LSW Annual Contest Reading & Member Celebration
May 19 (Sat), 3-5 pm
Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Barker’s Island, Superior

Join us for a reading by our 2018 contest winners, featuring Newberry Award-winning author Margi Preus as our keynote speaker. Enjoy refreshments, connect with writers, and be inspired. This event is free for our current members and their guests; $35 for anyone who would like to come (admission includes one year’s membership in LSW).

William Kent Krueger Workshop
“Narrative and Plot: The Heart and Bones of a Story”
May 24 (Thur) 2-4 pm
Northland Country Club, Duluth

William Kent Krueger, award-winning Minnesota writer of the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, will lead a Lake Superior Writers workshop, “Narrative and Plot: The Heart and Bones of a Story,” from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Northland Country Club, 3901 East Superior Street, Duluth.

Krueger is the featured speaker for the thirtieth annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) the evening of May 24, also at Northland Country Club (see Literary events in our region below). In the workshop, Krueger will speak with participants about elements that create a compelling plot—the skeleton of a story—and then about the story’s narrative elements, which give the story its emotion and humanity. Participants should bring paper and pen for two brief writing exercises during the workshop.

Cost for the workshop is $25 for LSW members and $35 for non-members, which includes membership in Lake Superior Writers. To register, please email Marty Sozansky The workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Crafting the Prose Poem
Workshop with Julie Gard
June 16 (Sat) 2018, 1-4 pm
LSW Office, downtown Duluth

Julie Gard

Writers working in any genre can benefit from learning how to “go short” and create resonance and meaning in a paragraph or two that is its own coherent piece. Participants will work with elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction during a series of writing exercises, with time for sharing and feedback. Participants will leave the workshop with prose poem drafts or seeds, along with a list of reading suggestions and ideas for where to submit their own flash work.

Julie Gard is an associate professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Her prose poetry collections include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson (Ravenna Press); Home Studies (New Rivers Press), which was a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award; and the chapbooks Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Find her online at

The workshop will take place at the LSW Office, located in the Sister Cities Office, 301 West First St., #308, Duluth. (Located in the Board of Trade building downtown, across from the YMCA.) Parking is available on the street or in area parking garages.

Cost is $25 for Lake Superior Writers members or $35 for nonmembers (includes LSW membership). Scholarships are available; please visit LSW’s scholarship guidelines for more information. To register, email Marie Zhuikov at The workshop is limited to 12 people.