Adult Programming

Humanities Montana patterson_lrg November 8, 2-4:30pm The Libby Public Library Writer’s Workshop Kick Start Your Story by Caroline Patterson, author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart

“Some are doomed to small lives and small stories. Others drive on in wide fictions.”–Richard Hugo

The goal of this 2 1/2 hour course is to create a warm, supportive workshop where writers with a range of abilities can take on a triggering exercise, write it in the course of the workshop, and use it to trigger their “wide fictions.” In the course of workshop, we will discuss writing a novel, structure, voice, point of view, and language, but the emphasis will be helping you develop and hone your voice.

Caroline Patterson has published fiction in Seventeen, Epoch, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review and Salamander; non-fiction in Epoch, Newsday, Sunset, Seventeen and Southwest Review, Via. She is the editor of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart and two children’s book on natural history. She was the recipient of Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University, a Henfield Fiction Prize, an Alison Deming Money for Women, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Award, and the Montana Arts Council fellowship. She currently teaches fiction at the University of Montana and is the interim executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. If you have any questions for Ms. Patterson before the class, feel free to email her at

The event is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided. 


For every Saturday after the workshop (November 15, 22, and 29th), feel free to come to the Libby library from 10-12 to work on your novel-in-progress.  Writing fuel (a.k.a coffee and donuts) will be provided, as well as laptops or pencils and paper, as needed.


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Friday, November 14  •  6-9 pm  •  Asa Wood Gym, Libby  •  FREE

Saturday, November 15 • 7-10 pm • Creative Arts Center, Eureka • FREE

Old Fashioned Barn Dance with Mark Matthews

Hometown Humanities welcomes Mark Matthews—writer, historian, dance caller/instructor, officer with the Missoula Folklore Society, and writing instructor at The University of Montana College of Technology—to call an old fashioned barn dance. Matthews will also offer a short community conversation about the history of social dance in America.