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2017 Spring Writers Workshop with Carol Ann Russell

Generating Truth: The Poet Within & Wild Geography Between Genres
-Ghosts, Figures & Friends

When: Saturday April 8th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Our home at 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Who: Adult participants with writing experience and the desire to experience unbound language and time: the intersections of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and memoir.

Why: Writer Participants will develop strategies for accessing emergent, new material for their writing (in all genres) and will learn techniques for developing this material into dynamic and authentic language.

A registration form can be found here:


Carol Ann Russell will teach a writing workshop at Headwaters School of Music and the arts on Saturday April 8th. The day long workshop will begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm, with a half hour lunch break 12:30. 

The cost to attend is $50 per participant, which includes an evaluation of 6 pages of manuscript. Those who attend will be provided a notebook and folder/

Participating writers will be invited to read and share copies of their work with workshop members during the morning session. In the afternoon, they will be introduced to a series of writing designs which generate dynamic fields between genres which can then be linguistically expended. By identifying crossings and thresholds which link autobiographical threads, traditional “genre” disappears into authentic voice: this transcends “space-time” to realize what is true beyond mere fact.

About the Instructor

Carol Ann Russell has an M.F.A in Poetry from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has taught creative writing at universities and colleges in Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, and Connecticut prior to coming to Minnesota in 1988, to teach Creative Writing at Bemidji State University where she is a Full Professor. Russell has four published collections of poetry: The Red Envelope (U Press, FL); Feast (Loonfeather Press, MN); Silver Dollar (West End Press, NM); Gypsy Taxi (Backwaters Press, NE); and a limited edition letterpress edition, Passeggiata, in Italian and English, on handmade Fabriano paper, signed and illustrated by artist Jauneth Skinner, along with a musical score composed by Dr. Paul Brandvik, recorded at University of Minnesota. A recipient of many grants and awards, Russell was a resident in poetry at the Australian Centre, Melbourne University (Australia) and at the American Academy in Rome (Italy).