Bergen writes, “Multiple free events each year are planned to bring together local writers who might range in skills and experience through early December in Winona and the La Crosse area.” The event is meant to bring writers together to discuss their craft and share their work.

The River Arts Alliance board chairperson Vicki Englich discusses the connection of Minnesota to the arts -specifically writing- and emphasizes the importance of the event to the community. Samantha TerBeest Berhow, who works at the Winona Public Library, also speaks to the importance of the literary arts to the region and points to the plethora of writers working in Winona, and sees the Great River Writes series as a way for writers to advance in their craft. She is reported by Mergen as saying, “These workshops are designed to help them become a better writer.”

The events are open to writers just getting started all the way to experienced practitioners of the art form, and corresponds with November’s National Novel Writing Month.

Schedule of Events

Saturday November 9th: NaNoWriMo Creative Writing and Local Author Fair – Winona Public Library 10am-12pm 

Friday November 15th: Mark My Words Reception -Pump House Art Center, La Crosse, WI     5pm-7pm    

Sat November 16th: Writer Frank Bures Jr. How To Write About Weird Stuff and Make a Living at It      -Winona Public Library      11am-1pm

Sat November 23rd: Chris Norbury Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Novel … but Were Afraid to Ask      Winona Public Library      10am

Fri December 6th: Closing Reception   -Pump House     5:30pm                                      


The River Arts Alliance helps support and promote many local arts-related opportunities in Winona and the surrounding region, including those in the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, film and literary arts. To help support River Arts Alliance and the opportunities they help with in the region, become a member or donate at

Read the full Winona Daily News article here