Calling My Fellow Writers

For as long as I have been writing, I have loved meeting other writers. There’s something special about interacting with those creative minds, and having a verbal outlet for a profession that is very much solitary.

On my many stops throughout Nebraska and Iowa since my first book was published last spring, it has been a joy meeting other writers: those who write professionally and those who write simply for pleasure. We share a bond, really.

We are journalists and storytellers, creative writers and those who just love to blog.

So when the opportunity to host a writing workshop in partnership with the Omaha Creative Institute presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Workshop details and registration information is below in our press release and at the institute’s website.

Sharpen your pencils or grab your iPad, and make plans to join us for two days in downtown Omaha. I guarantee you’ll walk away feeling creatively energized and ready to write.

Two-Day Writing Workshop Series is Oct. 22-23
at Omaha Creative Institute

Writers, bloggers, those who journal and anyone looking for a little creative inspiration are invited to attend a two-day writing workshop series this October, hosted by the Omaha Creative Institute.

Local writer Wendy Townley will moderate the three sessions, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, at the offices of Alley Poyner Macchietto, 1516 Cuming St. Located in the TipTop Building, the offices are also home to the Omaha Creative Institute.

Townley’s first book, Nerdy Thirty, was published in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Townley has also been blogging since 2003 at

The self-publishing workshop on Saturday afternoon will also be presented by Michael Campbell. Campbell is an Omaha writer and musician whose first book, Are You Going to Eat That?, was published in 2009. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Campbell is also a regular humor columnist for Omaha’s Food & Spirits Magazine.

The two-day workshop schedule is below; however, workshop attendees are encouraged – but not required – to bring their manuscript ideas or works-in-progress to discuss with the group.

Saturday, Oct. 22
• 10 a.m. to noon – An overview of blogging and of the writing process: where to find ideas, where to write and how to stay motivated.

• 1 to 3 p.m. – Securing a publisher or self-publishing your work, locally, regionally and nationally.

Sunday, Oct. 23
• 1 to 3 p.m. – Promoting your work once it’s published, using both traditional media relations and event planning, and social media marketing.

Tickets are available for $35 per workshop, or $90 for all three.

For students, tickets are $20 per workshop, or $50 for all three.

The Omaha Creative Institute is a cultural hub, providing leadership, unity and educational opportunities for Omaha’s creative community.

To reserve space in the workshops, visit For more information, call the Omaha Creative Institute at (402) 981-7047.

These three workshops are presented, in part, through support from Nebraska Humanities Council and Nebraska Arts Council.

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