Instructor: Linnea Guerin comes from Madison, Wisconsin, where she enjoyed exploring the city and spending hours upon hours at the city’s art museums. She has a forthcoming story in Midwestern Gothic, and she is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she teaches English Composition."

Presented in partnership with Good Thunder Reading Series.

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Locally Sourced: Find Inspiration in Your Own Backyard

All sessions take place at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild, from Noon – 1PM. The last session, Open Mic, will take place at 7PM.

Writers from all genres and backgrounds are invited to attend Locally Sourced, a writing workshop focused on defeating writer’s block and finding inspiration in the downtown Mankato area.

Each meeting will include a craft talk, a discussion of published work that relates to the day’s topic, and a writing exercise. After each meeting, you can email your story or poem to the instructor, an MFA candidate at Minnesota State, Mankato and fiction writer, who will respond with written feedback. The final meeting will consist of a public reading—a celebration of our summer writing and opportunity to share our poems with peers, friends, and family.  

This workshop series is free and open to the public. While you’ll get the most out of attending all 5 sessions, walk-ins are welcome every week. 

June 16: Finding Inspiration in Nature
We don’t have to venture out into the great outdoors to find inspiration in nature—we can find inspiration right in our own backyards. We will view Shelley Caldwell’s exhibit at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild Gallery, then venture outside to find some natural inspiration of our own.

June 23: Finding Inspiration in Visual Art Visual art is a great source of inspiration for writers, and Mankato has so much of it to offer! This week, we will discuss poetry and stories that were inspired by visual art before going on a brief walking (and writing!) tour of some of the nearby statues and murals.

June 30: Finding Inspiration in Black and White Print
We will discuss several methods of using local news stories as a source of inspiration for our writing and we’ll read work from writers who have found success using the same or similar techniques.

July 7: Finding Inspiration through Mixed Mediums
Sometimes the best cure for writer’s block is simply trying something new. We will read works from writers who dabble in a variety of art forms and discuss the power of mixed mediums before trying it out firsthand.

July 14: Open Mic – 7:00PM
Everyone will get the chance to share something you created over the past four weeks— or anything at all— at the open mic night!