The Little Mo Writers Incubator Project is designed to guide and support the work of writers engaged in research nonfiction projects that focus on a person, place, or event in North Dakota or bordering regions. Research nonfiction here is defined as biography or profile writing; reportage or immersion journalism; and cultural history or archival research that brings to light any of the following subjects related to the state: 1) places of interest 2) notable events that have occurred in the state or 3) people of note who currently reside or have lived in the state of North Dakota or bordering regions
A cohort of 8 writers will be selected for the first incubator via a formal application process. Interested writers are asked to submit the following: 1) A synopsis of the research project not to exceed 500 words, including the title and genre of the project; a description of the subject(s) of the project; and details about any research steps completed or required to bring the project to fruition. Please indicate your level of completion of the project (early, middle, end) and steps you need to take to finish the project. 2) A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages. 3) A short biographical narrative, up to 200 words, describing your experience and accomplishments.
Debra Marquart (Iowa State University) is a memoirist, poet, and singer/songwriter. She is the author of six books including The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere. Marquart’s work has received multiple awards including an NEA Fellowship, a PEN USA Award, a New York Times Editors’ Choice commendation, and Elle Magazine’s Elle Lettres Award. The Senior Editor of Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, Marquart teaches in ISU’s interdisciplinary MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment and in the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.
Tayo Basquiat (Bismarck State College) is a writer, teacher, adventurer, scavenger, and Wilderness First Responder. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wyoming, and his work has appeared in Orion Magazine, Superstition Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Nasiona, Proximity Magazine, On Second Thought , as producer of Wyoming Public Media’s “Spoken Words” podcast, and elsewhere.
Incubator Schedule | Activities
Orientation | September 25-27, 2020 (Location: Moved Online): Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, our badlands retreat will need to be conducted via Zoom. We ask that you reserve that Saturday in its entirety to fully participate in this important initial workshop.
Online Workshop | October – November Sessions (Wednesdays 7-9 pm CDT, Online) Online class will meet four times (every two weeks) for two hours each class meeting. In the fall sessions, each incubator participant will submit a “first fifty page” sample of their project to be workshopped/discussed by Incubator cohort.
Online Workshop | January – February Sessions (Wednesdays, 7-9 pm CDT, Online) Online class will meet four times (every two weeks) for two hours each class meeting. In the winter sessions, each incubator participant will submit the “second fifty page” sample of their project to be workshopped/discussed by Incubator cohort.
Idea-to-Book Publishing Intensive | March 7, 2021 (Bismarck, ND area) Cohort will reconvene in Bismarck to reflect on Incubator experience and discuss plans for future development and completion of research project.
The Idea-to-Book Publishing talk will be open to the public.
Incubator participants will give short readings from their projects at the public event.
Liz Lerman and John Borstel, Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process: a method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert
Computer or computer access, Word processing software and reliable internet connection.
Incubator Project | Participant Cost
Course Fee: $895 (HND members only)
Scholarships for partial or full coverage of the course fee are available! (Scholarship application form coming soon)
Additional Expenses: Participants must factor in out-of-pocket expenses to attend Fall Orientation Session in Badlands (Travel/Lodging/Food) and March 7 “Idea to Book Publishing Intensive” event in Bismarck. Participants may be eligible for grant from North Dakota Arts Council to support these additional expenses.
About Humanities North Dakota Remote Workshops and Events
Humanities ND will be hosting all of our workshops and events remotely until it has been deemed safe to again meet publicly. We’ve decided as a staff that the best thing we can do for our community is to follow the advice of public health experts, and participate in the distant socialization that’s recommended to help slow the spread of disease. You will be able to participate in class via Zoom video conference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! You’ll receive an email from the workshop or event coordinator on the day your class is scheduled with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to email@example.com for more information.
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