1. Northern Lights Teacher Workshop, History Center

    November 2, 2017

    Northern Lights Academy, Teacher Workshops
    Minnesota History Center

    Monday, November 6th

    I’ll be speaking on
    Techniques and Sources for
    Writing Historical Fiction

    To sign up contact the MN History Center

    Join us for our annual Northern Lights Academy! This conference-style workshop features sessions from content experts and Northern Lights teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of sessions related to the Northern Lights curriculum and network with 100+ Northern Lights educators from around the state. Print and Interactive eBook users will find this workshop equally beneficial.

    Sessions will focus on content and resources in the revised second edition of Northern Lights, published in summer 2013.

  2. North Dakota Reading Association Conference

    September 15, 2016

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    North Dakota Reading Association Fall Conf.

    I’m looking forward to visiting with my friends from North Dakota at their fall conference in Fargo. And I’m excited to me a part of a historical fiction panel with Margi Preus.

  3. Young Author’s Conferences

    May 24, 2016

    Though I enjoy visiting schools, and I appear at 50+ middle and elementary schools annually, I have to admit that working with students at Young Author’s Conferences is my favorite thing to do.  It’s a privilege to work with students who have declared an interest in writing and the arts.  In each and every session I can see the excitement in the young author’s thfaces and sense how eager they are to get started.  As a bonus, I often get personal feedback from the kids, who share what a great experience it is for them.

    I was recently at St. Ben’s  College for a YA conference sponsored by Resource Training & Solutions and managed by Sandy Cordie.   A student, who I’ll just call B to maintain his privacy, left a touching note on my desk:

    Dear Mr. Durbin

    Hi, My name is B. I’m from UK. I never really liked reading. When I read THE BROKEN BLADE I got inspired (instantly!). I never thought you would be my teacher!  You inspired me to start writing and drawing. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

    Now your student, B

  4. Still Time to Sign Up

    September 18, 2015

    Still time to sign up for the Grand Marais Art Colony North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

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  5. Grand Marais North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

    August 25, 2015

    gm2I’ve been invited to be a part of  the

    North Shore Readers and Writers Festival:

    A Minnesota Voice Lorna Landvik, Keynote Author

    Grand Marais, Minnesota November 5 – 8, 2015

    I’ll be teaching three writing workshops during the  Festival.  Here’s a link for registration if you’re interested.



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