Events, Classes, and Workshops
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.
Mining the Local: Archival Poetics
Come play in the Vernon County archives with poet Elizabeth Hoover!
Saturday, March 30, 2024
10AM to 12PM
Vernon County Museum and History Center
410 S. Center St., Viroqua
In this generative workshop, we will experiment with writing poetry in concert with archival research. We will read the work of three poets who engage in archival research, meaning research that involves handling primary source materials like letters, diaries, photographs, and recordings, among others. In addition, we will write our own poetry using archival objects as a source of inspiration.
Registration is limited. To register, click here.
Poetry Reading with Elizabeth Hoover
Join Driftless Writing Center for a reading by the poet Elizabeth Hoover with an open mic to follow.
Friday, March 29, 2024
Metaphysical Graffiti Bookstore
119 W. Court St., Viroqua
Join Driftless Writing Center for a reading by the poet Elizabeth Hoover, author of the archive is all in present tense, winner of the 2021 Barrow Street Book Poetry Prize.
Open mic to follow. Please bring no more than 5 minutes of work to share.
Connect & Write
Join the Driftless Writing Center and Arts + Literature Laboratory for a
Mondays 10:00AM – 11:00AM (Central Time)
Tuesdays 10:00AM – 11:00AM (Central Time)
Wednesday 10:00AM – 11:00AM (Central Time)
Thursdays 10:00AM – 11:00AM (Central Time) [hosted by Art + Lit Lab]
Fridays 10:00AM - 11:00AM (Central Time)
Saturdays 9:00AM – 10:00AM (Central Time)
Sundays 9:00AM – 10:00AM (Central Time) [hosted by Art + Lit Lab]
All “Connect & Write” events are online via Zoom.
The Driftless Writing Center's casual drop-in “Connect & Write” sessions will continue throughout 2023 on the schedule above. Write a novel, pull together that poetry chapbook, explore your cross-genre ambitions, or focus on a single essay. Please join us whenever you can to work toward your writing goals!
All meetings are held online via Zoom. The DWC’s “Connect & Write” program is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.
2023 "First Friday" Open Mics
The DWC’s series of online open mics will continue through 2023 on the first Friday of every even-numbered month.
3 February 2023 (7:00PM Central)
7 April 2023 (7:00PM Central)
2 June 2023 (7:00PM Central)
4 August 2023 (7:00PM Central)
6 October 2023 (7:00PM Central)
1 December 2023 (7:00PM Central)
Held online via Zoom
The Driftless Writing Center will sponsor another year of “First Friday” online open mics. All members of the DWC community are encouraged to read their work and/or be part of the listening audience. Look for an email message a couple of weeks before each event for specific details, including information on how to register to read. “First Friday” events are free, though donations to support this and other DWC programs are very much appreciated!
View Online Discussions and Readings from Contours: A Literary Landscape
Online recording available now
Featuring readings by:
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.
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.
Stories from the Flood Project: An ongoing oral history and community-service project
This project is ongoing
100+ stories shared
More information is on the Stories from the Flood website
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 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.