Book & Writers’ Festival


Calling all closeted novelists! You’re invited to attend the library’s first festival for authors and writers.

Attend writing workshops taught by UW-Platteville professors, learn from local authors, and meet fellow writers from the SW Wisconsin area.

No registration required. Workshop schedule is subject to change.


Time Session Presenter(s) Description
1:00 – 1:15 Welcome
1:15 – 2:15 Paths to Publication David Krugler, Bill Yazbec, Kathy Jacobson, Joe Potosi Which publishing method is right for you? Learn about the benefits of both traditional and self-publishing.
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:00 Story Structure Using the Hero’s Journey Karen Pluemer What is the Hero’s Journey, and how can it make your plot stronger? Using her experience as a novelist, screenwriter, and UW-P English instructor, Karen will break down how to strengthen your narrative.
3:00 – 3:30 Historical Fact vs Historical Fiction David Krugler How can you use historical details to strengthen, not detract, from your story? Learn how from David Krugler, a UW-P history professor who recently published a historical thriller set in the 1940s.
3:30 – 4:00 Worldbuilding Tom Pitcher How can you make your fictional world feel believable? Learn how language, history, and geography can help flesh out your setting. Tom teaches composition at UW-P and has fantasy worldbuilding experience.
4:00 – 5:00 Open Mic + Author Readings Chat with fellow attendees and listen to our panelists read excerpts from their works. Do you have a favorite poem or your own piece of writing? Bring something to share!