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Chippewa Valley’s strong, supportive literary community draws one young writer back

"On a Sunday afternoon in July 2017, I drove down a spindly driveway away from one of the most special weekends of my life and toward what I believed then to be a new phase of my young adulthood. I had spent the previous four days at Cirenaica, a writing residency in the woods of Fall Creek put on by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. The residency, lead by fiction author Nickolas Butler and comprised of 10 writers, was a lesson in the strength of community and the power of words."

In winter 2018, Katy Hackworthy graduated from UWEC with a Creative Writing major. She attended a retreat put on by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, and the next day moved to Phoenix. In a recent article in Volume One, Katy discusses her experiences at the retreats she attended and how they ultimately helped her solidify her decision to return home to Wisconsin and the Eau Claire area.

Read the full article here in Volume One.