Cultural Center Arts Retreat Visiting Artist

kschaefercoppedpsKatherine Schaefer

creative non-fiction writer

Saturday, October 3rd-Sunday, October 18th

Katherine Schaefer is a Minneapolis-based writer whose work has appeared in The Talking Stick and Minnetonka Review. Her essay “Edna, With Her Mouth” won the 2016 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, and she has also received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Key West Literary Seminar, and Brainerd Writers’ Alliance. Before coming to New York Mills, Katherine attended residencies at Ragdale, Lanesboro Arts Center, and Norcroft, and served as the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. She is currently working on an essay collection about growing up on a small dairy farm in south-central Minnesota.


While in New York Mills as a visiting retreat artist, Katherine will facilitate a writing workshop:

Writing Your Story

Wednesday, October 12th


This workshop is for people interested in writing about their childhood memories, personal experiences, or family histories. We will read and discuss short examples from memoirs and personal essays, do some fun and thoughtful writing exercises to get you started, and look at ways to take your stories further and share them with others. Open to anyone with a story you want to get down on paper, from absolute beginners to more experienced writers.

This workshop is free and open to all. It is held in the Senior Center at 12 N Walker Ave, New York Mills, MN 56567.


mnstateartsboardlogoKatherine Schaefer is a fiscal year 2106 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.