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Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Photo of Bill Meissner, facilitator of the Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop

Bill Meissner will facilitate the Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop. He is an author, poet and professor of English at St. Cloud State.

Photo of author and memoirist Marya Hornbacher Photo of Bill Meissner, facilitator of the Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop  

St. Cloud State's creative writing workshop returns this summer with presentations by six published writers.

Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop (ENG 445-545) is May 15-18 in the 51 Building.

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

The workshop focuses on fiction writing and poetry. No writing experience or prerequisites are required.

Presenters are:

Margaret Hasse will present on "Writing and Memory." She 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 an arts administrator in Minneapolis.

Marya Hornbacher is the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs "Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia" and "Madness: A Bipolar Life." The former has been published in 16 languages and is a popular university text. Her presentation is title "The Working Writer: Writing the Novel and Nonfiction."

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 for 10 years. She will present on "Mining the Mundane: Finding Stories in Everyday Life."

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. He'll present on "The African American Writer."

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. Her presentation is titled "Writing: A Native Perspective."

The workshop is facilitated by Bill Meissner, director of creative writing at St. Cloud State. Meissner is a novelist, poet and short story writer. His most recent work is "Spirits in the Grass," a 2008 Midwest Book Award winner for fiction. He will present on "Locating Yourself: Description, Setting and Spirit in Writing." 

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