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Six Corners of Nebraska Southwest

June 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

12:30 pm       Readings by Nebraska Authors

1:30 pm         Folktales, Folksongs, and Folk Dances of 1867

                        by Lorraine J. Duggin

2:30 pm         Readings by Nebraska Authors

3:30 pm         Maria Rodaway: Prairie Pioneer 

                        by Karen Wyatt Drevo

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  Sarah Buhrman – facilitator

“Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story”

Pre-registration encouraged/12 participant maximum

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

(the cost is $50.00)

Folktales, Folksongs, and Folk Dances of 1867 Nebraska

This presentation features various aspects of pioneer life, including, folk songs and dance, folktales and lore, possibly the traditional costumes of some immigrants. Lorraine may even get you on your feet to try out a few dance steps.

Dr. Lorraine Duggin is a poet and writer who teaches language arts/writing to refugees, immigrants and international students in the English-as-second-language Department at Metro Community College in Omaha. She has been publishing her own poetry, fiction and essays for many years and has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University as well as offering many readings and workshops throughout the Midwest. She is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools/Communities program and also in the Iowa Arts Council’s AIS/C program. Duggin also dances with the Omaha International Folk Dancers and three other folk dance groups that perform in Nebraska and the region. She has taught folk dancing from many cultures through the Presbyterian Outreach School for the Arts and through the Nebraska Arts Council. 

Maria Rodaway: Prairie Pioneer 

Maria (portrayed by her great-great granddaughter in period attire) looks back at her life as a prairie pioneer in Otoe County, Neb., where she homesteaded in 1867. Maria crossed the Atlantic Ocean with seven children to reunite her family after a 7½ year separation. She endured grasshoppers, hail, drought, tornadoes, blizzards, and the loss of her husband and six of her 13 children as she worked to become a citizen and a land owner in a new country. Resilient and resourceful, she lived a life of usefulness to her family and large circle of friends with her loving deeds and kind acts, delivering babies and nursing the sick. Program suitable for children grade 4 to adults.

Karen Wyatt Drevo: Seven generations of Karen Wyatt Drevo’s family have lived in Otoe County, Neb. Karen grew up on a farm north of Unadilla and received her early education in one-room Otoe County schools. She has degrees in English and history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently lives in Norfolk, where she is a librarian at Norfolk Public Library. Her life-long interest in her family history was sparked by the family stories told by her grandmothers.

 “Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story”

 “The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree,

and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.”

Vladimir Nabokov

A writer needs to make hard decisions about their plot, and so many things affect what our “rocks” are, including genre and characters. We will be discussing the nuances that determine what rocks to throw at our characters in order to make a compelling story, and how to approach writing them.

Sarah Buhrman – the lady in the green lipstick – has been writing for more than 20 years. She is the author of Too Wyrd and the Life 101 series, and has short stories and essays in several anthologies, including Twisted: a Horror Anthology and Visions IV: Between the Stars.


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

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


June 4, 2017
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Nebraska Writers Guild
(308) 227-3221


McCook Public Library
802 Norris Ave
McCook, NE 69001 United States
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