Seminar meant to aid writers

BLUE EARTH – Writing is a dream many people have, but sometimes they need a boost to help them get going.

That’s where the Writers Workshop on Sept. 28 at Hope United Methodist Church can help.

“This is a stepping stone to get those creative juices going,” said Eva Gaydon, director of Blue Earth Area Library.

“This workshop is for anyone who has a passion for writing or wants to write,” she said, no matter what their experience level may be. “I don’t want this to intimidate anyone if they haven’t written anything down. We’re happy to have anybody.”

Blue Earth River Writers has brought in four instructors for the all-day workshop.

Doors open at 8 a.m., with a meet-and-greet at 8:30 a.m. Students can attend the morning session, the afternoon session or both. There is no limit on class size and participants can sign up the day of the workshop.

The morning session begins at 9 a.m. A catered lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

The afternoon session will start at 1 p.m. and finish about 3:30 or 4 p.m.

Cost to attend for adults is $25, $15 for students through grade 12.

Gaydon knows writers all have different interests, so she put together a diverse collection of classes.

“You want a variety of things,” Gaydon said. “Not everyone wants to write a novel; some want to write poetry. You want to be able to convey your ideas.”

She also paid attention to the instructors.

“What I try to find is not only an author, but also someone who can teach,” Gaydon said. “Not necessarily a professional teacher, but someone able to convey and instruct and help participants get words on paper.”

One will be familiar.

“Frank Bures was here last year,” Gaydon said. “He’s a published travel writer. He’ll teach you to take wherever you go and show how to make a story out of that.”

Three instructors are new.

“Frederick Blanch has books that are published,” Gaydon said. “He’s done a lot of things in his life (including working as a printer, actor, beekeeper, television producer and photographer). Very interesting to talk to. He’s taught, so I think his sessions will appeal to people.”

Athena Kildegaard is a poet and lecturer at the University of Minnesota. She will only teach a morning session. Participants will bring one or two drafts of poems and learn ways of revision.

Jay Gabler is the arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet and a founding editor at the Tangential. He will teach “Creative Writing for an online audience” in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Writing and publishing has changed drastically in the past few years, mainly due to the Internet, and authors need to keep up, Gaydon noted.

“I think it’s a good thing,” she said of the changes. “I think it gives more opportunity for readers and writers both.”