North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

November 4 – 11, 2021

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is a biennial event that locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.

This event is hosted in partnership with Drury Lane Bookstore and the Grand Marais Public Library.

In 2021 the Festival will become a Fantastic NonFest! Meaning, while we are not planning programming for large, in-person gatherings just yet, we have crafted two educational tracks for writers of all levels to learn from seasoned, published Minnesota authors. We anticipate hosting classes in person.


Classes are 2 – 4 days in length and follow either a poetry or a hybrid track. Participants can opt to follow one of the two specific tracks or select from either track to build out their NonFest experience.

Poetry Track

James Cihlar | A Poem’s Progress: Ways to Get from One Line to the Next

Joyce Sutphen | Memory and Poetry

Sun Yung Shin | Poetry and History

Hybrid Track 

Diane Wilson | Telling True Stories: Memoir to Novel

Kathryn Savage | Elements of Creative Nonfiction and Memoir

Scott Carpenter | Fiction and Self in Short

To register for classes, click on the button below or contact us at 


Author readings and larger in-person gatherings are currently on hold. We anticipate hosting a small number of virtual or in person author readings. More details forthcoming.

“It was an incredible experience. We met so many warm, down-to-earth people. The 2021 festival is already on our calendar.”

2019 Festival Attendee

“The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is one of my favorite events in our area. It’s stimulating, fun, challenging and educational. My goodness—what avid reader or writer could pass that up?”

2019 Festival Attendee

Presenting Authors at the 2019 Festival:

Michael Bazzett
Beth Dooley
Julie L’Enfant
Leif Enger
Allen Eskens
Sally Franson

Shannon Gibney
Matt Goldman
Nicole Helget
Geoff Herbach
Lorna Landvik
Mary Moore Easter

David Mura
Sheila O’Connor
Matt Rasmussen
Marcie Rendon
Julie Schumacher
Faith Sullivan

Presenting Book Professionals:

Ann Regan, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Chris Fischbach, Coffee House Press
Emily Hamilton, University of Minnesota Press
Rachel Moeller, University of Minnesota Press
Nayt Rundquist, New Rivers Press
Eric Lorberer, Rain Taxi
Katie Dublinski, Graywolf

Local North Shore Presenters:

Hazel Belvo
Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Joan Crosby
Joan Drury
Lin Salisbury
Felicia Schneiderhan
Marie Zhuikov
Eric Chandler

2019 Event Sponsors: