2022 Normandale Writing Festival Sessions

Thursday, October 6, 2022

10 – 10:50 am

Jennifer Miller

Embodied Writing: Ways to Write With Mind and Body

Garden Room, Kopp Student Center,

Normandale Community College

Writing essays in college can be very intimidating. So, how do we fix that? This talk will help writers get out of the doubts of their heads and into the confidence and experience of their bodies. Students, faculty, and anyone who engages with the written word are invited to come learn practices from the yoga tradition that can help them feel more empowered as writers. No yoga experience or special equipment/clothing required! 


11 – 11:50 am

Tom Maltman and Anna George Meek

Write Now! Interactive Prose and Poetry

Room K-0432 – Kopp Student Center,

Normandale Community College

Jumpstart your creativity with a morning session featuring interactive stations to inspire new stories and poems! Deepen your knowledge of poetic craft, map out unexplored territory with your fiction, and experience firsthand how prose and poetry speak to each other across genre divides. Each station will awaken new ideas about writing, teach techniques to strengthen your stories and poems, and embolden your imaginative explorations. Come Write Now! Come Write With Us! 

Noon – 12:50 pm

Keynote: Anika Fajardo

Garden Room, Kopp Student Center

Normandale Community College

Can’t attend in person? Here’s the Livestream Link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/92226958164

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She is the author of a book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), which was awarded Best Book (Nonfiction) of 2020 from City Pages and was a finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award. Her debut middle-grade novel What If a Fish (Simon & Schuster, 2020) was awarded the 2021 Minnesota Book Award. Her latest book for young readers is Meet Me Halfway (Simon & Schuster, 2022). https://anikafajardo.com/about 

1 – 1:50 pm

What Can I Do with a Creative Writing Degree?

AFA Alumni Panel: Kayla Little, Paul Patane, and Haley Sargent

Room K-0432 – Kopp Student Center,

Normandale Community College

Normandale’s AFA in Creative Writing was founded in 2008, and boast hundreds of alumni who have gone on to complete many different types of Bachelors and Masters degrees, and enter a dizzying array of careers and jobs. Come and engage with some of our alumni, who will give an overview of their educational and career paths, and will answer questions from the audience. 

1 – 1:50 pm

Writing Center Tutors:

Tips for Writing Better Papers with Less Stress  

Garden Room, Kopp Student Center

Normandale Community College

Stressed out? Join the Writing Center team for a session on approaching writing assignments with less stress. Amy, the Writing Center coordinator, will lead an interactive session on approaches to reducing writing-related stress. Writing Center peer tutors will share their personal approaches to stressing less in their own writing practices and help answer your questions about your own writing-related stress.  

2 – 2:50 pm

Write Now! Interactive Prose and Poetry

Matt Mauch, Sonia Greenfield, and Heidi Czerwiec

Room K-0432 – Kopp Student Center,

Normandale Community College

Discover the joy of short-form creative writing, get out of your comfort zone, and experiment with creative writing genres taught here at Normandale’s AFA Program! Participants are invited to rotate between 3 mini-sessions on writing short flash and hybrid forms, responding to prompts and generating their own flash fiction, hermit crab essays, and prose poems. Mini-sessions are facilitated by Normandale’s own Matt Mauch, Sonia Greenfield, and Heidi Czerwiec. 

2 – 2:50 pm

Michael Kleber-Diggs

The Writing Life

Garden Room, Kopp Student Center

Normandale Community College

Write Like Us Mentor Michael Kleber-Diggs (KLEE-burr digs) (he / him / his) is a poet, essayist, literary critic, and arts educator. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions 2021), won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the 2022 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry, the 2022 Balcones Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the 2022 Minnesota Book Award. His poems and essays appear in numerous journals and anthologies. Michael is married to Karen Kleber-Diggs, a tropical horticulturist and orchid specialist. Karen and Michael have a daughter who is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance at SUNY Purchase.