The Driftless Writing Center offers a multitude of classes on a variety of topics for writers of all levels. Led by both DWC board members and guest instructors, past offerings have included grant-writing, crafting effective press releases, nature writing, manuscript revision, writing poetry, and how to start putting words on a page, a workshop for everyone.

The DWC also provides regular writing enrichment tutorials for home-schooled students and has worked with public high school students on writing personal essays. We endeavor to keep tuition as low as possible to make sure that everyone has access to our offerings, and the DWC always sponsors one scholarship spot for every class.

Several of our classes have been offered after hearing from community members. If you’d like to suggest a topic, tell us about an author you’d like us to bring to the area, or provide feedback of any kind, we’d love to hear from you. 

Current Classes and Author Appearances
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    Draft and Craft

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    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Draft & Craft is an informal and fun workshop that provides challenging prompts on a variety of topics and gives participants time to think and write. Led by a rotating cast of DWC instructors, the sessions for spring 2020 include instigating and heightening drama in your writing, making new work from found materials, crafting an attention-getting pitch letter, and writing great dialogue.

     

    No registration is necessary. Just bring pen and paper and be ready to enjoy excellent company and intriguing discussions.

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    Poet Angela Trudell Vasquez to Visit Viroqua

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    Angela will read from her new book, In Light, Always Light (Finishing Line Press, 2020), followed by an open mic on Friday, March 13. Bring 5 minutes of writing to share.


    The Poetry as a Visual Art Form workshop on Saturday, March 14, will explore how white space, caesuras, the em dash, and elliptical poetry is used effectively by other poets, including C. D. Wright, Simon Ortiz, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Adrienne Rich, Jean Valentine, Claudia Rankine, Joan Naviyuk Kane, and Layli Long Soldier. Please bring one poem on any subject to edit during our time together.


    Angela Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was a Ruth Lilly fellow as a Drake University undergraduate. Her work has been published in the Taos Journal of Poetry, Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters, and Cloudthroat, and appears on the Poetry Foundation’s website. She has new work forthcoming in RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts & Humanities.

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    More Getting Words on a Page Coming Soon

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    Late spring/summer 2019

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    In response to a community member asking for help with writing, the DWC’s Lisa Henner and Robin Hosemann led the multisession Getting Words on a Page workshop in the fall of 2019. This class gave writers of all levels, experiences, and backgrounds the opportunity to gain confidence in moving their ideas to paper. Packed with energizing prompts, unique tips for working past common stumbling blocks, and the camaraderie of time spent with others who share an interest in developing their writing lives, Getting Words on a Page proved wildly popular and sold out quickly, and the DWC plans to offer it again in late spring. Keep an eye out for more details.

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    Stories from the Flood Project: An ongoing oral history and community-service project

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    Throughout 2020

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    After the devasting flooding in late August and early September 2018, we wanted to do more than mop floors and haul away trash, and we decided to do what we do best—help people tell their stories. For more information on this ongoing community-service project, visit www.wisconsinfloodstories.org

Our Cancellation Policy

Wisconsin weather can be unreliable and occasionally challenging—especially in winter—and we want everyone to travel wisely and safely.

In case of inclement weather, the DWC will follow the Viroqua Public School District’s cancellation notices. If the Viroqua Public School District cancels classes for the day, the DWC will cancel any program scheduled for that day. Please check our Facebook page for up-to-the-moment notices.

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At the Driftless Writing Center, we believe everyone has a story to tell. We commit ourselves to confronting discrimination and oppression and to removing barriers to learning, writing, and sharing, so that everyone’s story can be heard.

The Driftless Writing Center

PO Box 403

Viroqua, WI 54665

driftlesswritingcenter@gmail.com

608-492-1669

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