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Poetry of Place Information Now Available

Poetry of Place Information Now Available

This information came in last week, and it’s exciting.  Check it out. “All Nebraska students, grades one through twelve, are encouraged to submit an original poem, reflective of that student’s “place” to their teacher. Teachers will forward up to12 poems per school (4 each from three grade divisions, 1-5, 6-8, 9-12) to the Nebraska Writing Project (NeWP) at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Nebraska poets Twyla Hansen and Matt Mason will read the poems and, based on quality and their representation of Nebraska place in rural, urban, and suburban settings, choose 9 to 12 poems statewide, to be published on the Nebraska Writing Project website.  Also, selected student poets will be invited to read their work at various venues around Nebraska, as well as the Poetry of Place Celebration on May 5th, 2017 in the Warner Chambers at the State Capitol in Lincoln, alongside Twyla Hansen and Matt Mason.” Attached below are two items — a brochure and and an information/permission form.  The documents: Information/permission...

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2017 Summer Camp Registration Now Available

2017 Summer Camp Registration Now Available

Summer Camp 2017 is out there on the horizon.  With that in mind, the registration form is both available in the camp link here on the website and here: 2017 Camp #18 flyer Check it all out and think summer!  

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Did you know Ted Kooser had a website?

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, who lives down the road near Lincoln, has a website with lots of good stuff.  No surprise, the website is tedkooser.net . There’s lot a great poetry and poetry reading online there. Below is a reading done by Kooser that is short and...

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A Novel in November: National Novel Writing Month 2016

A Novel in November: National Novel Writing Month 2016

Longtime contributor Stu Burns penned the following article. It’s all about writing a bunch this fall along with thousands (tens of thousands? more?) people across the nation and world.  Read and enjoy and think about trying your hand at knocking out a novel. * * * There is a piece of folk art that I’ve seen floating around offices and tacked on refrigerators. It is a circle with the letters “TUIT” printed on the interior – a “round TUIT” if you will. As the story goes, most people have some great project they are ruminating on that they will undertake once they get “a round TUIT.” This little homophonic talisman, abusive of language as it may be, is a gentle reminder that the opportunity they seek is right in front of them, ready for the taking. Since people who are apathetic about writing rarely read literary journals, chances are that you are either a regular writer or aspire to be. To paraphrase Jane Austin, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a regular or aspiring writer must be in want of their first book. If you have already completed a volume or two, that’s great. However, I suspect that most of my readers have rather good ideas for novels, but have delayed progress on them until they “get a round TUIT.” I am not so naïve as to ignore the many real reasons that most of us have not written our long works of fiction. Children, work, education, and many other slings and arrows of outrageous fortune organically conspire against the singularly meditative practice involved in writing, and a cutout paper charm is no substitute for the gumption it takes to grind out a novel. I am not qualified to give any wisdom on that discipline; my own books remain trapped in my head and heart, still waiting to run free on paper or through digital media. Over the last few years, though, I’ve become friends with a remarkable cadre of creative minds who have found a great way to push out the words, turning off their private editors and censors for one month to accomplish a goal most folks never reach: writing a short novel. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a just-for-fun, on-your-honor program that thousands take part in every year. In its purest sense, the prospective author starts out with a blank word processor document at 12:01 am on November 1. By midnight of the 30th, they have a narrative of 50,000 words. Some people have prepared extensive outlines in the preceding months. Others fly by the seat of their pants, making things up as they go. Many take advantage of their online co-writers, posting their...

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