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Fall Conference 2022
September 30 - October 1, 2022

** Registration for in-person attendance is open until Midnight Friday, Sept. 23.

Virtual attendees may register any time before Sept. 30.**

Barker's Island Inn and Conference Center

Gather with writers from across Wisconsin and beyond to experience the state's stunning Northland lakes, forests, history, and culture to see how they can inspire your craft. Learn from an exceptional line up of seventeen award-winning, diverse presenters and panelists in a Northern Wisconsin setting that is beyond compare for beauty and creative spirit.

Funded in part by the Morgan Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. 

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Schedule at a Glance

See Detailed Schedule Here


3:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Registration Open
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Cash Bar Open
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM - Welcome and Banquet Dinner
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM - Speaker: Carol Dunbar: 
Guided by Voice: How Listening to Your Characters Can Help You Find the Story
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM - Speaker: Michael Charette - Laughing Fox
Tales of Laughing Fox


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Registration Open
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM - Welcome
8:10 AM - 9:00 AM - Speaker: Emily Stone
Natural Connections: Building Empathy for nature Through Language and Story
9:10 AM - 10:10 AM - Keynote: Thomas Peacock
Talking Story: Place and Time in Indigenous Experience
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM - Exhibits Open
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM - Speaker Gary J Boelhower, PhD
Process Follows Purpose
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM - Panel Discussion
Tips and Tricks for Writing Across Genres
12:30 PM - 1:10 PM - Lunch 
1:10 PM -  2:00 PM - Speaker: Thomas Wayne King
Done? - Information, Inspiration & Laughs as We Explore that Pernicious Uncertainty We All Encounter 
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Exhibits Open
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM - Speaker: Naomi Musch
Catching the Wind in a Net (and Other Writing Requirements)
3:30 PM- 4:20 PM - Panel Discussion 
Partners for Success with Literary Trade Professionals
4:20 PM - 4:30 PM - Door Prizes

See Detailed Schedule Here

Covid Policy 

The pandemic continues to be a fluid situation, and at this time remains a concern for most gatherings.
Recognizing that, attendees will want to note the points below to mitigate exposure.

  • Hand sanitizers will be available for your use at all entry/exit points.
  • Masks are not required, but encouraged as an extra precaution with respect for personal choice.
  • As a crowd is expected, social distancing may be a challenge at times. However, if of concern to you, do wear a mask.
  •  If you are not vaccinated, please consider virtual attendance.
  • If exposed to COVID in the days leading up to the event, a self-test is recommended. Should you not wish to test, please opt for virtual attendance.

Book a Room and Explore the Northland

ALERTRooms at Barker's Island Inn and Hampton Inn are sold out. Please note these options in proximity of the conference where lodging may still be available: Holiday Inn Express, Superior, and Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, Superior. Attendees may also wish to explore the Air B & B option.

Barkers Island Inn Resort & Conference Center

300 Marina Drive
Superior, WI 54880



Phone: (715) 392-7152
(800) 344-7515

Book Your Barker’s Island Inn Room at a Discount:

Conference price does not include lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at the reduced rate of $199 for conferences attendees. 

To get this discount, call Barkers Island directly at 715-392-7152 and tell them you are with the WWA Fall Conference. There is a limited number of rooms at this price, and the offer expires September 1, 2022. 

Due to the conference being held at the peak of the beautiful fall colors, rooms will sell out quickly. Make your room reservations today!

Don't want to stay at the conference center? No problem! Attendees are welcome to make accommodations elsewhere. 


If you arrive early for the conference or stay late, the Twin Ports of Superior and Duluth offer many options to enhance your visit. Here are just a few options for your consideration. View websites noted for current hours, locations and more information.

Superior Chamber 

Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center

Brule River canoe trips

Fairlawn Mansion

Douglas County Historical Society

Pattison State Park and Amnicon Falls

Visit Duluth

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Vistafleet sightseeing cruises on Lake Superior

Carl Gawboy History Murals at the Superior Public Library

Glensheen Mansion tours

Black Bear Casino

Fond-du-luth Casino

Lake Superior Zoo

Become a Sponsor or Place an Ad

Interested in visibility for your company or product through a sponsorship, or by placing an ad in our program book? Click here to get all the details on how to support the Fall Conference. 

We also welcome your donation in any amount to help offset the costs of the conference and help make future events affordable for participants. You can donate directly here (Remember to choose the 2022 Fall Conference option when donating). 

Questions about sponsorships or ads? Contact Julia at hello@wiwrite.org. 

Purchase Exhibit Space

For an additional fee, individuals registered for the 2022 WWA Fall Conference will have an opportunity to sign up for a vendor space to show and sell their books. All tables are six feet in length. Participants may register for either half a table or a whole table. We ask that you carefully consider your needs before selection, as the number of tables is limited. No free standing displays will be allowed at this event. All tables will be covered with tablecloths.   

Half Table $25 
Full Table $60

Registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.

Email Julia at hello@wiwrite.org to reserve your table. 

Please note that the vendor hall takes place only on Saturday.  

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