PAUL HIGBEE

Paul HigbeePaul Higbee believes the line between fiction and nonfiction is thin.  Rather than jumping to conclusions about what they're creating, writers in Paul's workshops hunt for stories by reliving past experiences, jumping into new experiences, and engaging in conversations with people in their communities. Once the right story is found (often inside a bigger one that's not so intriguing), each writer determines whether his or her tale is fiction or nonfiction. Next, the writer decides if the story is best told through narrative, stage or TV scripting, or in some entirely different way. 

Paul is best known as a feature writer and columnist for South Dakota Magazine. He has also written scripts for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and is the author of five nonfiction books and one fiction book. He was named South Dakota Author of the Year by the state's Council of Teachers of English in 2000. Since 1982, Paul has been an instructor for teachers and high school students at Prairie Winds writing conferences held across South Dakota. He always opens workshops with written exercises that help participants uncover their writing instincts. Paul closes workshops by challenging writers to sacrifice whatever is necessary to complete a once-in-a-lifetime writing project within five years.

Grade levels 5 - 12 and adults
Paul Higbee
104 Cottonwood Drive
Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone 605-641-5371
Email: pjhigbee@rushmore.com

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