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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.

Policy of Non-Discrimination and Code of Conduct for Participants

Policy of Non-Discrimination

The Driftless Writing Center (DWC) is an equal opportunity organization. As such, the DWC is committed to equal opportunities for all persons regardless of race, creed, religion, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, HIV status, marital status, or membership in any component of the military. The DWC is committed to making reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.

This policy shall extend to all persons employed, all persons served, and all persons who volunteer in any capacity for the DWC.


Diversity Statement

The Driftless Writing Center provides a diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where all employees, volunteers, and members of the writing community feel valued and respected. We are committed to ensuring that all voices are heard, and all individuals are treated with dignity.

The DWC is committed to:

  • Creating an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all community members are recognized and supported.

  • Creating an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all.

  • Not tolerating any form of intimidation, bullying, harassment, statements of violence, or threats of violence at any time. 

  • Investigating any claims of intimidation, bullying, harassment, statements of violence, or threats of violence.

  • Encouraging anyone who feels they have been subject to discrimination to raise their concerns so we can apply corrective measures.

  • Practicing and encouraging transparent communication in all interactions.


Harassment-Free Environment

  1. It is the policy of the DWC to provide its participants a productive and pleasant environment characterized by mutual respect. Accordingly, harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.

  2. For purposes of this policy, harassment is defined as any conduct that severely interferes with an individual’s experiences with the DWC or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Harassment could be verbal (jokes, insults, unsolicited remarks, innuendos, etc.), nonverbal (gestures, staring, touching, etc.) or environmental (display or circulation of written materials or degrading pictures, etc.) 

  3. A complaint of harassment by a DWC employee, volunteer, or workshop/event participant will be reported immediately to a member of the Board of Directors and the President.


By participating in the DWC’s events and workshops, I am agreeing to uphold these values of dignity and mutual respect at DWC functions.

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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