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Great River Writes announces the 4th annual writing series to inspire writers of all levels. In conjunction with National Novel Writing Month, public libraries and literary organizations in La Crosse and Winona will host writing workshops and author chats from late October into December, 2020. Due to Covid, all events this year will be virtual.

Community write-ins, craft talks, and expert tips support both published and yet-to-be-published writers of novels, poems, short stories, and more.

Great River Writes Keynote Address with Jaki Shelton Green

Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 6 PM CST

Jaki Shelton Green, the first African-American Poet Laureate of North Carolina, will launch the 4th Annual Great River Writes series on November 5th. The author of eight collections of poetry, Ms. Green teaches Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. In her most recent work, The River Speaks of Thirst, her debut album, she performs new poems set to music, addressing subjects such as police brutality, lynchings, the middle passage, and America’s original sin of slavery. One track, “Oh My Brother,” responds to the killing of George Floyd. Ms. Green will speak about the power of art, the power of poetry, she will read from her work, and will engage with viewers about the craft of writing and the role of perseverance.
This event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse English Department.

To register, sign up here:


Writing Your Ancestry with Danielle Trussoni

Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 2 PM-3:30 PM CST

Writing Your Ancestry: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Family
Join internationally bestselling author (and former La Crosse resident) Danielle Trussoni for a reading and workshop around writing your ancestry. This workshop will use family stories and ancestral origins to explore techniques in fiction and creative nonfiction.

This event is free to attend and sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Writers Guild and La Crosse Public Library.

Danielle Trussoni is an internationally bestselling author, columnist, and creator. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, where she writes the Dark Matters column. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and was the Chair of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction jury this year. Her new book, The Ancestor, came out in April 2020. For more information on Danielle and her books, visit

This event will be held via Zoom. You will be sent the meeting information the week of the event. Register by emailing or by calling Payge at 608-789-7145 to reserve your spot. 


The Ins and Outs of Getting Your Manuscript Published

Saturday, November 21,02020 11 AM- 12:30 PM

Chris Fischbach, publisher at Coffee House Press, will lead a discussion about how to get your work published.

Chris will talk about how Coffee House goes about selecting manuscripts and working with authors, as well as what factors one needs to consider in getting one’s work published—what to do and
what to avoid. He will open it up for questions and discussion for the
remainder of the session.

Chris Fischbach became publisher of Coffee House Press in July 2011,
after sixteen years in various editorial roles. He has served as co-chair of
the Minneapolis Arts Commission, assistant director of the Twin Cities
Book Festival, and on the board of directors of the Friends of the
Hennepin County Library. He currently serves on the board of the
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

This event is sponsored by the River Arts Alliance, the Winona Public Library, and the Friends of the Winona Public Library.

This event is free but requires registration. Please sign up at and you'll receive the event link and login information by 3pm the day prior.