Writing Marathon-Winter 2008

Seventeen Winter Marathon Writers Bask in Rare January Warmth,
Find Inspiration in Downtown Lincoln Art Scene

Story by Susan Martens-Baker


     A record number of Nebraska Writing Project folk gathered at Misty’s restaurant in downtown Lincoln on an unseasonably warm January 26th.  Over lunch, seventeen people introduced themselves as fellow writers and shared marathon destination preferences, then formed writing groups and moved out into the downtown Lincoln art scene.  Popular writing settings included the Lentz Center for Asian Culture, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, the Great Plains Art Museum, Kopeli Coffee House, and The Mill.  Many writers were particularly inspired by the exhibits “Last Year on the Farm,” at The Great Plains Art Museum and by the “Art Farm @ Sheldon.”  At 4:00 p.m. the groups reunited at Yia Yia’s Pizza to share in good cheer, a massive read-around, and insights about writing marathons.   Many people recommended more time for writing, voiced enthusiasm for the upcoming Omaha Old Market and Platte River marathons, and suggested we try a rural or small town setting for one of the next marathons. 

     If you missed this event, don’t despair!  Two additional writing marathons are already planned: The Spring Writing Marathon will be held April 12th in Omaha’s Old Market, and the Fall Writing Marathon will be held on September 20th in conjunction with the Platte River Writing Retreat September 19th-21st.  Watch for flyers in NeWP mailings and e-newsletters. Poets at Yia Yia's Pizza

     Many thanks to the participants, pictured left to right: Chris Lund, Patty Clements, Lisa Fricke, Robert Brooke, Jen Stastny, Daniel Boster, Jane Connealy, Kate Brooke, Sally Burt, Jason McIntosh, Jeff Grinvalds, Tobi Scaggs, Joyce Morrell, and Dee Thompson. Not pictured: Sharon Bishop and Susan Martens-Baker, Rhonda Schoenmaker.