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Six Corners of Nebraska – Northeast

April 2, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

12:30 pm        Readings by Nebraska Authors

1:30 pm          John & Mona Neihardt by Brad Kellogg & Raija Weiershauser

2:30 pm          Readings by Nebraska Authors

3:30 pm          Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories

                         by Jerome Kills Small

4:30 pm        “Future Great Writers of Nebraska”

                        Awards and Reading (contest for ages 13-25)

Other Opportunities:

12:00 – 5:00 Nebraska authors will be available at tables to personally visit with the public

1:00 – 5:00 Lisa Kovanda will facilitate –

“Formulating Story Ideas and Story Structure”

Pre-registration encouraged/12 participant maximum

(this is the only part of Six Corners of Nebraska – Northeast that is not free)

(the cost is $50.00)

John & Mona Neihardt

Sit down with John & Mona Neihardt, as he writes at his typewriter and she works on a sculpture.  Listen in as they reminisce about their lives together, including their long distance courtship as Mona studied under Rodin in Paris and John’s travels to South Dakota to meet Black Elk.

Brad Kellogg & Raija Weiershauser perform a variety of “Living History” shows, which are popular with Historical Societies, schools, Chautauqua’s and civic organization banquets and luncheons. They are regular presenters at the John G. Neihardt Center and portrayed John & Mona Neihardt at the 50th Anniversary of Neihardt Day. Kellogg’s book “The Aisles of the Forgotten Graveyard” is historically based on one hundred year old stories of those buried in our cemeteries, some of which they also portray in their various performances.

Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories  

Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends). When speaking to adult audiences, Kills Small also analyzes the Native American storytelling tradition.

Jerome Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A 1997 graduate from the University of South Dakota, with an M.A. in Selected Studies, and retired after 20 years at USD. He taught Lakota Language, American Indian Thought, Siouan Tribal Culture, Early Native American History. He is featured in the book, Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing, and has a story in the Silver Anniversary Anthology published by the SD Humanities Council. Mr. Kills Small has parts in the videos: Sucker Punched, Nagi Kicopi (Calling Back the Spirit,) Lost Landscapes, and Bones of Contention: Repatriation and Reburial (BBC.) Jerome is a storyteller for public schools, museums, and colleges. Jerome translates, explains, and sings Lakota ceremonial, sweatlodge, powwow, rabbit, round dance, warrior, vision quest, and sundance songs. He sings with the Iron Wing Singers of Wagner, SD. He is a powwow organizer, announcer, arena director, and helps in conducting Lakota ceremonies. He portrayed Tecumseh, a Shawnee Chief and British General. He also portrayed Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman, the first Dakota Medical Doctor. Mr. Kills Small is on the board of Directors for the Native American Advocacy Program,www.lakotanaap.org.

“Formulating Story Ideas and Story Structure”

Participants will learn how to distill story ideas from life events or their imagination. They will then learn how to turn their ideas into a working outline to begin writing. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a story idea, and the beginning of a working outline, with handouts to guide them through the structure and outline process.

Lisa Kovanda is an award-winning fiction and screenwriter. In addition to her published books, and three produced films, this Past President of the Nebraska Writer’s Guild has also taught screenwriting and story structure to international audiences.


Call or email: Wayne Anson, (308) 227-3221, wayne.anson@gmail.com

To register for the Writers Workshop or explore details:  nebraskawriters.org


April 2, 2017
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Nebraska Writers Guild
(308) 227-3221


Northeast Community College | Student Center
801 E Benjamin Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701 United States
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