LONG PRAIRIE -- A Todd County group will kick off its first-ever Writers' Roundtable on Saturday, with three area published writers and several visiting magazine and newspaper editors.
Sponsored by Todd County Together Lifelong Learning -- the offspring of the Blandin Foundation community planning process -- the daylong workshop will convene at 9 a.m. in the county courthouse in Long Prairie.
The event was developed by Dave Hietala, a St. Cloud State University adjunct instructor who is serving an internship with the lifelong learning organization, with assistance from Community Education in the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Staples-Motley school districts.
If you go
Who: Todd County Together Lifelong Learning
What: Writers' Roundtable
Where: Todd County Courthouse, Long Prairie
When: All day Saturday
Cost: $25; register at (320) 732-2194 or (218) 894-2497
The lifelong learning group was founded a few years ago when the Blandin Foundation of Grand Rapids underwrote a long-term plan for the central Minnesota community.
The plan identified lifelong learning, youth community involvement and economic development as the town's principal goals, said Ellen Peters, the group's project director.
The Writers' Roundtable was developed with the lifelong learning goal in mind, she said, adding, "There are many up and coming writers living in the Long Prairie area.
"We want to help them enhance their writing skills and build their confidence in submitting their writings for publication," she said.
The workshop, however, is open to any aspiring writer, regardless of age or residency, Peters said.
Deadline for registration is today, by calling Community Education at (320) 732-2194 or (218) 894-2497. The cost is $25.
The workshop sessions will be led by writers Tim King and Nancy Leasman, both of Long Prairie, and Duane Lund of Staples. They will dwell on "writing in place," the theme for the workshop.
King has written an area history based on interviews with family farmers, while Lund has published numerous volumes on area history, cooking in the outdoors and other nonfiction topics, Peters said.
Leasman has published an illustrated children's book, she said.
A panel of editors will conclude the workshop "by addressing what's involved in getting compositions out there," Peters said in a recent news release.
The Blandin Foundation has provided a $25,000 grant to underwrite the cost of the workshop and several other lifelong learning programs, Peters said.
"We want to excite people about tapping into their skills and talents and by helping them to blossom and grow as an individual," she added.
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