. And my first-hand knowledge of millionaire's wives has been somewhat limited. After many unsatisfactory trips, the story was purchased by a third-rate magazine which was more than the hollow tale deserved. I had not yet learned the lesson which the experience of later years brought; that a story rings most true when it is drawn from the limitations of our geographical, mental, or emotional boundaries." Bess Streeter Aldrich, from an article in the Prairie Schooner, January, 1927.

 

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Join N. L. Sharp in Kimball for a writing marathon. Through a series of writing prompts and timed writing sessions, writers will follow the advice of Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich to develop material that is sincere and true while exploring their own geographical, mental, and emotional boundaries.

Nancy Sharp is an established children's author from Fremont, Nebraska and the owner of the Nebraska-based publishing house, Prairieland Press.