Prairie Gate Literary Festival Workshops

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Date: 
October 8, 2022
Date: 
10:00am to 2:00pm
Campus Location: 

Briggs Library Main Level

Visiting Prairie Gate Literary Festival authors offer free craft talk workshops on Saturday, October 8th on the main floor of Briggs Library.

Choose the ones that you're most interested in. Pre-register to reserve a slot. See below for details.

Workshop Pre-Registration Form

Workshop #1: Joshua Whitehead
Title: On Bodies of Writing
Location: Briggs Library, McGinnis Room
Time: Saturday, October 8 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Description: Participants will discuss and work through issues of writing of and from the body (here expanding our idea of body into: bodies of land, water, literature, ancestor) while also taking up issues of what gender means to genre and what "literary realism" means to BIPOC writers. This workshop will include mini-lectures, writing prompts, and oral storytelling/sharing.

Workshop #2, Teresa Peterson & Walter LaBatte, Jr
Title: Weaving Stories: A Glimpse Into the Writing and Research Process
Location: Briggs Library, SmartBoard Room #240
Time: Saturday, October 8 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Description: Authors Teresa Peterson and Walter LaBatte will share their writing and research process, the challenges they faced, and the compromises and solutions they applied to complete their project Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers. Teresa will also share her first children’s book, Grasshopper Girl and the support she received from Native owned publisher, Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing. If time allows, Teresa will also share a piece and writing prompt from her current writing project. Topics covered in the workshop include: digging into research sources, challenges (e.g. multiple voices, stories vs history, family/community/Dakota people representations, language translations & interpretation, maintaining voices vs editor).

Workshop #3: Gwen Nell Westerman
Title: Listening to the Land
Location: Briggs Library, McGinnis Room
Time: Saturday, October 8 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Description: The workshop will include short writing exercises that focus on learning to listen to the land and our connections to it. Through observing and re-presenting images, participants will move through the process of free-writing to collecting lines to building poems.

Workshop #4: Thomas Peacock
Title: Talking Story: Authentic Voice in Writing
Location: Briggs Library, SmartBoard Room #240
Time: Saturday, October 8 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Description: The presenter will use selected passages of his own writing about Native characters, animal characters, and reservation life, as well the writing of audience participants, to engage in conversation about finding one’s authentic voice.

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