“Spring Cleaning for Your Poems”
Poetry workshop with Jan Chronister
April 21 (Sat)
10 am-2 pm
Art on the Planet, Superior

What better time than National Poetry Month to spend some time revising/reworking your poems and cleaning up drafts? Participants in this workshop will share poems with the group and engage in structured, focused critiques. This workshop is suitable for both new and published poets. Various submission opportunities and how to maximize your chances of acceptance will also be discussed. Workshop facilitator Jan Chronister has taught poetry basics as well as advanced revision techniques for many years.

Participants should bring a lunch and be prepared for a working lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Cost to Lake Superior Writers Members: $25. Cost to non-members: $35. To register, contact Chris Pascone at

Directions and parking: Art on the Planet is located at 1413 Tower Ave., Superior. There’s no street parking in front, but there is a large, free parking lot behind the shop, off of Banks Ave.

LSW Panel: “Get that Grant!”
April 24 (Tues)
6-7 pm: Meet and Greet
7-8:30 pm: Panel
Bent Paddle Taproom, Duluth

Join Lake Superior Writers in the new Bent Paddle Taproom for our third and final panel of this year’s season – Get that Grant!  You’ll learn from the experiences of four writers who have earned grant funding for their artistic projects: Gary Boelhower, Judy Budreau, Tina Higgins, and Danielle Sosin. Ashley Kolka from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will be on hand to talk about grants available to writers in our area. Bent Paddle’s taproom is located at 1832 West Michigan Street in Duluth.

The space is generously donated by Bent Paddle, so please come early and grab a beer before we start – and remember to tip your beertenders! The event is free and open to the public.

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.