• Grand Marais Art Colony North Shore Readers & Writers NonFest, November 4 – 11, 2021

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

November 4 – 11, 2021

The 2021 North Shore Readers & Writers NonFest is Held in Partnership with...

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.

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

Joyce Sutphen | Memory and Poetry

Sun Yung Shin | Poetry and History (Virtual Class)

Hybrid Track 

Diane Wilson | Telling True Stories: Memoir to Novel

Kathryn Savage | Elements of Creative Nonfiction and Memoir

To register for classes, click on the button below or contact us at info@grandmaraisartcolony.org 


We will be hosting a small number of author readings at Studio 21 on November 5 and 8 according to the schedule listed below. Each 30-minute reading will be ticketed separately, or a full pass for each night can be purchased for a small discount. Space will be limited. Please register for the readings in advance by clicking the button below or contact us at 218-387-2737 or info@grandmaraisartcolony.org

November 5 Reading

5:00 PM | Kathryn Savage

6:00 PM | Moheb Soliman

6:30 PM | Diane Wilson

November 8 Reading

5:00 PM | Scott Carpenter

5:30 PM | Joyce Sutphen

See What Our Full 2019 Festival Looked Like…

“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: