Festivals! Writing! Learning!

Mission:  The WSRA Authors Festival Committee’s purpose is to partner with local reading councils in organizing authors festivals to promote reading and writing enrichment opportunities for Wisconsin students and build partnerships with local reading councils.

Authors Festival news

2016-2017 WSRA Sponsored Authors Festivals

Host Reading Council Location of the Event Date of the Event  Registration

Ashland Bayfield Reading Council

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618 Beaser Avenue
Ashland, WI
 April 22, 2017  no online registration .
Central WI Reading Council  Portage County Library
1001 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI
 April 29, 2017  no online registration 
Fox Valley Reading Council
Click here for the flyer.
Oaklawn Elementary School
112 Viola Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901
 October 1, 2016
Completed - Thank you for attending!

 Hidden Valley Reading Council
Click here for the flyer.

 Platteville High School
710 E. Madison Street
Platteville, WI 53818
 April 29, 2017 no online registration

Lake Superior Literacy Council

Click here for the 2017 flyer.

 Superior Middle School
3626 Hammond Avenue
Superior, WI 54880
 March 30, 2017  Online registration 

Midwest WI Reading Council

Click here for flyer for the students

Click here for the flyer for the adults

 Holmen High School 
1001 McHugh Road
Holmen, WI

 April 1, 2017

A.M. for students

PM for adults

Online registrations:

For Students and Parents

For Adults

Northwest Reading Council

Click here for the flyer for the workshop.

1900 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI
 April 29, 2017  

Headwaters Reading Council

Click here for the HRC YAW flyer.

 Tomahawk Elementary School  April 22, 2017  Online registration

Rock River Reading Council

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 Marian University
45 S. National Avenue 
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
 March 11, 2017  Completed - Thank you for attending!

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2015-2016 WSRA Sponsored Authors Festivals

  • Lake Superior Literacy Council Authors Festival
  • Midwest Reading Council Authors Festival
  • Rock River Reading Council Young Authors Workshop
  • Northwest Reading Council, St. Croix Valley Reading Council, and the Eau Claire Reading Council Young Authors' Conference
  • Headwaters Northwoods Reading Council Young Authors Conference

Highlights from the 2015-2016 Authors Festivals

  Rick Chrustowski reads from one of his books at Lake Superior’s Young Authors Festival.

Lake Superior Literacy Council sponsored a Young Authors Festival March 31, 2016 in Superior Middle School in Superior, WI featuring Rick Chrustowski.  27 students and 16 parents attended Rick’s presentation on how he got the ideas, researched, wrote and illustrated his books.  While the students learned to illustrate their stories, parents learned how to work with their young writers.  Lake Superior plans to hold another festival next year.


Tom Watson signs his book at Rock River Reading Council’s Young Writers Workshop.


Rock River Reading Council sponsored a Young Writers Workshop April 9 at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI featuring authors Tom Watson, Christina Hanrahan and Cody VanderZande.  96 students and 60 parents attended Tom Watson’s keynote where he talked about his books and how he illustrates them.  He showed his audience how he illustrates his books and encouraged them to draw his characters.  The students and parents then broke into groups to attend sessions with Tom, Christina, Cody and Rock River teachers as the authors talked about writing their books and the teachers led the students in writing activities.  Rock River plans to hold their workshop again next year.





Miranda Paul leads a session at Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council’s Authors Festival.


Midwest Reading Council: On April 23 at the Cartwright Center at UW-La Crosse, about 60 students and 65 parents met Miranda Paul and heard about her journey from writing and illustrating books as a child, to giving up writing and illustrating, to deciding that there were books she needed to write and to share, to being an author from Wisconsin with three books already published and two more on the way. Miranda Paul said that if she can be a published writer from Wisconsin, others—including people in the audience in La Crosse—can be authors too, if they are patient, determined, and attentive to the world around them. In addition to the general session with Ms. Paul, students shared their own writing in small groups or participated in a writing workshop. Adults who accompanied their children attended a session by Kate Mayer for parents who want to nurture their children as writers, readers, and learners.





Lynne Jonelle shows young writers how to draw faces showing different emotions.

Northwest Wisconsin Reading Council, St. Croix Valley Reading Council and Eau Claire Reading Council sponsored a Young Authors Conference on April 23, 2016 at the WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake, WI featuring author Lynne Jonell.  Lynne showed the young authors how she gets her ideas and builds a story giving her characters a problem to solve.  She showed them how to draw characters’ faces showing different emotions while they drew along side her.  Students also worked on an art project and shared their stories. 




 Northwoods Authors Festival

Headwaters Reading Council sponsored the final Young Authors Festival of 2015 - 2016 on Saturday, May 7 at Tomahawk Elementary School in the city of the same name.  Slightly under 40 students, teachers and parents attended this event.  The comments from both parents and young writers indicate this was a motivating and worthwhile event.  The featured authors of the festival were Miranda Paul, the award-winning author of One Plastic Bag and Water Is Water, and Chris Pertile, a fantasy fiction writer who wrote Journey To Felroria and Lost in a Dream.  During the sessions, each student wrote in a small journal donated by a local hardware store as a memento of the conference.  At the end of the event students had books signed and posed with the authors. Headwaters Reading Council is planning to have another authors festival next year.



Non-WSRA Sponsored Authors Festival