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Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

2017 WASHINGTON ISLAND LITERARY FESTIVAL: Exploring Frontiers, Real and Imagined

Write On, Door County is proud to be a partner of the Washington Island Literary Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival is THE small conference for those who love to read and those who want to write. The theme for this year’s festival is “Exploring Frontiers, Real and Imagined.” We have assembled a diverse and stellar group of authors who explore very real as well as imagined frontiers in their writing.

Saturday is a reader’s dream as writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry share insight into their books and their writing process. Presenting that day are Rachel DeWoskin, author of young adult novels, including Blind, a sensitive portrayal of young adults with disabilities; Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, which has been hailed as a “landmark work of science, history, and reporting;” Amy Hasinger, whose novel After the Dam focuses on environmental issues and Native American land rights; Karla Huston, whose work as the 2017-2019 Wisconsin Poet Laureate includes working with people who suffer memory loss through poetry and storytelling; David Stuart MacLean, author of The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia, which describes his nightmarish reaction to a prescription drug; and Kao Kalia Yang, whose two memoirs chronicle her family’s experiences in war-torn Laos, in refugee camps in Thailand, and as immigrants in Minnesota.

Aspiring writers who want to learn from these authors have the opportunity to do so in intimate craft workshops on Friday; an additional registration fee applies. For more information and to register for the Washington Island Literary Festival, please visit www.washingtonislandliteraryfestival.com.



10:30 – 12:30

Formalism:  Poetry with the Net Up with James McCormick

Reading Poetry for Pleasure; Reading like a Writer with Karla Huston

2:30 – 4:30

The How of Where:  Writing Place with Amy Hassinger

Memoir While Falling Down Stairs with David Stuart McLean

The Present Tense Drama of Young Adult Writing with Rachel DeWoskin

Poetry in Prose with Kao Kalia Yang

6:00 – 8:00 Opening Reception and Registration


9:00-9:15 Welcome and Announcements

9:15-10:30 Panel Discussion with Festival Authors

10:45-11:30 Rachel DeWoskin, author of Blind

11:30-12:15 David Stuart McLean, author of The Answer to the Riddle is Me

2:00-2:45 Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

2:45-3:30 Amy Hassinger, author of After the Dam

3:45 – 4:30 Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

7:00 – 8:00 Dinner Buffet

8:00 Readings by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle, and the presentation of the Norbert Blei Award


Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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Trueblood Performing Arts Center
870 Main Road
Washington Island, WI 54246
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