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Waldman to Lead Writers Workshop Saturday at Historic Site

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April 15, 2013
GALESBURG—Alaskan Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman will lead a writers workshop at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Barn, 313 E. Third St., during the Sandburg Days festival for the mind.

The workshop, “Four Writing Prompts: The Beginning of Four New Stories or Poems,” will help participants start with the writing of four new pieces and develop strategies for beginning many more. The session is open to writers of all levels and experience. The cost of the workshop is $20, but it is FREE for high school and college students. Pre-registration is preferred. Email or call 309.341.5328 to register.

Waldman is a former college professor with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. He has six full-length poetry collections and a memoir, and more than 400 of his stories and poems have appeared in journals such as “Quarterly West,” “Beloit Poetry Entry” and “South Dakota Review.” For more information about Waldman, visit his website,

The workshop is part of the 18th annual Sandburg Days festival for the mind, which takes place April 17-20 in Galesburg. The Sandburg Days festival for the mind honors Galesburg-born, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Abraham Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg and his family by celebrating with the community through educational and recreational activities. A complete list of events for the Sandburg Days festival for the mind can be found at