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C.M. Wendelboe, a.k.a. "Curt," kicked off his debut book tour leading a seminar for students of Little Wound School in Kyle, South Dakota. The school is located on Pine Ridge Reservation, the setting for Death Along the Spirit Road.
Heather and I traveled to the community of Kyle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I wanted to present a writing clinic for the students of Little Wound School before the contest deadline. We had a great turnout.
With about fifty students attending, we had to hold the clinic in the gymnasium as there was not a classroom large enough. I fielded numerous questions about the craft of writing, marketing, and my background that allowed me to become published. Most of the students already wrote either fiction or non-fiction in the form of memoirs and essays. The students impressed me with their interest in the craft of writing.
When we first proposed the writing contest, we met with Little Wound School teachers Nicky Ouellet and Kate Stasik. They told me this contest would be a first, and they anticipated considerable interest. They knew many educators and former educators they felt would be happy to be judges, which let me off the hook.
As this is a new endeavor, we initially decided to limit the entrants to Little Wound students. Given the number of students interested, we opened the contest to other schools. This would mean a whole lot of extra work for the teachers, particularly for Nicky, whom I wish to thank for her efforts.