Creative nonfiction workshop June 13

The Dakota Writing Project and the South Dakota Humanities Council are co-sponsoring a day-long workshop open to the general public, �Tell Your Real Stories: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop,� to be held on the University of South Dakota-Vermillion campus on June 13, 2011.

Led by author and editor Brian Bedard, this workshop is ideal for both beginning and advanced writers who want to tell stories about real people and events in a compelling manner, to keep readers interested. This workshop provides guidance in writing creative nonfiction, a genre in which the writer uses literary craft to make facts more interesting and accessible for the reader.

The workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. on your own. The workshop location is East Hall 111, University of South Dakota, Vermillion. A light breakfast of coffee, tea, and muffins is provided. Participants should bring writing tools such as a computer laptop and/or paper and pens.

Participants can save $5 by registering early: mail a check or money order for $15, postmarked no later than June 6, 2011, to: Dakota Writing Project, Dakota Hall 212, University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390.

For regular registration, bring $20 to the workshop on the day of the event.

Brian Bedard recently retired from his position at the University of South Dakota as a professor of English, where he directed the creative writing program and served as editor of South Dakota Review. His stories have appeared widely in such forums as Quarterly West, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.

His first collection of stories, Hour of the Beast and Other Stories, was published by Chariton Review Press. His second collection of stories, Grieving on the Run, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award from Snake Nation Press, and was published by Snake Nation Press in 2007 and nominated by that press for the National Book Award in 2008. The South Dakota Council of Teachers of English honored him as the 2008 South Dakota Author of the Year.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dakota Writing Project, a non-profit teachers� organization, and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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