2021 Normandale Writing Festival Session Descriptions

Matt Mauch, Kris Bigalk, and Tom Maltman

Mauch’s Bio: http://www.mauchmauch.com/

Bigalk’s Bio: http://krisbigalk.com

Maltman’s Bio: https://thomasmaltman.com/

10 – 10:50 am, Thursday, October 28, 2021

webinar link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/96676065532

Matt Mauch, author of We are the Flownover. We are from Flyover Land, Kris Bigalk, author of Enough, and Tom Maltman, author of The Land, read from their recently released books and hold a Q and A.

Saymoukda Vongsay and Rosie Peters

Vongsay’s Bio: https://www.refugenius.net/

Peters’ Bio: https://rosettapeters.com/

11 – 11:50 am, Thursday, October 28

webinar link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/96899096200

Write Like Us mentors Rosie Peters and Saymoukda Vongsay read from their work, and discuss balancing parenting, adulting, and real life with a writing practice.

Keynote: Michael Kleber-Diggs

Bio and more: https://michaelkleberdiggs.com/

12 – 12:50 pm Thursday, October 28

webinar link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/93136490203

On “Writer” as Identity

In his keynote address, Michael Kleber-Diggs explores he importance of disregarding external voices and considerations in your efforts to inhabit your identity as a writer.

Creativity Crash: Igniting a Novel in Fifty Minutes, with Dan Darling

Bio: https://www.dandarling.net/

1 – 1:50 pm, Thursday, October 28

https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/98385082156

Do you have a great idea for a novel? AFA faculty member Dan Darling, author of Archaeopteryx, leads this interactive session that will get you started!


Normandale Student Reading 1

2 – 2:50 pm, Thursday, October 28

 webinar link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97369162395

Students from Normandale’s AFA in Creative Writing program and the Normandale Creative Writing Club read from their work. Moderated by Christine Horner, President of the Creative Writing Club.

Lynette Reini-Grandell and Heidi Czerwiec

Reini-Grandell Bio: http://www.reini-grandell.com/ Czerwiec Bio: https://www.heidiczerwiec.com/

webinar link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/93117058049

Heidi Czerwiec, author of Fluid States, and Lynette Reini-Grandell, author of Wild Verge will read their recent poetry and prose.

Normandale Student Reading 2

4 – 4:50 pm, Thursday, October 28

 webinar link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97369162395

Students from Normandale’s AFA in Creative Writing program and the Normandale Creative Writing Club read from their work. Moderated by Christine Horner, President of the Creative Writing Club.