Big Stone Arts, of Ortonville, is proud to present their second Writer's Workshop. Dr. Dennis Slattery will be this year's presenter.

Big Stone Arts, of Ortonville, is proud to present their second Writer's Workshop. Dr. Dennis Slattery will be this year's presenter. Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is core faculty, Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He has been teaching for 43 years, including elementary special education classes, secondary school English, Psychology and Literature courses, all undergraduate levels as well as MA and Ph.D. levels of learning. He offers personal writing retreats in the United States, Canada and Europe. This year they are adding a free public Friday evening lecture titled: The Value of Classical Literature and Mythology for Personal Understanding and Growth on October 19th, 2012, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The weekend Writer's Workshop titled: Mythic Writing: Exploring Your Personal Story will be held Saturday, October 20th, 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday the 21st, 9 AM to 1 PM. Both events will be held at Ortonville High School, 200 Trojan Dr., Ortonville, Minnesota. Admission of $75 includes refreshments and Saturday lunch. Pre-registration is required. Go to to register. Continuing Education Units are available for teachers and educational administrators. Please check with your local school district if they will honor this workshop for continuing education units. This year's Writer's Workshop topic is on personal mythology within a larger cultural myth. Writing personal myth is an act of imagination and of remembering, not only our own story, but the story of our family, and perhaps the land that surrounds us. This retreat will use poetry, writing exercises, drawings, and quiet meditation to excavate some of the key elements in personal mythology that shape our identity. Examples of literature such as: Moby Dick, Dante's Divine Comedy, and Beloved will be discussed. Regional writers such as Robert Bly, Bill Holm, and the work of poet Athena Kildegaard will be explored. Dr. Slattery has published hundreds of articles on literature, culture, mythology, and film. He is also the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 19 books, his most recent include: Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story, and Day-to-Day Dante: Exploring Your Personal Myth Through The Divine Comedy with Jennifer Selig. He has also recently co-edited a volume on the value of studying the Humanities in The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing Humanities Learning and the Polyvalent Imagination. He has also published one novel and four volumes of poetry. For more information on Dr. Slattery and other titles, visit his website: This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and/or by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.