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A photo of instructor Kelly Dwyer with her recent book

Instructor Kelly Dwyer will guide you through writing a plot outline, a character arc, and the main elements of your novel.

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The woman stands in a yellow sundress and sandals, snow circling her blue ankles. It’s January in Milwaukee, and she’s out on the street half-naked.

Photo of Lucy Sanna and her most recent book

Whether you have a hot idea for a novel, a work-in-progress, or a completed draft to polish and refine, this workshop with novelist Lucy Sanna will give you the skills needed to bring your novel to life.

Photo of author Chris Fink and his new book

“Who’s native and who’s been introduced?” asks a character in Chris Fink’s story, “The Bush Robin Sings.” The question in many ways fits tidily into the other stories within his new collection, Add Thi

Photo of Jack Harris

Jack Harris reads his award-winning story, “Aeshnidae,” from the 2018 Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

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Michael Hopkins reads his award-winning work, “Mirror Box,” from the 2019 Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction contest.

Ann Zindler reads from her award-winning story, "The Rescue," from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

Photo of Steve Fox

Steve Fox reads "Exile," his first-place winning work from the 2019 Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction contest.

Photo of Allison Slavick

Allison Slavick shares a reading of her award-winning fiction. Allison is a two-time first-place winner of the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

Photo of Jill Stukenberg

Join us as Jill Stukenberg reads her award-winning story from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

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