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Galena LitFest (Virtual): Brainstorming: How to Unstick What’s Stuck

Galena Public Library 601 S. Bench St, Galena

A free writing workshop from award-winning indie author Hollie Smurthwaite. An inspired writer is an unstuck writer. Dig deep and find something that will spark creation and lead to a richer more unique story. Hollie Smurthwaite is the author of "The Color of Trauma," a romantic suspense novel and winner of the 2020 Soon to…

Winter Writers Reading Series: Owen Aibric

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts presents Owen Aibric, winner of the Wisconsin Writers Association 2021 Fiction Contest, reading from and discussing his work. Through a long career of teaching and environmental justice activism, Owen has always treasured stories of place. He is the progeny of a journalist mother who gave him novels to read…

Winter Writers Reading Series: Allison Uselman

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts presents Allison Uselman, winner of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2021 Fiction Contest, reading from and discussing her work. Born, raised and currently living in Madison, Allison attended Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she graduated in 2019 with a degree in English and with a studio art minor.…

Winter Writers Reading Series: Kathie Giorgio

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts presents Kathie Giorgio, winner of the Wisconsin Writers Association 2021 Poetry Contest, reading from and discussing her work. Kathie is the author of five novels, two story collections, a collection of essays, and two poetry chapbooks. A full-length poetry collection, "No Matter Which Way You Look, There Is More…

Winter Writers Reading Series: Dasha Kelly Hamilton

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts presents Dasha Kelly Hamilton, 2021-22 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, reading from and discussing her work. Dasha is a writer, performance artist and creative change agent, applying the creative process to facilitate dialogues around human and social wellness. She is the author of two novels, three poetry collections, four spoken word…

Plays Out Loud: “The River Bride” by Marisela Trevino Orta

Slowpoke Lounge & Cabaret 137 W. Jefferson St., Spring Green

Join with friends and other lovers of dramatic literature in a community reading of a play from American Players Theatre's upcoming 2022 season. Choose the part you want to read out loud or come to just listen and discuss. Free scripts available at the door the afternoon of the event, or playbooks are for sale…

Free

Plays Out Loud: “The Moors” by Jen Silverman

Slowpoke Lounge & Cabaret 137 W. Jefferson St., Spring Green

Join with friends and other lovers of dramatic literature in a community reading of a play from American Players Theatre's upcoming 2022 season. Choose the part you want to read out loud or come to just listen and discuss. Free scripts available at the door the afternoon of the event, or playbooks are for sale…

Free

Shake Rag Alley’s 6th Annual Mining the Story Writing Retreat

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI

Join us for the sixth annual Mining the Story Writing Retreat at Shake Rag Alley, open to writers of all levels. Enrich your talent and prospects in one of three genres taught by either Patricia Ann McNair (Memoir and Personal Narrative; Retreat Artistic Director), Christine Maul Rice (Writing Fiction), or Sheree L. Greer (Digging In:…

Craft Talk: Octavia Taught Me: Creative Practice and Accountability

Shake Rag Alley Lind Pavilion 411 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI

Novelist Octavia Butler wrote, “First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. … Habit will help you finish and polish your stories.” In this craft talk by Sheree L. Greer, writers will reckon with their writing habits and writing goals, reflecting on what works and what needs updating. We’ll share approaches and tools to help us…

Craft Talk: Making Sense of It All: Literary Response to Historic (& Personal) Events

Shake Rag Alley Lind Pavilion 411 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI

Of her latest novel, "The Sentence," novelist Louise Erdrich wrote, “By the end, I realized that although we might want to forget parts of 2020, we should not forget. Obviously, we can’t forget. We have to use what we learned.” (AP News, 8/22/2021) In the recent past, we have endured historic tragedies. In "The Sentence," Erdrich,…