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Write on the Prairie Winter 2020


Please contact Karen Shoemaker if you would like to be placed on waiting list

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, Larksong Writers’ Place offers its first Write on the Prairie Retreat at the Prairie Creek Inn, a bed and breakfast in the historic Leavitt House mansion in the countryside near Lincoln. 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. Along with the charming and comfortable bedrooms, the Inn offers many spaces for writers to set up for hours of exploring on the page. Fireplaces on two floors are sure to keep you cozy even if the winter wind is howling outside the window. If you’re willing, there are trails to walk through the woods and fields surrounding the Inn.

We offer two options for this event: daytime workshops only (meals available for a fee) and overnight stays plus workshops. The overnight stays include room, all meals, and workshops. Each room offers its own charm and amenities and are priced individually.

Space is limited for the overnight option. To accommodate as many as we can, we offer individual rooms (each has one bed) and two group options at the Lakeview Lodge on the property. The Lakeview Lodge would be a perfect place for your writers’ group to get together and have the space to yourselves. Each suite is only available to groups. In each suite there is a kitchen and dining area, a fireplace, one bedroom with a king size bed, and shared area with 8-ft futons. A perfect place for late night literary discussions.


To Register select room choice below:

Golden Sunset Room (reserved)  $803 (Includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Prairie View Room      (reserved)          $1,034 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Legacy Room (reserved)        $935 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Homestead Room  (reserved)   $835 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Inspiration Point  (reserved)     $935 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Cedars Room  (reserved)      $769 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Lake Lodge (available to groups only)

The Lake Lodge building includes 2 separate suites. Each suite has 2 levels and includes one bedroom, private bath with air jet tub, living rooms with new 8″ innerspring futons, gas fireplace, cathedral ceiling, log stairway, balcony or rear deck, kitchen/kitchenette, second bathroom with shower, and front porch.

Trails’ End Suite (group of 4)                         $2,688.28 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)

Outdoorsman Suite (group of 6)                    $3958.71 (includes tuition, meals, and 3 nights' lodging)


Daytime only options (lunch and dinner available for a fee)

Morning Workshop (2-days)                          $399
Lunch                                                              $14
Dinner                                                             $18

$200 deposit due by December 1st, 2019. Balance due January 15, 2020

Check out the Prairie Creek Inn for more info on the site.

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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