Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Story Catcher Writing Workshop goes online

Jun 29, 2020

Chadron – The 2020 annual Story Catcher Writing Workshop will be a one-day virtual event Monday. Registration is $25 for general admission, $10 for Sandoz Society members and students. Students may also contact Dr. Matt Evertson to apply for a waiver.

Workshop faculty include Dinty W. Moore and Alyson Hagy.

Moore will present “Flash-Demic I: The Art of Flash Nonfiction and the Heart Story” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and “Flash-Demic II” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Students will be offered a series of prompts to locate the heart story, or the invisible river of meaning, and then craft unique flash essays related to the current health-crisis and other conflicts in society.

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hagy will lead “American Community: A Fiction Exercise and Discussion.” This session will focus on techniques writers can use to power up their fiction.

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in writing from the University of Pittsburgh, worked briefly as a journalist, and served short stints as a documentary filmmaker, modern dance performer, zookeeper, and Greenwich Village waiter. After these ventures, Moore went on to earn an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. Moore is the former director of Ohio University’s undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs, and has authored books of literary nonfiction, as well as textbooks and craft guides.

His work has been published in “Harpers,” “The New York Times Sunday Magazine,” the “Philadelphia Inquirer,” “Utne Reader,” “Salon,” “Okey-Panky,” the “Southern Review,” the “Georgia Review,” and the “Los Angeles Review of Books.” A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient, Moore has taught creative nonfiction seminars across the U.S. and in Europe. He is the founder and editor of the internet journal, “Brevity,” and he serves on the editorial board of “Creative Nonfiction” magazine.

Hagy is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan. She was awarded a Hopwood Prize in Short Fiction and a Roy Cowden Fellowship. Hagy has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize, the High Plains Book Award, the Devil’s Kitchen Award, the Syndicated Fiction Award, and has been included in Best American Short Stories.

She taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and the Stonecoast Writers Conference in Maine before joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 1996. She is the author of eight works of fiction. Her 2018 novel, “Scribe,” is described by Graywolf Press as “a haunting, evocative tale about the power of storytelling, drawing on traditional folktales and the history and culture of Appalachia.” In “Scribe,” Hagy addresses timely issues such as migration, pandemic disease, the rise of authoritarianism.

For more information about how to register, contact Evertson at

—CSC College Relations