NW Wis Writers Festival May 10

By Barb Lang

The public is invited to attend the first annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers’ Festival on Saturday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake.  This event will feature area writers giving readings, author tables, breakout sessions, an author’s reception, and keynote presentations by two well-known national authors.

This event, which is free to the public, has been organized and coordinated by Joel Friederich, UW-BC Assistant Professor of English.

The first keynote presentation is a book discussion via Skype with Ruth Ozeki, author of the novel “A Tale for the Time Being,” which is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  A keynote reading and talk by Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer is scheduled for 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The Writers’ Festival will open at 9:30 a.m. with author tables and refreshments in the Commons.  Twenty area writers will be featured until 4:30 p.m.  Authors will be available for discussion, book selling and book signings.

Featured Readers in the Commons will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Authors giving readings are Chris Messelt, Rob Bignell, Thomas Wayne King, Judith Barisonzi, Jayson Iwen, Janet Jerve, Jan Chronister, Kelly Green, James Roberts, Jim Brakken, Winifred Herberg, Debbie Trantow, Jeannie E. Robert, Peggy Trojan, Katie Mettner, David Tindell, Marla Madison, and Kathleen Weihe.

Two sets of breakout sessions, with four presentations each, will also be held.  The first session is scheduled for 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. featuring “Poetry & Art,” “Writing & Healing,” “Self-Publishing” and a roundtable on “Writing & the First Amendment.” The next breakout session will run from 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. and feature “Poetry & Music,” “Writing, Memory & Growth,” “The Business of Writing,” and  “Novels from Research to Realization.”  The day will conclude with an authors' reception with refreshments and cash bar in the UW-BC Library.

To add to the festival atmosphere of the event, Coordinator Joel Friederich noted that there will also be literary swag for sale, UW-BC students will have a writing booth called ‘The Writes’ Room’ where they will compose custom poems and stories (perfect for Mother’s Day), and food from Louie's Finer Meats will be for sale in the Commons along with baked goods, coffee, and tea.

People are invited for the whole day or to come and go as they please.  Friederich stated, “Just show up and revel in the feast of homegrown literary delights.”

For more details, visit the Festival website: http://redcedar0.wix.com/uwbcwritersfestival

The event is made possible with a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and is sponsored by Louie's Finer Meats, the Rice Lake Friends of the Library, and the UW-BC Foundation.

For more information, contact event coordinator Joel Friederich at 715-234-8176 ext. 5467 or email joel.friederich@uwc.edu.


Joel Friederich