Cottonwood Writer's Workshop Cottonwood Ranch on Highway 24 between Hoxie and Hill City, KS
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $30, (Lunch available for $5 or bring your own.)
The Friends of the Cottonwood are proud to continue the tradition of writing by presenting a Writer’s Workshop at the historic Cottonwood Ranch where, in the late 1800s, Fenton Pratt kept a daily journal.
Please join us for a day long program featuring regional authors: Faith Colburn, Jerilynn Henrikson and Thomas Fox Averill.
9:20-10:15 Faith Colburn—Author’s story, doing historical research for fiction/answer questions (parlor)
10:30-11:20 Jerilynn Henrikson—Author’s story, self-publishing and using a publisher (parlor)
11:30-1:00 Lunch tour and/or explore the grounds
1:15-3:00 Thomas Fox Averill—Author’s story and giving some prompts to help get the writing process started (parlor)
3:00 – 4:30 Open to the Public--Book signings, visiting with all 3 authors.
In the morning, Faith Colburn and Jerilynn Henrikson will present the story of their journey to writing. Faith has a background as a public information officer for Nebraska State Game and Parks Commission. She writes poetry, and fiction as well as historical articles and photo essays. Jerilynn’s background is teaching high school English and has written several children’s books and a memoir.
In the afternoon, Thomas Fox Averill will speak about his own publishing journey and give some prompts to help with writing when one is stuck, well as some editorial tips.
Lunch will be a variety of soups provided by the Friends of Cottonwood Ranch along with crackers and a relish tray. You may also bring your own. We will eat on the ranch house porch, weather allowing. Coffee/water and cookies will be available throughout the day.
Short tour(s) will be available (upon request) during the 90 minutes allowed for Lunch or you may explore on your own.
Additional Presenter Information
Faith Colburn is a sixth-generation Nebraskan, thoroughly immersed in midgrass and shortgrass prairies where she grew up. Her mother sang with “big bands” around the Great Lakes area and her father was a farmer. Faith was a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks and as such canoed the Dismal River, ridden the Sand Hills with Dog trainers and, cross country skied the Missouri bluffs , seined carp, fixed nets, picked trout eggs and camped out on Bone Creek.
She has a master’s degree in creative writing from UNK as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science and a master’s degree in journalism from the Univ. of Neb.-Lincoln. Her fiction has appeared in Kinesis and the Platte Valley Review and her poetry had been published in The Reynolds Review. She has also written numerous articles for NEBRASKAland magazine.
Jerilynn Henrikson has spent virtually all her life in Emporia, Kansas surrounded by family, friends and the tall grass prairie. She graduated from the College in Emporia, married her high school sweetheart and raised four children all in the same area.
Through the years she had learned to identify local birds by flight, feather and song and to recognize native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and critters. As a high school English teacher she explored the world through books and travel but the best part of the journey is coming home. The sea of grass and its boundless sky feeds her soul and fires her imagination.
Thomas Fox Averill is an O. Henry Award winner, a Writer-in-residence and a professor of English at Washburn University, where he teaches courses in Creative Writing and in Kansas Literature, Folklore and Film. He has published 4 novels, A Carol Dickens Christmas, rode, Secrets of the Tsil Café, and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson and several story collections. He has won several awards for his writing. He is also the editor of What Kansas Means To Me; Twentieth Century Writers in the Sunflower State.
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Cottonwood Ranch 14432 E US Hwy. 24 P.O. Box 13 Studley, Kansas 67740
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