Six Corners Workshop Information

The Writers Workshop details below are listed by location.


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“Write What You Feel: A Prose and Poetry Workshop on Writing Emotions”

Dr. Laura Madeline Wiseman, Facilitator

March 5, 2017

(1:00pm – 5:00pm)


Chadron Public Library

507 Bordeaux Street, Chadron, NE


Together we will engage in guided writing experiments and exercises for generating new work, discuss published work as guide and inspiration, and explore issues of craft, genre, and audience on this topic. We’ll consider these questions and more: How do our emotions influence and shape the stories we tell? Why are we drawn to particular emotional threads, but shy away from others? How does word choice, sentence structure, dialogue, content, or pace create mood? What alternative tones might we imagine in our work and what results when we reimagine? How do we ground emotions in experiences that resonate with our readers? This is a generative and supportive workshop designed to push ourselves to think deeply, foster the development of new directions, and find inspiration in the emotions that move us. At the end of the day, we will have the opportunity to submit the best of the new work written during the workshop. Within a week, the instructor will email a note of detailed feedback on the submission.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of over two-dozen books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance, selected for the Nebraska 150 Book List. Her collaborative book Intimates and Fools is a Nebraska Book Award 2015 Honor Book. Her latest book is Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016). She teaches women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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“Formulating Story Ideas and Story Structure”

Lisa Kovanda, Facilitator

April 2, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


Northeast Community College

801 E Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE


Participants will learn how to distill story ideas from life events or their imagination. They will then learn how to turn their ideas into a working outline to begin writing. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a story idea, and the beginning of a working outline, with handouts to guide them through the structure and outline process.

Lisa Kovanda is an award-winning fiction and screenwriter. In addition to her published books, and three produced films, this Past President of the Nebraska Writer's Guild has also taught screenwriting and story structure to international audiences.


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“Nuts and Bolts and Beyond”

Margaret Lukas, Facilitator

May 7, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


Sarpy County Museum

 2402 Clay St, Bellevue, NE


This class is designed to improve overall writing skill by covering some basic techniques of creative writing. It will help participants generate better work through developing their powers of observation and analysis, and through employing the use of concrete language, details, and imagery. The class will help participants become aware of how language rhythms, tone, and point of view in writing are integrated to convey meaning.

Margaret Lukas is a Nebraska Arts Council award winner and for eleven years has been an instructor in UNO’s Writer’s Workshop. Her first novel was published in 2014. She’s recently finished her second.



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“Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story”

Sarah Buhrman, Facilitator

June 4, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


McCook Public Library

802 Norris Ave, McCook, NE


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

Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet



July 2, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


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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The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon

N. L. Sharp, Facilitator

August 6, 2017

(1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


Kimball Public Library

208 S Walnut St, Kimball, NE


“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.



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.