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 | 11:00am-1:00pm
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 | 12:00-2:00pm
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.

Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Kids
Friady | November 3 | 3:30-4:30pm
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.

Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday | November 4 | 10:00am-12:00pm
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 | 1:30-3:30pm
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 | 1:30-3:30pm
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.

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


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