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Estherville Art Center to present writer’s workshop

By Staff | Jun 2, 2010

A setting sun is reflected in the melting early spring snows at Fort Defiance State Park. The park lodge will be the site of a workshop on memoir writing, Writing into the Sunset, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, June 24.

Do you have a life story you think is worth telling? Do you have a family member who does?

Estherville Art Center will present Writing into the Sunset: A Workshop in Writing Memoir 6-10 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at the lodge at Fort Defiance State Park.

Michael Tidemann will present the workshop which is intended to help writers jumpstart their memoir or life story.

Tidemann has taught creative writing at Buena Vista University. He was founder of The Longneck, a literary magazine which published work by writers such as Elizabeth Leonie Simpson, author of Stranger From Home; James Alan McPherson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and Fredrick Manfred, regionally known author of Lord Grizzly which had an extended stay on the New York Times bestseller list.

The workshop will use both fiction and nonfiction strategies to help writers “dig deep” and find those stories in themselves – or others – that are unique and fascinating.

Topics will include creating a sense of place, description, creating plot, developing a character and writing dialogue. Writers will also learn a variety of memoir structural strategies.

The cost of the workshop is $25 which covers workshop materials and handouts, a light meal and a one year’s membership in the Estherville Art Center.

Payment may be made at the workshop. An RSVP would be appreciated for meal-planning purposes.

To reserve a seat in the workshop, call 712-362-2622 or 712-299-6635 or E-mail michaeltidemann@hotmail.com