Monthly Archives: September 2015

Make it a Writer’s Staycation – October 17-18

It’s autumn and these lovely rain days are pulling you inward to work on your writing.  It feels good after the busy-ness of summertime.  Perhaps it’s time to give yourself a mini Writer’s Retreat right here in Montana to get momentum going on your project.  Two enjoyable opportunities are coming up next month.  Make the commitment to care for your writing craft and plan on attending these two events:

Saturday, October 17; 2:00-4:00pm; Author Talk: Local author Troy Kechely will speak about his latest novel–a Montana dog story set during the Great Depression–at an author talk at Montana Murray Kennels in Belgrade, MT.  Great chance to get inspired by another writer’s creative process.  FREE event.  Read more.

Sunday, October 18; 1:00-4:00pm; Writers Workshop: I’ll be hosting my first workshop at my new Belgrade office. This one will focus on literary techniques that work well for both memoir and fiction writers.  Come check out the new space!  $68.00, advanced registration required.  Read more.

I hope to see you at one or both of these events.  Hope your writing project is coming along well!

Stories Worth Telling: Elements of Story-Craft

Bozeman/Belgrade, MT – Local ghostwriter and coauthor Anika Hanisch will provide tips on the book-writing process for both beginner and intermediate writers during a workshop on October 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at her new Belgrade location.  This Sunday afternoon session, “Stories Worth Telling: Elements of Story-Craft,” is open to both memoir and fiction writers.

“There are so many new writers who have a striking voice straight out of the blocks, but they run into trouble with assembling individual scenes into a coherent whole,” Hanisch said. “Whether it’s memoir or fiction, I see a lot of frustration with overall structure and pacing, how to use dialogue effectively, and when to use vivid sensory detail.”

The October workshop will define and demystify literary techniques that published authors use to create page-turning stories. It will show new writers how to take fragmented first draft material and weave it into a flowing, well-structured story. Students will have the opportunity to submit short excerpts of their work in advance to receive personalized instruction during the workshop.

This session costs $68.00 and meets at the writer’s residence at 707 Montana Street in Belgrade. Other sessions in November will meet at Bozeman locations. Registration form for all events available here, or call 406.581.9405 with questions.

Dog Behavior Expert and Novelist to Speak at Montana Murray Kennels

Troy Kechely, the author of the novel Stranger’s Dance will speak and read select passages from his book at Montana Murray Kennels (27 Dollar Drive, Belgrade) on Saturday, October 17, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Set in southwest Montana during the Great Depression, the book follows a small ranch family through the years-long struggle to hold onto their land and keep their family intact. Along the way, a tenacious stray dog befriends them. Despite the convention that strays were pests that ought to be shot, they took the dog in and named him Stranger.

Kechely will share about his writing process and the challenges of researching historical fiction. “The story happens in a time and place when dogs were not considered pets. Definitely not allowed in the house and certainly not riding in a car with you,” the Bozeman author said. “The story shows how dogs worked their way into people’s lives and hearts.”

Kechely, a nationally known dog behavior expert, is also the author of Management of Aggressive Canines for Law Enforcement, an instructional book that empowers police officers to avoid harm to both human and dog. Stranger’s Dance is Kechely’s first novel. The author will be available to sign copies at the Murray Kennels event. The book is also available at Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Browsing Bison Books in Deer Lodge, and online through Amazon. Further details at