Category Archives: Literary

Great River Writes: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Novel

Saturday | November 23 | 10:00-11:00am
Winona Public Library

Author Chris Norbury will share his overall writing experience and answer questions that readers may hesitate to ask an author:

  • Earnings
  • Costs of Producing and Selling a Book
  • The Hidden Costs of Producing and Selling a Book
  • Entering Contests and Winning Awards
  • Achieving Bestseller Status
  • The Dark Side of Novelists

He’ll answer “personal questions” like these with his own statistics: the amount he earns for each book sale, what an average author earns per year, the effect winning a few awards (including being a finalist in the 2018 MN Writes, MN Reads contest) had on his career and book sales, understanding what it means to be a bestselling author these days (which he says he is certainly NOT). Chris hopes to stimulate and encourage the audience to ask any question they want.

The session is geared toward people who are considering writing a book and want to know more of the nitty-gritty aspects, not just the romanticized image of an author’s life. Chris will dispel the myths by sharing what’s really involved with regards to time and money. Those who are simply curious about the business side of writing and how that’s often at odds with the creative side of writing may be interested as well.

Great River Writes is a partner of the River Arts Alliance.


Great River Writes: Frank Bures Jr.

How To Write About Weird Stuff and Make a Living At It Saturday | November 16 | 11:00am-1:00pm Winona Public Library Frank Bures, Jr. is a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, a columnist at The Rotarian Magazine, and his work has appeared in Harper’s, Outside, Men’s Health, Bicycling, Esquire, Audubon, Scientific American… Continue Reading

Great River Writes: Mark My Words Reception

Friday | November 15 | 5:00-7:00pm Pump House Regional Arts Center The Pump House Regional Arts Center, Great River Writes, and La Crosse Public Library are hosting a reception for Mark My Words 2019. The exhibit will showcase artwork and the short poetry it inspires. Fifteen artists and poets were selected by a group… Continue Reading

Great River Writes: NaNoWriMo Creative Writing and Local Author Fair

Saturday | November 9 | 10:00am-12:00pm Winona Public Library Workshops: 10:10am: Getting Started 10:40am: The How-Tos of Writing a Query Letter to a Literary Agent or Publisher 11:10am: Writing to Heal 11:40am: Pressbooks: Organize and Print Your Own Books Guest Authors Include: Janice Kirk Kathryn Sullivan C.H. Armstrong Andy Schoepp Kaye Henrickson Jodi Vandenberg-Daves… Continue Reading

Poets Laureate to speak at Paperbacks and Pieces

Monday | November 4 | 4:00-5:30pm Paperbacks and Pieces | 429 Mankato Ave Paperbacks and Pieces invites you to an afternoon of poetry with Ken McCullough, Emilio DeGrazia, and James Armstrong along with their host: Ron Riekki, editor of the book Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. Focusing on contemporary issues, this text… Continue Reading

Great River Writes: Come Write In

Saturday | November 2 | 9:00am-12:00pm Perkins Restaurant | 9428 Highway 16 | Onalaska, WI November is National Novel Writing Month! Join fellow writers for a community write-in hosted by our local NaNoWriMo liaison, Amy Jo Van Arsdall. Bring your manuscripts, order some breakfast, and start your wordcount out strong with some caffeinated camaraderie.… Continue Reading

November Laureate Series: Joyce Sutphen

Tuesday | November 5 | 7:00pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota’s Poet Laureate, will present her work as part of the Laureate Writers Series. She will read from her new book Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems. The book is introduced by Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate. The reading will… Continue Reading

Murder in Wisconsin: The Clara Olson Case

Thursday | October 17 | 6:30pm Old Main | 20869 College Ave Galesville, WI | Larry and Ann Scheckel will present a Power-Point talk and discussion of their book, “Murder in Wisconsin.” The Clara Olson case was the crime of the century, a true story of romance and courtship, intrigue and murder set among… Continue Reading

Great River Reading Series, Laura Jean Baker, author

Monday | October 21 | 7:00pm Stark 103 | Winona State University. Laura Jean Baker will read from her memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, which won the 2018 Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award, from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. After giving birth to her daughter, UW-Oshkosh professor Baker felt the effects of the natural… Continue Reading