Hobnob with the Literati of northern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota!

Lake Superior Writers invites you to our annual Literary Celebration & 2017 Writing Contest Reading

Sunday, May 21 3-5 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 W. College St. Duluth

The gathering will include:

A KEYNOTE by LSW member Mark Munger, author of 7 novels including his latest Boomtown, a courtroom drama set in Ely. Mark is a District Court Judge in northeastern Minnesota.
READINGS by winners of the 2017 LSW Writing Contest – Rivers: Mapped and Unmapped.

The event is free for LSW members and their guests (but donations gratefully accepted). We’ll have a membership table in case you want to renew or join LSW.

Please RSVP by May 18 to


“The First 50 Pages”
Instructor: Felicia Schneiderhan
Six Thursdays beginning March 30 and ending May
6-8:30pm at LSW office, 301 W 1st St., Suite 310, Board of Trade Building

Felicia Schneiderhan

Even those of us who write every day may not have written what’s really in our dreams: a full-length manuscript. Whether it’s a work of fiction, or a memoir, or some other work you envision, this class will help you write the first 50 pages! Everyone will write 10 pages for each class (except the first class) and we’ll share and review our progress each week. Sometimes all it takes is a schedule and a weekly deadline to get the all-important start on your work. Join Felicia Schneiderhan on Thursdays March 30-May 4, 6-8:30 pm at the LSW offices. Cost is $90 for LSW members and $115 for non-members who become members upon taking the class.

Felicia Schneiderhan is an award-winning author based in Duluth. In 2015, she published the memoir Newlyweds Afloat, detailing more than two years that she and her husband Mark lived aboard a trawler in Chicago. One partial scholarship for the class is available; go to for complete information. To register, contact Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363 or


Previous 2016 LSW Events

Oct 29 (Sat) 2-4:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street, Duluth
FREE and open to the public; refreshments served


Lucie Amundsen (Locally Laid, Penguin)
Julie Gard (Home Studies, New Rivers Press)
Alice Marks (Missing, Self-Published)
Felicia Schneiderhan (Newlyweds Afloat, Breakaway Books)

Four area writers who have successfully published their first books will share their works at a reading and discussion 2 pm, October 29 at the UU church in Duluth. They’ll highlight their artistic journeys and paths to getting published.

Lucie Amundson

Lucie Amundson

Lucie B. Amundsen is a writer, marketer and reluctant farmer. She and her husband co-own Locally Laid Egg Company, a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs in Northern Minnesota and partners with a total of eight other mid-level producers to source and sell in their own regions to reduce food miles and strengthen local economies. A former contributor to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and former editor at Reader’s Digest Association, Lucie has written for scores of publications in her decade-plus freelance career.

Julie Gard

Julie Gard

Julie Gard’s prose poetry collection Home Studies (New Rivers Press) is a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award, and her chapbooks include Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Julie’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Fourth River, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, and Blackbox Manifold, among other journals and anthologies. She is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Alice Marks

Alice Marks

Alice Marks is a retired teacher at a nonprofit preschool. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in education and did her post-graduate work at the College of St. Catherine. Alice is presently enjoying a second career as a writer. Alice has had poetry and short stories published in several anthologies, including Read for the Animals, Too (Erika Szabo), Masters of Time (Elesha Escobar) and in two volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Felicia Schneiderhan

Felicia Schneiderhan

Felicia Schneiderhan publishes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals. She has written for the Chicago Sun-Times and is a frequent contributor to Lake Superior Magazine. Her first book, the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler details the first years of marriage when she and her husband Mark lived on a boat downtown Chicago.

Following a reading, each writer will share her journey from writing to successfully publishing a book. Light refreshments will be served at the event, which will celebrate the literary artistry of these writers’ books as well as recognize the arduous and sometimes circuitous journey from writing to publishing.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of  Minnesota through a grant to Lake Superior Writers  from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.


