Admittedly, when Brenna Gerhardt sent me an email this past spring titled "Theoretical Project," I was a bit nervous. Brenna asked me if I would like to join Deb Marquart on a journey through western North Dakota to teach people writing. I had to read the email twice. Deb Marquart. Writing workshops. Western North Dakota. What wasn't to love?
North Dakota is etched on my heart. In my youth I wandered creeks, over buttes, through coulees, and I have found that the landscape of North Dakota has never quite left me. I grew up with my maternal grandparents sharing stories from their childhoods, and I eventually came to love the world of language and words. It is from this place of love that I am eager to return to North Dakota with Deb to teach these upcoming creative writing workshops.
Both Deb and I are grateful for the participants who have already signed up to be a part of our workshops. (And please know that there is still room for more in some communities.) We're eager to return to our home state to help share stories in poetry, in fiction, in essays, in writing at large. We're less than three days away from getting started. We look forward to writing with you soon!