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An entertaining and inspiring hour featuring writers reading excerpts from their work done in the LITTLE MO WRITERS INCUBATOR PROJECT.

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In August 2020, LITTLE MO WRITERS incubator instructors Debra Marquart and Tayo Basquiat selected eight writers from a pool of applicants for the first Little Mo Writers Incubator Workshop, a program designed to guide and support the writers on a book project. The cohort met every other week in online workshop to discuss and receive detailed feedback on their work. Every participant made remarkable progress, tackling the difficulties involved in the writing craft and moving their projects forward. In this Page Turner event, these writers will read from their work-in-progress and hopefully inspire other writers out there to apply for the 2021-22 cohort!

Join us for an hour of getting to know the LITTLE MO WRITERS and hearing their latest work in progress. This hour will feature the following writers:

Dennis Berg grew up on a farm in northeastern North Dakota and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota before receiving a B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, and an M.A in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He taught mathematics and physics at private high schools in Italy, Australia and the U.S. and philosophy at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, prior to a career in business. He lives in Virginia and, since retirement, has been pursuing memoir and creative non-fiction writing at the Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland and through Humanities North Dakota.

Erin Ceynar is a writer, social change leader and self-described bridge builder. She’s published numerous essays including many in North Dakota’s alternative newspaper – the High Plains Reader – for which she was a founder. She grew up on the banks of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota and now resides in Northern California.

Jim Fuglie and Lillian Crook are a pair of retired English majors who grew up in southwest ND and now live at Red Oak House in Bismarck and spend much of their time exploring the back roads and trails of the North Dakota Bad Lands. You can learn more at Red Oak House and read more of their writing at and

Stephanie Manesis is a copywriter by day and is producing and directing a WWII documentary on compassion on the battlefield. In addition to writing her memoir, she sculpts in stone.

Denise Lajimodiere is an enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota. Denise is a scholar, poet, children’s book author, traditional Jingle Dress dancer, Ojibwe Birch Bark Biting artist, and lives in a cozy cottage by a lake on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Jamie Parsley is the author of thirteen books of poetry and a collection of short stories.  He has been an Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota since 2004.

Barb Solberg is a retired educator, grandmother, genealogist, and world traveler. She is writing an historical novel based on her mother’s family who were immigrant pioneers to North Dakota in the early 1900s.

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