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ND Humanities Council helps bring national writers to Williston for writing workshops

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Posted by WSC Marketing; Kayla McKeil, Director of Marketing

ND Humanities Council helps bring national writers to Williston for writing workshops

WILLISTON, N.D. - Have a story to tell, but not sure where to start? Williston State College is teaming up with the North Dakota Humanities Council to connect you with two professional and accomplished North Dakota authors in two free writing workshops.

The two-part workshops are intended for writers at every stage of development, and are free and open to the public.

Debra Marquart's memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere (Counterpoint Books, 2006), was awarded 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Marquart is a professor of English and the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. Her next book, a poetry collection titled Small Buried Things, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2013.

Taylor Brorby  is currently serving as Holden Village's first Writer-In-Residence. His first book, 50 Years of Memories: Holden Village And Its History, is due out in late 2014.

These hands-on workshops are designed for members of the community interested in honing their writing skills. Each event will include a discussion of the process of researching and writing, about the different approaches to writing the essay, and will include time to workshop with the authors. Participants should bring a notebook and pen/pencil.

Williston State will be hosting the first workshop on their campus in the Learning Commons Thursday, November 7th and 21st from 11am - 1pm. Any numbers of participants are welcome to attend these sessions. Lunch will be provided both days.

Books on Broadway will be hosting the second workshop on Friday, November 8th and 22nd from 6pm - 8pm at 12 West Broadway in Williston. Space is limited at this workshop and participants must register to attend.

Participants must be able to attend both sessions of whichever workshop they choose to join.

Finished stories generated during the workshops will appear on the NDHC website.  The NDHC will also publish a special issue of On Second Thought magazine in the summer of 2014 that will print the best stories from the workshops.

For more information about Marquart's and Brorby's visit to Williston, contact WSC's Steve Grunenwald at 701.774.4255, or  A complete schedule of their visit is available for viewing online at Participants should visit the NDHC website and register as soon as possible. Space is limited.