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The Native Writers Workshops are open to the general public. The workshops will help all level of writers uncover their voice and inspire them to put their words to paper for potential publication in a forthcoming installment of the Wisconsin’s Indian Nation’s Literary Journal, Yukhika-latuhse. Stories are meant to be shared. They teach, they inspire, they remember, and they are a gift we all can benefit from. Wisconsin’s Indian Nations need writers to preserve written accounts of their communities, their art, and their thoughts on current issues affecting us all.

The first workshop,"Finding Your Voice," will focus upon writers realizing what stories they need to tell, and also what format they should use to tell them. We will focus on exercises that help writers stimulate their creativity and then harness it to reach their audience. We will discuss how a writer finds their voice, knows their audience, and utilizes insightful critiques. The workshop will offer writers a chance to explore writing in various genres including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Writers should be ready to share their work with their fellow participants, and we will discuss the works the workshop motivated in us all.

The second workshop,"Refining Your Words," will begin by revisiting the ideas of the first workshop to help reinforce what we discussed. We will then move to new writing activities that help writers focus their gaze on a specific component of their work in order to captivate their audience. We will then discuss both how to refine our work for publication and also the necessity of continuing to write and revise in order to hone our voices.

Writers will share their work with their fellow participants, and we will discuss what stories are ready to be published. Writers may submit their work to ONAP for publication on the online literary journal.

To receive the greatest benefit, both workshops should be taken. The worshops can be scheduled on two consecutive days , or on two weekends. The workshops usually begin at 9:00am and end at 3:00pm including a lunch break.

The instructor, Ryan Winn teaches English, Theatre, and Communications at College of Menominee Nation, where he also serves as the Humanities Department Chair. In addition to serving as the acting editor of Yukhika-latuhse, Ryan writes a monthly opinion column for the Tribal College Journal and his work has been featured both in Indian Country Today and Winds of Change.

A lite lunch will be provided at both workshops. The fee for the workshop is negotiable.

Info: Ryan Winn, rwinn@menominee.edu