Monday, Sep 25th 6:30 - 8:00pm:  Des Moines Writers’ Workshop to Host Writers’ Panel.   FREE event!

The Des Moines Writers’ Workshop (DMWW) will host a writers’ panel at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 25 at Artisan Gallery 218 featuring six authors at different stages in their careers. The panelists will talk about how and why they joined the Writers’ Workshop and, specifically, how this literary community has helped them improve their craft and connect with other writers. This free program is open to the public and will be of interest to anyone who loves to read as well as anyone wishing to learn more about writing.  Following the presentation, enjoy a reception courtesy of the Des Moines Writers’ Workshop.

The authors will read from both published books and works in progress. Panel members will include: Beth Burgmeyer, Matt Snyder, Rachel Eliason, Francis Sparks, Michael Witt, and Kay Fenton Smith.

  • Beth Burgmeyer is a founding member of the Des Moines Writers' Workshop who writes women's fiction and upmarket fiction.
  • R. J. Eliason writes immersive science fiction and fantasy stories that feature diverse characters. Her writing spans many sub-genres from alien contact, apocalyptic stories and epic fantasy.
  • Kay Fenton Smith is a veteran workshop member who writes both fiction and nonfiction for young adults.
  • Iowa native Mathew Snyder writes thrillers and speculative fiction, and recently completed a spy novel. He writes at night, watches James Bond, reads Alan Furst, and remembers his dreams.
  • Francis Sparks has been with the DMWW for two years. He writes mystery/thrillers, fantasy, and creative nonfiction for adults.
  • Michael Witt joined the workshop in March 2017, and writes literary fiction.

Find out what the DMWW can do to help you on your own writing journey. Learn about upcoming workshops, critique groups, and the group’s annual fall retreat.   Meet other members of the group, have your books signed, and learn more about DMWW membership. Learn more at:

Monday, Oct 23rd 6:30 - 8:30:  Meet the Author - Jerry Harrington

On December 12, 1934, police raided a canning factory in Cedar Rapids, uncovering an illegal liquor and gambling set-up. Verne Marshall, the tempestuous editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, sensed a bigger story and a wider network of corruption. His aggressive investigative reporting led to multiple resignations, nearly fifty indictments and the dramatic trial of the state’s attorney general. These explosive exposés earned Verne Marshall and the paper the 1936 Pulitzer Prize.

Author Jerry Harrington traces the legacy of Marshall’s incendiary crusade across Iowa’s political landscape. Victoria Herring, granddaughter of Governor Clyde Herring, will join in the discussion. Beaverdale Books will have copies of the book available for sale and signing.




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