The Next Creative Endeavor

For over twenty-years, I’ve been richly blessed as a film and theater instructor, a working actor and director . . . and while partnering with faculty to create effective–even “perfect”–instructional videos at an impressive little Minnesota college. Along the way, I’ve also continued to find creative projects, like co-writing a musical, producing a successful educational video, and even designing and selling thousands of personal teleprompters. Most recently, my teenage daughter and I co-wrote a YA novel entitled Suddenly Rural Girl. (Thank you to those who served as editors, sensitivity, and beta readers! Like most successful creative endeavors, we don’t undertake them alone! You are appreciated!) is

The next step of an author’s journey toward publishing a debut novel is finding the right Literary Agent . . . not necessarily an easy task. I expect it to be fun, frustrating, and fruitful. As with the writing itself, we’ll approach it prayerfully and with passion and diligence. Formal publication can still be a ways out, so your prayers continue to be appreciated! (And if you work in the literary or publishing realm–or are connected with those who are–I’d love to grab a coffee or cocktail and connect!)

For updates on Suddenly Rural Girl (and the “Author” that now appears in my byline), visit We’ll continue to post updates and share news via the Blog!

God Bless (He does)!


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Dann is an educator, Media & Design Guru, Author, and Public Speaker. He currently serves as Media and Design Specialist at an impressive little Midwestern College where he works directly with faculty to develop effective instructional videos. He has an MFA in Digital Cinema from California's National University, a BSED in English and Theatre Education from the University of South Dakota, and a certificate in Online Education from UW Stout. He was founder and principle owner of Little Prompter, LLC, a teleprompter design and manufacturing company until he sold the company in 2020. Prior to joining Carleton's staff, he taught communication, theatre, and video production for approximately 15 years while working as a professional actor and director--appearing in over forty national and regional commercials and directing and editing dozens of videos and musicals. Dann’s MFA thesis project involved writing and directing an original, full-length musical, filming the entire development and production process, and editing it into an educational DVD entitled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical. His DVD is currently being distributed by Films Media Group.

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