NSU presents 2018 ‘A Writer Reads’ events

Williams Library

ABERDEEN, S.D. – This spring at Northern State University, “A Writer Reads” will feature readings by three visiting writers, as well as a capstone reading by students taking fiction writing.

Visiting writers will speak to English majors in the classroom and also give public readings of their work. Each reading will take place in the Williams Library Round Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, Feb. 27: Steven Wingate, a professor of English at South Dakota State University, will present on digital storytelling. Wingate, a writer of both digital and conventional fiction, will lead students in creating a digital story, using NSU’s campus as a setting. Wingate’s books will be available for sale at his reading, and he will be happy to sign them.

Tuesday, March 13: Brenda Donelan, former NSU professor of criminology and author of a cozy mystery series featuring a criminology professor, will present on writing the cozy mystery series. Donelan’s books will be available for sale at her reading, and she will be happy to sign them. Donelan will also visit with students that Thursday about self-publishing and promoting one’s works.

Tuesday, April 10: Elissa Dickey, a writer for the NSU Communications and Marketing Department and an author, will present on writing novels with strong female protagonists and on securing a literary agent. Dickey is an author of upmarket suspense represented by Sharon Pelletier of Dystel, Goderich and Bourret in New York City. Her debut novel, “Without June,” is currently on submission with publishers.

Thursday, April 26: At the capstone event, students taking fiction writing will give a reading of their work.

“A Writer Reads” events are sponsored by funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council. For more information, contact NSU English Professor Dr. Pen Pearson at Pen.Pearson@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $45 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions