The festival is a three-day event. Writers meet with students and faculty. They visit classes Wednesday afternoon and give a public reading in the evening. The writers visit morning and afternoon classes Thursday and then conduct master classes in their genres in the evening. Friday morning, the writers visit classes and participate in a student-moderated panel discussion.
We try to make the event a student-centered one: Students eat lunches and dinners with the writers, introduce the writers at the reading, participate in the master classes, and moderate the panel discussion.
The 2016 writers include Peter C. Brown, author of “The Fugitive Wife,” a fictional tale of gold-prospecting Alaska in 1900; Debra Marquart, author of the poetry collection “Small Buried Things” among others and has received numerous awards; and Catherine Watson, founding travel editor for the Star Tribune and its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978-2004. The event will be held Oct. 12-14, 2016.