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Creative writing workshop

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cover of the Bill Meissner novel

The Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop in Poetry and Fiction will be offered by St. Cloud State 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. May 24-27 with faculty facilitator Bill Meissner, author of "Spirits in the Grass."

If you can come up with a better lead, maybe you should give creative writing a try.

The Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop in Poetry and Fiction is 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. May 24-27 with faculty facilitator Bill Meissner.

No prerequisite or prior writing experience is necessary for the non-graded, two credit class. It is an opportunity for teachers, student writers and community members looking for writing enrichment, feedback and motivation.

The course will offer presentations by poets and novelists, including multicultural topics, speakers, and authors featured in the Writers in Schools program. Topics of discussion will include: Description, setting and spirit in writing; writing and memory; writing the novel and nonfiction; masks of the self: creative visualization; poetry and imagery.

Meissner is the director of creative writing at St. Cloud State and his first novel “Spirits in the Grass” won the 2008 Midwest Book Award for fiction.

Among the presenters scheduled are Margaret Hasse, Minnesota Voices Award winner for “Stars Above, Stars Below;” Mayra Hornbacher, author of nonfiction memoirs “Wasted” and “Madness;” Thomas Maltman, award-winning author of the historical novel “The Night Birds” and John Minczeski, author of several poetry books including “The Spiders.”

Undergraduate students: This course cannot be substituted for English 342 or 343.

For more information, contact William Meissner at 320-308-4947 or e-mail wjmeissner@stcloudstate.edu.

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