Saturday, September 27, 2014


Writing Weekend Prompt: Write Along with the Fall Retreat!

Prompt: Sit wherever you'd like. Pick an item you can see and tell the story of that item including as much physical detail as possible. Use the photo below of morning at Rainbow Resort if you want to imagine you're at the Retreat. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014


AuThursday: Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel and the July 2014 pick of the RRVWP Book Club, Grand Forks branch. Kline has written four other novels, and has co-authored or edited five non-fiction books. She is also a Goodreads author.

Kline appeared in Fargo on August 13, 2014, at The Stage in Island Park to kick off the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo libraries' "One Book, One Community" event. She took the stage with her mother-in-law, Carol Kline, at whose house one Christmas the author stumbled on information about the orphan trains, the which inspired her to research and write about them.

During her presentation, Kline showed photos related to the orphan trains and shared her historical research with the audience. When asked why she didn't write a non-fiction book about the trains, Kline replied that she wanted to tell how it felt to be a child on an orphan train, and to do that, she needed to write a fictitious narrative. She was also asked about the inclusion of Molly, a present-day youth. Kline stated that she wanted to tell a larger story about dispossessed children in America, and the character of Molly helped her do that.

For more information about Kline, see her website or her Goodreads author profile. More information about the "One Book, One Community" event can be found online.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Writing Weekend Prompt

Language Play: Playing with Sound

Write a poem, musing, or anecdote about fall in which you use as many words with "f" and "l" sounds as you can. (You may first want to brainstorm a list of "f" and "l" sound words.)

Happy writing!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


AuThursday: Young Authors

Writing Workshop for Circle of Nations Students sponsored by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Red River Valley Writing Project

On September 12, 2014, 65 7th and 8th grade students at Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota participated in a day-long writing workshop sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Red River Valley Writing Project. The workshop was funded in honor of 1948 winner Kay Walkingstick, a Native American artist. The goal of the workshop was to encourage students in grades 712 to share their voice and to invite students to engage with their creative peers.  This workshop was part of a national initiative called Start.Write.Now to inspire teens across the country to engage in creative activities throughout the summer.
Start.Write.Now writing workshops and open mic readings help students explore and develop their craft through professional mentorship, and provide opportunities for students to perform their work in a fun, inclusive and supportive environment.  Circle of Nations students had the opportunity to flex their imaginations through interactive group work and instruction led by local facilitators: NDSU Professor/Ojibwe poet Denise Lajimodiere, NDSU doctoral student/Ojibwe teacher Caitlin Johnson,  Circle of Nations staff member /Award-winning Native American writer Lise Erdrich, Circle of Nations Principal Brad Zachow, and Circle of Nations teachers Lori Hieserich and Laura Youngbird.  The facilitators led workshops in poetry, short story writing, flash fiction, photography, comic book writing, and artful writing respectively. The workshop was organized by the Red River Valley Writing Project Director and NDSU Associate Professor Kelly Sassi, who stated, “promoting writing among Native American students and all North Dakota students is part of our writing project mission.”
Participants were encouraged to prepare submissions for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the longest-running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens in the United States.
Red River Valley Writing Project teachers who participated in this event were Lori Hieserich, Jenna Trosvik, and Joyce Holkup, all Circle of Nations teachers, and Caitlin Johnson, NDSU doctoral student.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Writing Weekend Prompt

This time of year is a time of transitions: teachers returning to work, students and their families adapting to new school routines, changes in the weather, moving outdoor plants inside, closing up lake homes, communities readjusting to college students leaving or arriving.

Write about a particular transition in your life (it doesn't have to be a seasonal one) or about transitions/changes in general.

Friday, September 12, 2014

NWP and The Best Teen Writing come together

To learn more, click the above hyperlinked text.