A native of Minnesota, Dan Jorgensen grew up on a South Dakota farm, attended a one-room country school and was the first member of his family to attend college, earning degrees in journalism and public relations from South Dakota State University with further coursework in creative writing and film at Colorado State University. A U.S. Army infantry veteran, he also is an Honor Graduate from the U.S. Defense Information School (DINFOS).
He has had a long career as a writer, editor, and educator, winning awards for his work in all three fields. The author of 8 books, 3 songs and a one-act play, he also has contributed to two anthologies and written hundreds of news, sports and feature stories, both as a journalist and in public relations.
He is a frequent presenter on the topics “Storytelling: From Journalism to Creative Writing” and “The Writing Life.” Dan and his wife Susan live in Milliken, CO and are the parents of two adult daughters – one whose family lives in Longmont, CO, and the other whose family lives in Silver Spring, MD. He is a member of the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE); the Historical Novel Society; the Historical Writers of America; the National Association of Science Writers; Rotary International, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.