Category Archives: Literary

Great River Writes Series

Announcing the first annual Great River Writes Series, a collaboration between La Crosse, Wisconsin writers and Public Library and Winona, Minnesota writers and Public Library, and River Arts Alliance. Check our our offerings, mark your calendars, and enjoy! All programs are free and open to the public.

Keynote Address with Nickolas Butler
Saturday | October 28 | 11:00-1:00
La Crosse Public Library Auditorium | La Crosse, WI
Join us for the kickoff of Great River Writes with keynote by bestselling and award winning author, Nickolas Butler (Shotgun Lovesongs, Beneath the Bonfire, The Hearts of Men). Q & A to follow, as well as book selling and signing.

How to Plot Your Novel with Ashlynn Monroe
Sunday | October 29 | 12-2:00
Cabin Coffee North | La Crosse, WI
Get started on your novel with helpful tips and worksheets led by local author, Ashlynn Monroe. Learn where to find tools to help you map out your story.

Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday | November 4 | 10:00-12:00
Winona Public Library | Winona, MN
The Winona Public Library is hosting a local author fair with authors from all over the region. Additionally, creative writing workshops covering nature writing to character development are being held.

Setting as Character with Blair Braverman
Sunday | November 5 | 1:30-3:30
La Crosse Public Library Auditorium | La Crosse, WI
Got a travel story to tell? Love the land you live on? Join travel writer and memoirist, Blair Braverman (Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube), for a free workshop on setting. Learn ways to elevate the way you write about place.

Spoken Word Workshop with Black Sheep Poetry Collective
Saturday | November 11 | 1:30-3:30
Minnesota Marine Art Museum | Winona, MN
Join the wordsmiths behind Black Sheep Poetry for this spoken word workshop held in the beautiful Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Learn how to speak with feeling, rhythm, and passion.

Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Kids
Saturday | November 18 | 10:00-11:00
Winona Public Library, Winona, MN
Author Laura Purdie Salas will talk about writing children’s books and tips and tricks on how to get started. This program is brought to you in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Legacy Fund.

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The River Arts Alliance is a collaborator of the Great River Writes Series.


Laureate Writers Series – August 2017

Tuesday | August 1 | 7pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse Poet and scholar Rob Hardy will read from his new book, Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016, as part of the Laureate Writers Series. The reading will be followed by a book signing and an open mic. The event is sponsored by the Fine Arts Council of the… Continue Reading

“Night Work” Author Reading Event

Saturday | July 8 | 6:30-7:30pm Acoustic Cafe | 77 Lafayette St | Winona Join us for an intimate reading of Jim Schoen’s latest book, Night Work. Local authors, poets and staples to the Winona book scene will read their favorite excerpts from Jim Schoen’s collection of short stories that span from sweet romance, to tragedy to laugh-out-loud… Continue Reading

On Hallowed Ground

Winona's Poet Laureate Ken McCullough composed a poem for the opening of the Member Exhibit. We are honored to share his beautiful verse. Photo courtesy of Al Mueller. ON HALLOWED GROUND The Artist must be the canary in the mine   the dove that returns to the ark   with the olive leaf in its beak The Artist… Continue Reading

Book Launch /Author Reading

Tuesday | June 27 | 4:30-6:00pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse Kathleen Peterson, writing under her family name of Kathleen Kenney, has published a novel set in Ireland with Doubleday. “Quiet and lyrical, Girl on the Leeside is a slim, beautiful debut about one woman taking her place in the world.” Shelf Awareness review. About Girl on… Continue Reading