Creative Writing Workshops for Adults
at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library — free and open to the public
Young Author Workshops for Grades 3-8 are here
Aspiring and professional writers alike are encouraged to improve their craft and network with other writers by taking advantage of one or both writing workshops. The free workshops are made possible by a partnership between the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire.
Registration is required as space is limited. Register online at www.ecpubliclibrary.info/events beginning September 1, 2017. DEADLINE for registration is October 10, 2017.
Nonfiction Workshop with Patti See
Monday, October 16 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join author Patti See for a hands-on workshop on writing about place. Prepare by listening to pieces on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Wisconsin Life,” and come with notes (or simply a few ideas) about your own uniquely Wisconsin story. Leave the workshop with the start of a 500-word prose piece that you might submit to “Wisconsin Life” or another publication, such as Volume One’s “Local Lit” column.
Patti See is an award winning author and regular contributor to “Wisconsin Life” on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her work has also appeared in Salon Magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas, HipMama, as well as many other magazines and anthologies.
Poetry Workshop with Katie Vagnino
Tuesday, October 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The affordances of poetry are different than prose, and so the approach to telling a story must be adapted to suit the genre. Workshop participants will explore what makes a successful narrative poem beginning by looking at a few examples of narrative poems with an eye toward understanding how they work, and what devices the poet is utilizing to tell an impactful story. Participants will then have time to draft and revise poems through guided exercises, and share work in small groups.
Katie Vagnino currently teaches creative writing at UW-Eau Claire and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She earned her MFA from Emerson College, and her poetry and criticism have appeared in Pleaides, Measure, Unsplendid, the Raintown Review, and Poetry Quarterly. She also contributes regularly to Volume One.