We keep this space open to introduce you to each other, from our professional network of storytellers around the country, to students, to neighbors and the wandering traveler who's come through our doors. The magic of the workshop process is a table of equals at every stage. We're glad you stopped here, where everybody is a student and teacher.
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Kathryn came to Archer City on a quest with Chad Serhal to see the hometown of Larry McMurtry. They wanted to learn as much as they could about it. We're glad to have her as a 2016 Young Writers Workshop instructor. She has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Connecticut and is finishing up an MFA at Indiana University in Ceramics. She studied sculpture, printmaking, painting and history in Florence, Italy. She is currently a ceramics instructor at Indiana University but has led students of all ages in various creative ventures including digital, film and acting. See her work here.
Chad Serhal would rather be on stage or directing than in the audience. He's constantly creating something, and his varied art pursuits have always been built by a solid work ethic - that seeing your vision to completion is more important than doing it perfectly. He wrote a few screenplays in his early twenties, then slowly they evolved into comic scripts as he started to draw them. Outline, script, pencil, ink, repeat. He's completed 10 graphic novels that way. Today, he's growing more consumed with video arts and will finish an arts program at Indiana University this spring. As quite the all-around artist, we're glad he will be leading sessions as a 2016 Young Writers Workshop instructor in June. Watch his videos here.
Paxton Maroney just showed up in town one day to shoot photos for an art exhibit. We got to talking, and the next thing you know she was shooting for us what we later realized would be our website photos. We instantly hit it off as I soon learned she too was a hard-headed, self-starter. Relatively new to fine art photography, she has developed a talent painting with photographs and enjoys depicting the surreal in her work. She installed a mural collage of photographs she took of Archer City through the viewfinder of an Anscoflex camera. The installation was part of the Fractal Logic 3 exhibit which runs through the end of April 2016 at Kettle Art Gallery in Dallas. See her gallery here.
On his return from the 2016 SxSW film festival, Minneapolis-based filmmaker, Eric Tretbar, made a pilgrimage to Archer City, the location of his favorite film, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Tretbar was always struck by the combination of accuracy and poetry in McMurtry's characters who reminded him of his own Kansas farm family. In this tradition, Tretbar is developing a new feature film that tells the next generation's story of survival during wheat harvest in 1970s Kansas. Tretbar's previous feature films have screened on NBC, The Sundance Channel, German TV, and won a Berlin Film Festival (Forum) Audience Award, an Independent Spirit Award Nomination, and a Best Documentary Teddy Award. See some of his work here. photo credit: Erich Buenger.
Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of more than ninety books for both the adult and juvenile audience, including biographies, current events and history, as-told-to third person narratives, and oral histories. He has written dozens of (mostly successful!) book proposals for himself and consulted on many others. His books include “The Selling of the Babe,” “Nine Months at Ground Zero” and “Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Changed the World,” currently under development at Paramount Pictures. Glenn teaches at the narrative writing workshop at the Archer City Story Center and has given workshops on book proposals and other aspects of writing for the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, the Brattleboro Literary Festival, Midwest Literary Festival, the Get Lit Literary Festival and others. In his 30-year career as a professional writer and author, Glenn has also worked as a narrative non-fiction editor, and has consulted privately with dozens of authors on longform narrative journalism, book proposals and book manuscripts. For more see www.glennstout.net.
Kim Cross is the New York Times best-selling author of What Stands in a Storm, winner of the inaugural Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize for Excellence in Writing and the 2016 American Society of Journalists and Authors Book Award. A contributing editor for Southern Living, Kim is a full-time freelancer whose work has appeared in Outside, Garden & Gun, the Tampa Bay Times, and on CNN.com and ESPN.com. She teaches at the University of Alabama and The Porch, a writers' collective in Nashville. She is the organizer of the July Literary Nonfiction Workshop. Read more about her work at kimhcross.com
Sarah Junek runs the Archer City Story Center and its Young Writers Workshop, a program in June for high school students that offers them the tools to grow as storytellers. She grew up on a ranch west of Houston, earned a history degree from Texas A&M University then left Texas for Uzbekistan. Her background in education, international relief and journalism led her to Archer City in 2007 as a workshop attendee and in 2015 she moved there. She makes art happen in daily tasks keeping the theater, story center and Spur Hotel open for business. Keep up with her on Instagram at the Archer City Story Center and Spur Hotel.
Emily Junek is the all-around make stuff happen artist. She does a lot for the Royal Theater as its facilities manager and producer of three theatrical shows each year. She's a producer in training learning from the ground up how to run a theatre season to its full potential. After finishing a stage management program at the University of North Texas in 2014, she wasn't quite sure where her artistic skills would lead her. She's willing to attempt anything. From Archer City, she loves getting to learn from all the artists that swing through town. She will lead sessions at the 2016 Young Writers Workshop. Follow her life on Instagram.
Matt Tullis is an assistant professor of digital journalism at Fairfield University. He is the host and producer of Gangrey: The Podcast, which focuses on narrative journalism and the reporters who write it. Tullis was a newspaper reporter for 10 years before becoming a professor, including at the Columbus Dispatch. He has written for SB Nation Longform, Sports on Earth, Yahoo!’s The Post Game, Nieman Storyboard, and many others. Running With Ghosts, his memoir of surviving childhood cancer, will be published this summer.
Brett Popplewell’s reporting has taken him from the rubble of an earthquake in Haiti, to the site of a plane crash in Russia, a chess tournament in Iceland and to Everest’s southern base camp in Nepal. He has written for Canada’s top newspapers and magazines, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Sportsnet, Maclean’s and The Walrus. His work has also appeared in The Best American Sports Writing and has been produced for broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada. He is the co-author of The Escapist: Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains. (HarperCollins, Fall 2016). He teaches journalism at Carleton and Ryerson University and is a Bureau Chief with the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs. For more see brettpopplewell.ca