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Creative writing workshop

Monday, March 11, 2013

Novelist Jenny Milchman will present at the Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop

Novelist Jenny Milchman will present at the Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop.

Mystery novelist Jenny Milchman is one of seven authors participating in the June 17-20 Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop, a signature St. Cloud State Summer Sessions offering.

The workshop (ENG 445-545) will be facilitated in 51 Building by award-winning author and poet Bill Meissner, St. Cloud State director of creative writing and professor of English.   

In addition to presentations, students will participate in writing exercises and interact informally with professional writers.

The two-credit workshop focuses on fiction, poetry and novel-writing. No writing experience or prerequisites are required.

Milchman's 2013 Ballentine Books mystery "Cover of Snow" earned a Booklist starred review: "This is a richly woven story that not only looks at the devastating effects of suicide but also examines life in a small town and explores the complexity of marriage."  

Milchman, who hails from New Jersey, teaches for New York Writers Workshop and Arts by the People. She wrote seven unpublished novels before selling "Cover of Snow" to Ballentine, a major imprint of Random House, Inc. She will present on the business of writing and publishing. Follow her on Twitter at

Marya Hornbacher is the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs "Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia" and "Madness: A Bipolar Life." The former, which was a Pultizer Prize nominee, has been published in 16 languages and is a popular university text.

Alexs Pate earned a 1995 Minnesota Book Award for fiction with his debut novel "Losing Absalom." His other works include four novels, a book of poetry and a book about rap music. Pate teaches courses in the African American & African Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

Susan Power is the author of "The Grass Dancer," the 1995 PEN/Hemingway Award winner for Best First Fiction. The novel focuses on four generations of Native Americans, spanning the years 1864 to 1986. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the renowned Iowa Writer's Workshop, Power is part Lakota and has ties to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. She is an inspirational speaker and teacher of creative writing courses at Hamline University.

Bill Meissner authored the 2008 novel "Spirits in the Grass," which won the Midwest Book Award, and two short story collections, "Hitting into the Wind" and "The Road to Cosmos." His four books of poetry include the University of Notre Dame Press title "American Compass."

Shannon Olson is the author of the best-selling novels "Welcome To My Planet (Where English is Sometimes Spoken)" and "Children of God Go Bowling." She is an associate professor of English at St. Cloud State, where she has taught since 2004. 

Margaret Hasse is a Minnesota Voices Award winner for her poetry collection "Stars Above, Stars Below." She earned a 2008 Midwest Book Award for "Milk and Tides." Hasse works as a writing and arts administration consultant in Minneapolis.

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