Blogging 101

Written by MVWG Member, Amanda Zieba

Our Mississippi Valley Writers Guild Blog may be brand new, but I’ve been writing for my author website blog for the last three and a half years. Throughout the course of my 120+ posts I’ve committed over 80,000 words (equivalent to the length of a novel!) to the screen, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Today I want to share them with you.

If you’ve been considering starting a blog, here are a few tips, tricks and techniques to keep in mind. 

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Ten Take-Aways from UntitledTown 2019

For the past two years writers, book lovers, fangirls, academics and general literature enthusiasts have gathered in Green Bay  for a wonderful event called UntitledTown. The fact that the festival name is wordplay itself (hinting to its shared roots as the home of famed hometown of the Green Bay Packers) will tell you just how much fun this event and the crowd of people it pulls really are.

This year was no exception. Below you will find a recap of ten takeaways from two author friends, and MVWG members, who hit the road with a trunk full of books and Diet Pepsi on Friday, and emerged on Sunday cheeks sore from smiling, hearts full of friendship and minds whirring with ideas and inspiration to put into practice.

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Get Writing with Great River Writes

Looking to hone your writing skills or boost your creativity? We can help with that.

The Mississippi Valley Writers Guild is a proud member of Great River Writes, a collaboration of area arts and literary organizations in La Crosse and Winona, MN. Starting in 2017, our goal has been to pool resources to provide a variety of write-ins, guest author visits, and workshops for our community of writers.

We’ve been able to host several midwest writers through this collaboration, including Michael Perry, Blair Braverman, Wang Ping, and Dean Klinkenberg. We’ve offered workshops on plotting, poetry, memoir writing, setting, editing, archive research, and how to read out loud. We’ve even performed a staged reading!

This spring, Great River Writes is hosting two more guest authors, and both events are FREE! As part of our collaboration, we work with La Crosse Public Library and Winona Public Library to make our events as accessible as possible.

So join us! We’d love to see you.

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