Introducing Great River Writes

October 28-November 18, 2017

Join us for the first annual Great River Writes, a series of programs throughout the Driftless Region, including writing workshops, speakers, and a keynote address from bestselling author Nickolas Butler. 

The La Crosse Public Library is partnering with Women Writer's Ink, the La Crosse Area Writers Group, the River Arts Alliance, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and the Winona Public Library for this first annual series, inspired by National Novel Writing Month. 

All events are free and open to the public. Be sure to follow the Great River Writes Facebook page for full details and updates. 

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Keynote Address with Nickolas Butler

October 28, 11:00-1:00
La Crosse Public Library (800 Main Street, La Crosse)

Join us for the kickoff of Great River Writes with keynote by bestselling and award winning author, Nickolas Butler. Following his talk, Butler will be answering questions and selling/signing copies of his books. Nickolas Butler was raised in Eau Claire, WI and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the award-winning novel The Hearts of Men and the internatiaonally best-selling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, as well as numerous short stoies and non-fiction pieces. He currently lives with his family in rural Wisconsin. 
How to Plot Your Novel with Ashlyn Monroe
October 29, 12:00-2:00 PM

Are you working on writing a novel or thinking about starting one? Don't lose the plot by going it alone. Join romance writer Ashlyn Monroe and other local writers to get some  helpful tips and worksheets that will help you map out your story. Monroe is a prolific author of romance novels, including Captive Desires (Beachwalk Press), Given (Evernight Publishing Books), and Reality Hero (Beachwalk Press). 

Read more about Ashlyn Monroe on her website



NaNoWriMo Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop

November 4, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Winona Public Library (151 W 5th Street, Winona)

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Winona Public Library has several one-day only activities to celebrate the month during the NaNoWriMo Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop. First, stop by one of many local author booths. Visit with one of the following authors and learn about their writing styles: Terri Karsten, Janice Kirk, Ken McCullough, Ellen McDonah, Kathleen Kenney Peterson, Paul Schaefer, Andy Schoepp, Kent Stever, and Kathryn Sullivan. Then attend one of the many creative writing workshops.

Setting as Character with Blair Braverman

November 5, 1:30-3:30 PM
La Crosse Public Library (800 Main Street, La Crosse)

Got a travel story to tell? Love the land you live on? Join acclaimed travel writer and memoirist Blair Braverman for a free workshop on setting, where you'll learn ways to elevate the way you write about place. Braverman is a nonfiction writer and dogsledder who has appeared on This American Life and Outside Magazine. Her debut book Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube is a funny and sometimes harrowing memoir about her experiences living in the arctic, where she learned to drive sled dogs and worked as a tour guide on a glacier.

Spoken Word Workshop with Black Sheep Poetry

November 11, 1:30-3:30 PM
Minnesota Marine Art Museum (800 Riverview Drive, Winona)

Join the wordsmiths behind Black Sheep Poetry at the beautiful Minnesota Marine Art Museum to learn how to speak with feeling, rhythm, and passion. Black Sheep Poetry is a community of writers, performers and storytellers based in and around Winona, Minnesota. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Kids with Laura Purdie Salas

November 18, 10:00-11:00 AM
Winona Public Library (151 W 5th Street, Winona)

Author, poet and educator Laura Purdie Salas will talk about writing children's books with tips and tricks to get you started. Salas is the author of several children's books including If You Were the MoonA is for Arrr: A Pirate Alphabet and The Putrid Poetic Pondering of Louis J Pasternak, AKA DR. Skullstench. She has also written several books of poetry for adults and children, as well as guidebooks for parents and educators. The event is made possible in part or in whole by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund.