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JAN. 19 - Discovering the Story

This is a course for writers at all levels who are interested in approaching fiction as a process of discovery.

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Discovering the Story

This is a course for writers at all levels who are interested in approaching fiction as a process of discovery. We will honor the spirit of exploration with the recognition that the journey is as important as the destination. We'll navigate the journey between memory and imagining, learning to trust our instincts and follow inspiration wherever it leads us. It is often said that writers should "write what you know." That can be an effective starting place, but it's also important to write what you need to know. Emphasis will be on generating new work and taking creative risks. Class time will include discussions and writing exercises designed to help us summon stories from our deepest imagination.

This class will meet at the same time for ten consecutive weeks (Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23).

If you have affiliation with any indigenous people group this class is free. Contact Sue Skalicky at for the promo code.

If you are an HND member this class is free. Go to the Vault at for the promo code.

Mona (Susan) Power is a Standing Rock Sioux author from Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Her fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, and USA Artists Fellowship. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The Grass Dancer: This critically-acclaimed novel from Susan Power—an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe—weaves the stories of the old and the young, of broken families, romantic rivals, men and women in love and at war.

Set on a North Dakota reservation, the novel reveals the harsh price of unfulfilled longings and the healing power of mystery and hope. Rich with drama and infused with the magic of the everyday, it takes readers on a journey through both past and present.


ONE BOOK, ONE NORTH DAKOTA featured author January 31, 2021

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