Lake Superior Writers was an outgrowth of the Depot Outreach Program of the mid-1990s. When Depot Outreach lost its funding, area writers worked together and filed to become Lake Superior Writers in 1998. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Lake Superior Writers has approximately 200 members throughout northeastern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, the Twin Cities and Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. Members range from professional writers to individuals who are new to creative writing.

New look, new energy – In 2017-2018, we worked on building our board, rebranding, improving our social media presence, and launching some new initiatives to expand our outreach to the writing community.

2017-2018 LSW Program Highlights:

  • Three free Panel Discussions focused on getting published in literary journals, writing for money, and grants for writers.
  • Jan Chronister taught two Poetry Workshops.
  • A new monthly LSW Podcast features interviews with authors (find it at lakesuperiorwriters.org).
  • The annual LSW Writing Contest will culminate in a reading by contest winners on May 19 at 3 p.m., with Newberry Award-winning author Margi Preus as our speaker.
  • A Fiction Writing Workshop by William Kent Krueger on May 24.

 Ongoing LSW activities include:

  • Our Writers Café is held every second Saturday at Perk Place, Duluth, 9-11 a.m.
  • LSW’s monthly online newsletter NorthWords offers news about regional literary happenings, including publications, readings, contests, and opportunities.
  • Monthly Open Groups include a Memoir Writing Group, Writers Square Table, and the Third Wednesday Writing Group.
  • Sponsorships of the St. Louis County Jail poetry workshops, Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, and the Duluth Poet Laureate Program.

Membership Benefits

Benefits include free or reduced prices for our workshops, attendance at monthly open writing groups, subscription and free listings in our online newsletter,  and an invitation to LSW’s annual meeting and contest reading. The newsletter includes information about upcoming events such as workshops, conferences, contests, readings and publication launches, news about our members, information about our writing groups, and opportunities for submitting new work.

Memberships start at $35/year.


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  1. Hello!

    I teach English at Central Lakes College, and I am about to begin my seventh year of directing Verse Like Water: the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College.

    So far, the series has hosted 20 of America’s greatest poets, including six U.S. Poet Laureates, and a number of writers with Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards.

    Can you help me apprise your members of events this fall? My most recent Minnesota State Arts Board grant will enable me to host Mary Szybist and Peter Balakian this fall, but everything kicks off with Billy Collins. I will be introducing him at 7:00 p.m. in the Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd; a book signing and meet and greet will follow, and tickets will be available after July 9th at http://www.clcmn.edu/vlw

    In poetry, Jeff

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