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Weeklong workshops begin Sunday evening with a light dinner, orientation, and the first class meeting. For the rest of the week, workshops meet each afternoon, Monday through Friday, from 2:00-5:00. Mornings are reserved for The Eleventh Hour Series, and for writing, revising, and annotating manuscripts in preparation for your workshop. Your conference with your instructor may be scheduled in this time, too.

Sunday Evening

6:30–7:30 p.m.  Registration and light dinner

7:30 p.m.  Large-group orientation and welcome

8:00 p.m.  First class meeting


7:30–11:00 a.m.  Coffee and conversation downtown. Time to write, read, critique manuscripts

11:00 a.m.  The Eleventh Hour Series. Presentations on topics of interest to writers

2:00–5:00 p.m.  Individual groups in workshop session


Weeklong sessions include the following events:


5:30 p.m.  Festival reception at Prairie Lights Books


7:00 p.m.  Open Mike: readings by participants


6:00 p.m.  All-Festival dinner




8:30–9:30 a.m.  Registration and light breakfast

9:30 a.m.  Large-group orientation and welcome

10:00 a.m.  Meet in individual workshops

Noon–2:00 p.m.  Lunch on your own; read, write, critique manuscripts

2:00–4:00 p.m.  Meet in individual workshops

Break for dinner on your own

7:00 p.m.  Open Mike: Readings by participants



9:00-11:00 a.m.  Meet in individual workshops

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  Lunch on your own; read, write, critique manuscripts

1:00–3:00 p.m.  Meet in individual workshops


Note: It is possible to take a weeklong and weekend workshop in succession, and participants routinely do so. They do not overlap.