Free Public Events During the DRC Writers’ Conference, June 22-24

Keynote Event: Community Conversation featuring Writers’ Conference Faculty

Thursday, June 22, 6pm – 8pm at Figge Art Museum (225 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA)

Public Reception at 6pm, Keynote Event at 7pm

For this year’s keynote event, the Conference faculty (Kali White VanBaale, Keith Pilapil Lesmeister, Jesus “Chuy” Renteria, and Rebecca Wee) will start a conversation MWC will be continuing in a series of events thought the year by responding to a simple question: Why is writing important?

They will give their individual responses, to begin a conversation among themselves, and then we’ll invite attendees to join via Q & A. The event will start with a reception from 6-7pm, and the Community Conversation will start at 7pm.

Event is free and open to the public.

Conference Faculty Reading and Participant Open Mic

Friday, June 23 at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL)

Social at 6pm, Faculty Reading at 7pm, Participant Open Mic at 8pm

Join us at Rozz-Tox to hear Kali White VanBaale, Keith Pilapil Lesmeister, Jesus “Chuy” Renteria, and Rebecca Wee reading their work. Faculty reading followed by an open mic for Conference participants. Free and open to the public.

Community Book Fair
   Saturday, June 24, 10am-4pm at Gävle Hall (in the Gerber Center for Student Life,
   Augustana College, 3435 9 1/2 Ave. Rock Island, IL) – use parking lot J on the campus map:

Book fair for local/regional authors, publishers, booksellers, and more.

The Community Book Fair is free and open to the public.

The 2023 David R. Collins Writers’ Conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and grantors: Modern Woodmen of America, Founding Sponsor; Illinois Humanities; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; Augustana College; the Figge Art Museum; and Rozz-Tox.