Winter Writers Series Begins Tomorrow

Staff photo by Marisa Wojcik Local author Karen Loeb, right, leads an adult fiction writing workshop Monday at the Volume One Gallery. The workshop is one of many events that are part of the upcoming Chippewa Valley Book Festival.

Photo by Marisa Wojcik of
author Karen Loeb leading a workshop

Since 2011 Shake Rag Alley has partnered with the Council for Wisconsin Writers (CWW), Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission through the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters to offer week-long residencies to their annual writing contest winners. During their stay, the writers participate in workshops, readings and community outreach activities.

Photo by Ben Russell

Photo by Ben Russell

The series will kick off on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 with the 2016 winner of the Wisconsin People and Ideas poetry contest, Karen Loeb. When asked to describe what we can expect, Karen wrote, ‘My presentation will be a craft talk, where I’ll read some poetry and fiction and talk about how I make decisions about which genre to write in. I will also welcome questions from people in the audience.’ Samples of her work, including her award winning poem “In the Science Museum,” can be found at

This event takes place at 7pm at Shake Rag Alley’s Lind Pavilion, located at 411 Commerce St. Participation is free and no registration is required.

Don’t miss upcoming events in the 2017 series:

John Gurda, March 8th
Ronnie Hess, March 15th
Allison Slavick, March 29th

For more information on the Winter Writer’s Series, visit our website.

Contributed by Megan Kulick, Executive Director at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

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