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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    Genre-bending Writer Freesia McKee Reads from Her Work Followed by an Open Mic

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    Friday, March 26, 2021

    7 p.m.

    Free, but donations to the DWC encouraged (see our Donate page)

    Online via Zoom

    No registration necessary. Use this Zoom link to join the reading and open mic: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85333953109?pwd=OHRQSnRycXd3VXk5L3NhMlBIYVpVdz09. The meeting ID is 853 3395 3109 and the passcode is 963887.

    The Driftless Writing Center is delighted to sponsor a public reading by Freesia McKee, which will be followed by an open mic. Participants who want to read during the open mic should bring a maximum of five minutes of writing to share.


    Freesia McKee writes poetry, prose, and the genres in-between. She’s the author of How Distant the City, the essays editor at South Florida Poetry Journal, and a book reviewer at large. Freesia’s work has appeared in FlywayBone BouquetSo to SpeakTinderbox Poetry JournalPainted Bride QuarterlyCALYXAbout Place Journal, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. Originally from Milwaukee, she’s been teaching hybrid forms, micro-memoir, and poetry classes remotely from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Freesia welcomes you to connect with her online at freesiamckee.com or through Twitter at @freesiamckee.

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    Transcend Genre Boundaries and Be Inspired in Freesia McKee’s Workshop

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    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Sliding scale, $20 to $50

    Online via Zoom

    Advanced registration is necessary for this limited-enrollment workshop. Click here to register. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants closer to the date of the workshop.

    Freesia McKee’s workshop “Spinnerbaits, Jigs, and Spoons: Writing Haibun and Zuihitsu Poetry” introduces writers to two genre-bending forms that spark surprising associations through juxtaposition. Participants will consider classic and contemporary examples of these capacious, lightweight forms, and then cast their lines to write their own. This workshop is suitable for writers of poetry, writers of prose, and the genre-curious. Register early for this limited-enrollment generative workshop that will inform and inspire all writers.

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    Connect and Write with the DWC

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    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through March.

    10 - 11 a.m (CT) Monday mornings
    10 - 11 a.m (CT) Tuesday mornings
    6 - 7 p.m. (CT) Wednesday evenings
    9 - 10 a.m. (CT) Saturday mornings

    Free, but donations to the DWC encouraged (see our Donate page)

    Online via Zoom

    The Driftless Writing Center is offering online drop-in sessions four times a week through the end of March 2021. We meet on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Central Time, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Central Time, and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Central Time. We will log into Zoom together, check in on our goals for the session, then get to work in two 25-minute blocks of focused writing time.


    These write-ins are open to all writers anywhere, working in any genre.  You are welcome to show up once, or every time, or anytime that fits your schedule.


    These write-ins are shorter and more casual than the virtual get-togethers that we offered for National Novel Writing Month: no craft talks, just two writing sprints and the opportunity to connect with your fellow writers, all within an hour.


    Please register here to receive the Zoom link. While there is no fee to register, donations (see our Donate page) to the Driftless Writing Center are encouraged. Your donations help us provide scholarships for DWC workshops and classes, and support our efforts to build writing community in the Driftless region.

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    View Online Discussions and Readings from Contours: A Literary Landscape

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    Ongoing

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    Free

    Online using Zoom

    None required

    The McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua recently featured Contours: A Literary Landscape in their Adult Summer Reading Program. Lisa Henner discussed the history and goals of the Driftless Writing Center, David Hough talked about the making of the anthology, and contributor Janet Rowe read from her work.


    The Driftless Writing Center hosted an online reading from the anthology hosted by Jennifer Morales. Click here (and use passcode .S8@xb&+)to hear eleven contributors read from their work. Featured writers include Kimberly Blaeser, Peter Blewett, Leslie Damaso, Katherine Fischer, Mary Ellen Gallagher, Kristine Jepsen, Jonel Kiesau, Kevin Koch, Justin O’Brien, Laura Romeyn, and franciszka voeltz.

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

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    Throughout 2020

    Various

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    No registration needed

    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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