Great River Writes Programs

Late October - Early December

Great River Writes announces the 3rd 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 every weekend, October 26 through December 6. 

Community write-ins, craft talks, and expert tips support both published and yet-to-be-published writers of novels, poems, short stories, and more. Guest authors visiting this year include R.R. Campbell, Frank Bures Jr, and Chris Norbury. 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Novel . . . but Were Afraid to Ask

Saturday, November 23rd, 10am @ 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 Closing Reception 

Friday, December 6th, 5-7pm at the Pump House

You’ve worked hard on your writing, you’ve practiced new skills, you’ve added to that word count goal, now it’s time to celebrate. Come hang out with and cheer on your fellow writing community at this open mic and social! Bring your friends and loved ones and meet area writers. Food is provided, and drinks are available for purchase. Open mic readings will start at 5:30pm, and all are welcome to share a 5-10 minute portion of their work.