Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the festival?

The festival celebrates the Chippewa Valley, so events are held at various locations including the new 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 biographer, poets, non-fiction about bees, another about the impact of fracking, a story about Hmong culture, mystery writers, and more.  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’ book(s) at every event.

How much do the events cost?

Most events are open to the public, require no ticket, and are FREE!  The only exceptions are the Kevin Young and Caroline Fraser author events and the Tessa Fontaine and Mai Neng Moua events that include dining. Specific details regarding reservations and ticket prices can be found under each individual event at

Do I need to know anything to register for the workshops?

Our writing workshops are for aspiring writers, so please don’t let that hold you back!  We want all Chippewa Valley writers to feel welcome and comfortable.  The workshops are free but require registration.

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

Information on the Young Writers Workshops can be found here and 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?

Only the meal events, the Caroline Fraser event at Pablo Center, and the Kevin Young University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Forum event require tickets.  Also, the Young Writers Workshops require pre-registration. 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.

When will the schedule be posted?

The entire schedule will be online by mid-summer, click here for the 2018 festival line up.

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

Author deadlines are the previous December for the following year.  We are taking author submissions now for the 2019 festival, click here for that page.

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.