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 2017 writers include poet Denise Lajimodiere, author of “Dragonfly Dance,” a collection of poems written from the point of view of an American Indian woman; Alan Davis, author of the collection of stories “So Bravely Vegetative,” a winner of Prize Americana for Fiction; and Michelle Leon, author of “I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland” about her rock 'n' roll lifestyle in a punk/alternative band that started in Minneapolis. The event will be Oct. 4-6, 2017.