Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the festival?

The festival celebrates the Chippewa Valley, so events are held at various locations including Pablo Center at the Confluence, Chippewa Valley area libraries, a local hotel, a downtown area church, the University Wisconsin–Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin–Stout, and the Chippewa Valley Museum. Check our events page for details on each event.

What type of authors do you host?

Every type imaginable!  From fiction to non-fiction, mystery to poetry, we try to provide a wealth of subjects. This year we have a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, as well as authors from the genres of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. See our author page for more information.

Do you need to read the books before attending the events?

Absolutely not. If you’re motivated enough to read one, or two, or ten of the festival books ahead of time, great, but you will enjoy the discussion and stories behind the books with no prior knowledge. In fact, attending these events is a great way to find your next read. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of a book after hearing an author. We will have copies of the authors’ featured book at every event.

How much do the events cost?

Most events are open to the public, require no ticket, and are FREE! You can learn all about the ticketed events, including prices, on our Ticketed Events page. Check the schedule for all the details:

My child is interested in the writers' events, where is information on that?

FAQs and the entry form for the Young Writers Showcase can be found here. We don’t call anything a competition, as we want all young authors to feel important. Certain works are chosen to be read and that event occurs during the Sunday of the festival week.

Do I need to RSVP to the author events?

Details are still being worked out regarding the meal events and ticketed presentations for the 2019 festival. Check back mid-summer for all the details about these events. No registration is required for free author events. We want you to attend as many events as interest you. For a full listing of the festival events, click here.

I want to submit as an author, where can I do that?

Author deadlines are in November for the following year. We are taking author submissions now for the 2020 festival, click here to learn more.

May I bring children to the events?

Most events are family-friendly, but carefully read each program description. Some events cover subjects that children may not grasp, or may find challenging.

How do you fund the authors?

The community supports this festival along with grants and a huge amount of help from area businesses. If you are interested in making a contribution, please click here to support the festival.