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Write on the Prairie Winter 2020

This event is now in the history books! At least the history we're writing anyway. It was a grand event! Stay tuned for more programming in the future!


Write on the Prairie

Winter Writing Retreat and Workshop
with Karen Gettert Shoemaker and Twyla Hansen

February 6-9, 2020

February in Nebraska offers writers an opportunity to settle in to introspection and contemplation in ways few other months can match. The holidays are behind us, spring is distant hope, but the now of midwinter is bursting with page-filling possibilities. Now is the time to schedule a writing workshop and retreat in a quiet, comfortable place to share the warmth of a winter fire with other writers.

This February, former Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen and novelist Karen Gettert Shoemaker will lead generative writing workshops each morning and offer writing invitations to take you into your own projects, or help you find new ones, during the afternoon and evening hours and beyond.

Meet the Workshop Leaders:

Twyla Hansen was Nebraska's State Poet (2013-2019) and co-directs the website Poetry from the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective. Her new book is Rock · Tree · Bird (Backwaters, 2017). Two of her previous books won Nebraska Book Awards. Her writing is published in Midwest Quarterly, Nebraska Life, Organization & Environment, Prairie Fire, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, National Treasures of the Great Plains: An Ecological Perspective, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, the Poetry Out Loud anthology, and many others. Born in Omaha, she was raised on her Danish grandparents' farm in Burt County.


Karen Gettert Shoemaker is an internationally published author and experienced writing mentor and teacher. Her novel, The Meaning of Names, was selected for the One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program in 2016 and the Omaha Reads community reading program in 2014. It is being republished in China in 2020. Her award-winning short story collection, Night Sounds and Other Stories, published in the US in 2002, and republished in the United Kingdom in 2006.

She is a writing mentor with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s MFA in Writing Program, and founder of Larksong Writers’ Place, an organization of independent writing workshops, manuscript consulting, and community-building for aspiring writers. 





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