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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    Hear Joe Wilkins Read from his Award-Winning Fiction and Poetry, and Share Your Own Work During the Open Mic

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    Friday, April 9, 2021

    7 p.m., Central Time

    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. The meeting ID is 868 4326 4280 and the Passcode is 949322

    The Driftless Writing Center is thrilled to host a public reading by Joe Wilkins, which will be followed by an open mic. Those who wish to read during the open mic should bring a maximum of five minutes of writing to share.


    Joe Wilkins is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred Booklist review. A finalist for the First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Fall Back Down When I Die won the 2020 High Plains Book Award and has been translated into French, Spanish, and Italian. Wilkins is also the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, the winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and four collections of poetry, including most recently Thieve and When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.


    Wilkins lives with his family in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield University and is a member of the low-residency MFA faculty at Eastern Oregon University.

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    Harness the Power of Place in Your Writing in a Workshop Led by Joe Wilkins

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Central Time

    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.

    “Layers of Landscape: Harnessing the Power of Place” recognizes that place is an active force in all of our lives and that we ignore its power at our own psychological and physical peril. Place shapes and reshapes us, offers foundation and refuge, and challenges us to be good citizens of all our communities. In life and in writing, we ought to try to understand and harness the power of place. This workshop led by Joe Wilkins offers writers four ways they might begin to do just that.

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    Demystifying the Submissions Process

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    Saturday, April 17 and 24

    10: 15 a.m., Central Time

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

    Online via Zoom

    No registration necessary. Use this Zoom link to join either or both of the workshops. The meeting ID is 843 0131 2127 and the passcode is 916727.

    Author, translator, and professor Jesse Lee Kercheval presents two informal workshops that will help writers submit their work to a broad range of publications. On Saturday, April, 17, the Submission 101 workshop will provide tips on submitting work and will walk participants through using the Submittable software program. On the following Saturday, April 24, participants will gather for coffee and submit their work.


    The DWC would like to thank Ms. Kercheval for donating her time and expertise to present these free and informal workshops to the DWC’s supporters and friends.


    Jesse Lee Kercheval is the Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at UW-Madison and the award-winning author of eighteen books, including the short story collection Underground Women, the memoir Space, and the poetry collection America that island off the coast of France.

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    Connect and Write with the DWC

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    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through May 1, 2021.

    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 April 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. All times are Central Daylight 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.


    Write-in sessions are open to all writers anywhere, working in any genre.  You can join us for one session per week or all, and drop in throughout the season as your schedule allows.


    These casual virtual get-togethers consist of two writing sprints and the opportunity to connect with your fellow writers, all within an hour.


    After you've registered, you will 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.


    Instructors: Jennifer Morales and Lisa Henner. 


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    View Online Discussions and Readings from Contours: A Literary Landscape

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    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

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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 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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