Registration now open for the 2021 Luther College Writers Festival

July 26, 2021

Registration is now open for the sixth biennial Luther College Writers Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. Celebrating the rich diversity of contemporary imaginative writers, participants will enjoy in-person keynote addresses, craft sessions, featured readings and panels all led by well-known writers. 

"My co-director Keith Lesmeister and I are thrilled to be hosting this festival, since we had to cancel our 2020 plans due to COVID," said Amy Weldon, co-director of the festival. "But COVID didn't stop those seeds from growing and blossoming now. Perhaps I'm most excited about the way our speakers bring expertise as both writers and industry professionals. Every single author on our roster is someone whose work inspires and delights, and someone who speaks thoughtfully to the challenges and joys of finding a community of readers."

Christine Pride and Maisy Card kick off the weekend in an opening session on Friday. The pair will share their experiences of working together as editor and author on Card's debut novel "These Ghosts are Family" and Pride will be discussing her own novel "We Are Not Like Them."

The keynote address will be presented by Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

            Other authors taking part in the festival include Andre Perry, Jennifer Acker, Jennifer Colville, Kelly Daniels, Kerri Arsenault, LaTanya McQueen, Lyz Lenz, Nickolas Butler, Peter Geye and Sejal Shah, as well as Luther faculty members and alumni and Decorah community members, including Kristine Jepsen, Margaret Yapp "˜15 and David Faldet "˜79.

            To view the schedule and register for this event, visit

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