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Writers' Open Mic at the loft above Quincy's @ 128 S. Christian in Moundridge on Saturday, October 13 at 4pm.  Share your most recent work and get feedback from other writers.  Submit <500 words to read aloud to the group to laurieor123@gmail.com by October 6.  Fellowship and food downstairs (self-pay) after the readings.  Come join the fun.

Past Event:  The Pastor Wears a Skirt

by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Book Signing on Saturday, April 21, 2018,  10:00 - 11:30,

at Bethel College Mennonite Church, Newton, Kansas. 

Refreshments served.

Dorothy Nickel Friesen graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas (BA) and from the University of Kansas (MA).  She received a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri; pastored Manhattan Mennonite Church, Manhattan, Kansas, and First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio; served as assistant dean at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and conference minister for the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.  Dorothy currently resides in Newton, Kansas.

Rev. Dorothy Nickel Friesen, an ordained Mennonite pastor, digs deep into the soul of a pastor with humor, pathos, and passion.  Her memoir, a collection of short stories based on true events, visits the agony of bedside death, lost dreams, and angry parishioners who walk away from her leadership.  She also shares the laugh-out-loud stories of weddings (a missing groom), rituals of deep meaning (with water from the Jordan River), and tension-filled advocacy for peace (on a military base).

With honesty and warmth, Rev. Dorothy beckons women, especially, to love God's people as a leader, preacher, and friend.  She hopes this book will help you see beyond the "Bible wars" and deepen your faith that God generously gifts women for spiritual leadership.

Past Event:  WRITING WORKSHOP - April 20-21, 2018

Travel writer and naturalist George Frazier keynote presenter at the upcoming Tallgrass Science & Nature Writing Workshop April 20-21 on the Emporia State campus. Sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University.  The workshop will hold field activities on April 20 at the Ross Natural History Reservation, near Americus.  Book signing (free and open to the public) 11:30-1 p.m. Saturday at Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, 1122 Commercial, Emporia. To register 620-341-5574 or cgps@emporia.edu.

Past Event" From Moments to Memoirs

Saturday, April 7 memoir-writing workshop at Koerner Heights Church, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Writing coach Laurie Oswald Robinson will be teaching how to create a written legacy to pass on to your children and grandchildren.  Bring your journal, pen and memories.  Cost $50 - pay at the door.  Register by calling Mary Rosfeld at 620-367-8390.  Fun day of writing.

  Past Event:  Writing to Save Your Life Workshop

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Pine Village Wellness Center, Moundridge, KS

Learn how writing can be used as a tool for healing and transformation.

Katherine B. Wiens, M.Ed, LPC, author of Bars, Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts, will share insights and experience in using writing as a healing tool.

Joanna Pinkerton, freelance artist ande creator of the book Scripture Doodle3, will explain her creative process "until we have wings" using art and writing to work through the grief process.

The workshop will be from 9am-12noon.  A bonus, hands-on workshop in the afternoon will be an opportunity to apply what was introduced in the morning session.

Cost is $20 for the morning workshop and $10 for the bonus session.

For information or to register, contact Barb Orsi at barborsi@yahoo.com  316-300-0287 or Kathy Goering at kjgo@mtelco.net  316-371-6189.  Payment may be made vis PayPal: https://paypal.me/barborsi, type in the amount, and send Barb the money.

NaNoWriMo Challenge

November 01, 2017

"What is NaNoWriMo?" you ask......

"National Novel Writing Month" allows you to channel the collective energy of an entire nation of writers to meet your own writing goals.

StoryTellers of the Great Plains wants to inspire you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) throughout the month of November. 

Past Event: Book Crafting and Research Methods

October 12, 2017

Book Crafting and Research Methods
presented by author and professor Kimberly Schmidt

October 12, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00

MCC Center, 121 E. 30th St., North Newton KS

Author and historian Kimberly Schmidt, professor of History at Eastern Mennonite University, will be in Kansas to speak about the research for her novel for young adult readers, "Magpie's Blanket" (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). Recently awarded the WILLA Literary Award for 2017, Schmidt focuses on the legacy of Chief Black Kettle.


Many in Central Kansas have heard of the Cheyenne peace chief, Chief Black Kettle who signed many peace treaties but was killed in the Washita Massacre.  Chief Black Kettle spoke for accommodation to whites.  In spite of his peace stance, his tribal band twice faced massacre at the hands of the U.S. Army.

The novel follows the journey of a young Southern Cheyenne woman who, after surviving tremendous violence and bloodshed, seeks healing for herself and her people.  The story incorporates many eyewitness accounts of historic events and aspects of Cheyenne tribal life.

Cost for attending this event is a suggested donation of $20.

For information or to register, contact one of the StoryTellers of the Great Plains Advisors:  Barb Orsi (barborsi@yahoo.com), Laurie Oswald Robinson (laurieor123@gmaikl.com), Kathy Wiens (kathywiens59@gmail.com), Kathy Goering (kjgo@mtelco.net), or Elaine McAllister (bffgramma@gmail.com). 

Past Event: Playing With Words

June 17, 2017

Poetry Workshop with Charlotte Ostermann

Our Poet-in-Residence is a nationally known poet, speaker, and teacher. Author of A Destiny to Burn: Reflections on Poetry & Spiritual Life, Charlotte connects poetry and personhood in surprising ways that enliven both.

Sponsored by: Storytellers of the Great Plains, a regional networking group for writers of all kinds.

Past Event: Mid-Winter Blues and Other Musings

March 19, 2017

Join us and listen or be a reader!

Writers, beginner to advanced; you are invited to read original prose! Please submit no more than 500 words with a $5.00 registration fee to Laurie Oswald Robinson.

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