Previous 2016 LSW Events

Afternoon workshop
Oct 15 – 2-4:30 pm
Suite 303, Board of Trade Building, downtown Duluth

The Bard didn’t just sit down, dip his quill and turn out great plays and sonnets in an evening. Even William Shakespeare knew a bit about revising, editing, moving things around, and agonizing over every word and phrase. LSW member and writing instructor Alice Marks offers you an afternoon peppered with tidbits about Will and his writing that could help you on your writing journey, no matter what type of writing you do!

The cost is $25 for LSW members and $55 for non-members, who will become members upon registration. One partial scholarship for the class is available; click here for guidelines and instructions on how to apply.

To register or learn more, contact Marty Sozansky at or 218-341-4363.

Have you RSVP’d?
Don’t miss our annual celebration of you, our members!

Sunday May 22, 5-7 pm
LSW ANNUAL MEMBER GATHERING and “Going Coastal” Contest Reading
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Anthony Bukoski, author of North of the Port
Hors d’oeurves & cash bar

We’re pleased to announce that Anthony Bukoski, whom The New York Times Book Review calls “a sure-handed, lyrical writer” will speak about his long career as a short-story writer. Bukoski has published five short-story collections set among the immigrant communities of Superior, Wisconsin: Twelve Below Zero, Children of Strangers, Polonaise, Time Between Trains, and North of the Port. He is currently revising a manuscript of stories called The Blondes of Wisconsin. His essays and stories have been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and his story “Time Between Trains” on National Public Radio. He has won awards from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and elsewhere.

FREE to current LSW members! Meet your writerly friends and make new ones, and hear winners of our “Going Coastal” writing contest read selections from their short story entries.  Mark your calendar, and please watch your mailbox for your invitation postcard! If you think your membership has lapsed and you’d like to renew and attend, please contact us at We will also take membership payments at the event on May 22.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!
April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
FEATURED POETS: Gary Boelhower, Sharon Chmielarz, Julie Gard, Jim Johnson, Ellie Schoenfeld, Francine Sterle and Barton Sutter
Featured authors will sign copies of their books

Join us for a great evening of poetry, featuring seven of our region’s most acclaimed poets. Poetry Night will include a discussion about poetry in the Northland, an open mic…and shopping! (A portion of sales, including food and beverage purchases, will benefit Lake Superior Writers.) Learn from our panel of featured poets who will discuss their work, offer tips about where to submit your poetry as well as discuss how to develop a poetry collection. The evening will end with an open mic where you can share your poetry or a poem you love. Bring your friends and family!

Can’t make it to the event? Any purchases you make at on April 28 will benefit LSW if you use the code 11841822 at check out.

Jim JohnsonLSW Poetry Workshop
Instructor: JIM JOHNSON
Sat, April 9
2-4:30 pm

Write a poem (or two) with Duluth Poet Laureate Jim Johnson at a special Lake Superior Writers Poetry Month Workshop Saturday, April 9, 2-4:30 pm. Jim will share his ideas on the writing process, share some poems, and lead you as you write your own poem(s) in the workshop. Jim has published eight books.  “The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota” won a Northeast Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. The workshop will be held at LSW’s new downtown digs—Suite 308, Board of Trade Building, 301 West 1st Street. Cost: $20/members; $55/non-members, which includes a one-year membership. To sign up (and you must, soon, as space is limited), call Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363, or email



Instructor: Felicia Schneiderhan
Thursdays: Jan. 14, 21,
28 & Feb. 4, 11, 18, 2016
6-8 pm
Marshall Prof. Building, Duluth 

Tuition $90 (LSW members); $115 (all others)

Memoir is one of the most popular forms of writing today. In this six-week workshop, participants will study a variety of memoirs and learn traditional and experimental forms for writing their own. In-class activities will teach techniques for developing scenes, incorporating research, heightening overall structure and movement, and exploring the variety of writing forms available to the memoirist. If you are an experienced memoirist or just getting started, this active workshop will give you tools to best tell your story.

Felicia Schneiderhan is an award-winning author based in Duluth. In 2015, she published the memoir Newlyweds Afloat, detailing more than two years that she and her husband Mark lived aboard a trawler in Chicago.

To register:  Please contact Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363 or email Tuition fees will be collected on Jan. 14, the first night of class.