Events You Won't Want to Miss

We have exciting things planned for Thursday, so come early!!

Take a tour of the history of prostitution in Deadwood at the The Brothel Museum.

Walk through one of Deadwood’s houses of prostitution, an industry that operated illegally in the city from 1876 until 1980, when a raid by federal agents finally closed them for good.

Visitors will be transported through this 104-year story with a guided tour of the rooms at 610 Main Street, the original site of the Shasta Rooms brothel. The rooms are curated with a variety of period appropriate furnishings.

Limited to 12 people each tour and no one under the age of 16.

Times: 11:00, if that sells out we may be able to add another one.  

Location: 610 Main Street
Deadwood, SD 57732


Location: 610 Main Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

Thursday Learning Day
Where: Mineral Palace Hotel and Gaming, conference room 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Format: Learning sessions for authors and readers.

Matt Haynes

Matt Haynes is an internationally acclaimed audiobook narrator with over 50 titles to his credit. He has narrated books in a wide variety of genres including

  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Memoirs
  • Self Help
  • Business
  • Horror
  • Biographies
  • Comedy

He lives in Portland Oregon and specializes in educating authors and rights holders in the audiobook production process.


Would you like your work made into an audiobook? Have you already done so but want a better experience and product? In this vital, super-fun session, we’ll cover

  • the overlooked opportunities that open up when you “go audio”.
  • how to start the process.
  • the three secrets to picking a great narrator.
  • he best collaboration methods to getting your project done right.

PLUS: “Behind the Curtain”… anything you’ve wanted to know about a narrator’s work and process!

Molly Rebecca Barari

Molly Barari is a professional writer living in Rapid City, SD, who has been published in several regional publications, including Black Hills Faces, Black Hills Woman, Black Hills Lifestyle, Black Hills Boomer, Siouxland Woman, Motor Market, Unveiled, and the Rapid City Journal. She has been teaching creative life story writing workshops at various venues since 2016, including the Aging Gracefully Expo and the South Dakota Festival of Books. Molly is also a South Dakota Humanities Scholar and leads community discussions on the One Book South Dakota. When she’s not writing or teaching, she loves exploring the Black Hills and watching classic horror films.


Oral storytelling is common in every culture, but recording our cherished life memories onto paper is essential for preserving these stories. Writing your life stories is not only therapeutic, but it is an heirloom for your family and friends. This creative writing workshop is meant to inspire nonfiction and fiction writers alike. It will provide the opportunity for participants to pen their life memories through sensory detail and emotional exploration. For fiction writers, we’ll also take time to explore how real life memories and events can influence your stories. Please come to the workshop ready to do some writing. Bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and an open mind.

Suzan Tisdale

USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. Suzan writes Scottish historical romance/fiction, with honorable and perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, feisty heroines. And bad guys she kills off in delightfully wicked ways.

Class: “HOW TO WRITE GOODER” –  Improving your craft and character development.

Thank you to our Learning Day Sponsors!! 

Thursday Meet-and-Greet

Where: Jakes, The Midnight Star, 677 Main Street
Format: Cash bar with light appetizers

Cost: this is free to attend. Please register for a ticket so that we can plan for how many will attend.  
6:30 – 7 PM, Authors Only – meet each other and pick up your neck wallets, tickets, schedules, etc. Receive last-minute instructions/changes, and open question forum with the Hosts
7 – 9 PM, Readers, Cover Models, Author Assistants, Vendors, and Sponsors will join the authors

Be sure to try their signature drink, The Midnight Star.

Thank you to our Meet and Greet Sponsors!!

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