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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    Celebrate NaNoWriMo with the DWC!

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    Wednesdays and Saturdays through November; Sunday, November 29

    7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings; 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, November 29

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

    Online using Zoom

    Register for any or all of our NaNoWriMo events at: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/2x3F6SbR0R7gJj_UAEQZMw

    Registrants will receive a Zoom link at the end of October.

    Want a challenge to take your mind off the world? Want to take a deep dive into a writing project with friends? Join Driftless Writing Center board members Lisa Henner and Jennifer Morales for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo.


    NaNoWriMo, which takes place from November 1 through November 30, is an international community of writers striving to write 50,000 words in one month—essentially a draft of a short novel. DWC will be providing drop-in writing sessions online twice each week and a bonus “Homestretch Sunday” session at the end of the month.


    On Wednesdays, Jennifer will lead participants through two 25-minute writing blocks with a 30-minute Q&A at the end for your writing craft questions. On Saturdays, Lisa will lead two 25-minute writing blocks followed by a 30-minute conversation about “tips and tricks” to help you develop skills that will keep you motivated.


    The DWC will also offer a “Come Write In” community on the NaNoWriMo site.

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    View an Online Reading by Angie Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s Poet Laureate, and an Open Mic

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    Ongoing

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    Online using Zoom

    Register in advance for this reading at:

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkfuurqD8tHNShNbbLrOPvt6QxQyB10mLG

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Angie Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s Poet Laureate, recently read from her new book, In Light, Always Light (Finishing Line Press, 2020), followed by an open mic.


    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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    View Online Discussions and Readings from Contours: A Literary Landscape

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    Online using Zoom

    Here’s the link to the finale of the McIntosh Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87542288496?pwd=NllVdXg0YmloWFQxbWw2LzJyUWVjQT09

    To view a reading by eleven anthology contributors hosted by Jennifer Morales: https://zoom.us/rec/share/4fFXcJrdy0BOWJXh7m6cSpEIH9--T6a81SRMrPILmE8ToOEnjC6JZPAUaOjxhIaF Use passcode .S8@xb&+

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


    The Driftless Writing Center recently sponsored an online reading from the anthology hosted by Jennifer Morales. Use the link above 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 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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