Rooted in Family

The second Washington Island Literary Festival welcomes participants for programs and activities that begin with a Writer’s Workshop Welcome on Oct. 2. Events continue through Oct. 5.

The cost per person for the weekend of literary events is $75, and in addition there are three writing workshops offered Oct. 3, in advance of the main events. Each workshop session is $40 per person. All registrations can be made through the Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) website (or by mail to TPAC, PO Box 36, Washington Island, WI, 54246) or with Kathleen at Island Time Books. Festival registration increases to $90 after Sept. 15.

This year’s invited authors and poets, and their books, poems and stories, reflect a decidedly Midwestern perspective, centering around “Rooted in the Heartland: Themes of Family.” Among the featured authors are Larry Watson, Nickolas Butler, Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen, Susan Gloss, Marnie Mamminga, Adam Schrager, Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate Max Garland, plus Island writers Elizabeth Evans Sachs, Mari Anderson and Fritz Damler.

Garland will lead a poetry workshop at the TPAC on Oct. 3, followed by two workshops at the Washington Hotel, led by Michelle Wildgen and Susanna Daniel, and a third with Susan Gloss.

Venues vary from the Island Farm Museum’s barn for registration and the opening reception Friday evening, to the Red Barn for Sunday’s afternoon Story Telling. Main program events will be held at the TPAC on Main Road, Washington Island. For more information or to register visit