Western Folklife Center Writing Workshop

Attend a writing workshop at the Nevada Center.

Press Release

Attend a writing workshop at the Western Folklife Center. PHOTO: Steve Green

The Western Folklife Center and Great Basin College present Alaska's Fiddlin' Poet Ken Waldman in both a writing workshop and a concert of music, poetry and stories, Saturday, June 24, at the Western Folklife Center.
 
Ken Waldman's music has been described as "Renegade Americana" by the Denver Post. He is an accomplished fiddler with nine CDs of old-time Appalachian-style string-band music. He is also a writer with seven full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist, and a volume of poems for kids. A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, Waldman has been a visiting writer at nearly 100 colleges and universities, a visiting artist at over 230 schools in 33 states, and he has led workshops from Alaska to Maine.
 
The Boston Herald said of his performances: "Waldman combines a vital, raw-edged Appalachian-styled fiddle with unpretentious poem-stories of everyday Alaska life." And a creative writing instructor said he "truly inspired some of the self-proclaimed 'non-writers' to see value in crafting poetry."
 
For more information, visit www.kenwaldman.com.
 
Writing Workshop, 1:00-3:00 pm

This workshop is free and open to all and is designed for writers of any age, experience and ability. Participants in the workshop will get four writing prompts and begin four new stories or poems. Says Waldman, "The more you write, the luckier you get, and each time you start a piece, there's an opportunity to get luckier than ever. The trick is getting started." Workshop attendees receive a discount to Waldman's concert that night! Call 775-738-7508 to RSVP or for more information.
   
Concert Performance, 7:00-9:00 pm

Waldman takes the stage to entertain you with his repertoire of string-band music, Appalachian fiddling, Alaskan storytelling, and original poetry in this creative concert. Expect a special guest or two. The Pioneer Saloon opens at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for Western Folklife Center members, students, seniors and writing workshop participants; $5 for kids 12 and under; and $15 for the general public. Tickets are available in advance at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop and at the door.
 
Both events will take place at the Western Folklife Center 501 Railroad Street, Elko, NV. Make a day of it -- come for the workshop and stay for the concert! The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop and exhibit gallery will be open that afternoon, and dinner choices abound within walking distance downtown. These events are brought to you through a partnership between the Western Folklife Center and Great Basin College, with support from WESTAF, the Nevada Arts Council, a state and local agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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