Witkins Productions

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Jess Witkins is a writer, performer, and storyteller. She is the owner of Witkins Productions, LLC. She also works in a library.

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Here’s where you can find writing samples, events, and performances.

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Events

Storytime for Adults
Why should kids have all the fun? Join La Crosse Public Library for this adult storytime event at Turtle Stack Brewery in La Crosse, WI. Jess is a regular performer.

Currently, we’re hosting virtually. You must register to attend, and can do so through the library. Our February theme is “Forbidden Love” and occurs on February 9th.

Kids Storytime Shorts and Read Alouds

Join Jess at La Crosse County Library’s facebook page for a slew of videos featuring storytimes, read alouds, and book talks for your kids!

Writing

Jess writes for a variety of magazines and organizations including Coulee Region Women, Love WI, and Organic Valley’s blog, Rootstock. She has an essay titled “The Funeral Photographer” published in the anthology “What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye” through Gelles Cole Literary Enterprises.

SAMPLE WORK

Coulee Parenting Connection
When Motherhood Ends Too Soon

Coulee Region Women’s Magazine
Let’s Show Some Support (pg. 44, humor)
Most Jura-chic Couple (pg. 50-51, travel)

The Wedding Magazine
Get Your Body Wedding Ready; Secrets to a Successful Marriage (pg. 41, 43)

Rootstock (Organic Valley’s blog)
School Gardens: Growing More Than Just Fruits and Veggies

Profile Stories with Love WI
Dawn Wacek
Heather Walder

POETRY

Sunstone published with Ariel Chart International Literary Journal
We Look for a Ditch published with The Rising Phoenix Review

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Voiceover

Jess is a storyteller and voiceover actor. She has worked with the Minneapolis School of Acting and Voiceover and provided commercials for Midwest Family Broadcasting’s clients.

Current Project: Dark La Crosse Podcast Stories for La Crosse Public Library Archives Department

Listen to the podcasts featuring Jess:
Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 21: Death of woman of the night was murder most foul

Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 24: 1859 scuffle over property rights turned deadly

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Writing Groups

Are you in the Coulee Region? Jess is president of the nonprofit writers community, Mississippi Valley Writers Guild, which has four critique groups and hosts numerous readings and author events. Consider joining! Or follow us on Facebook for writing prompts, submission calls, and writing related news!

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In the past, Jess worked as digital media manager for an arts and culture magazine. She’s been an improv actor and emcee. She was the lead director and producer for the La Crosse productions of the national storytelling series, Listen To Your Mother. You can watch her story, “Let’s Talk About My Mommy Issues,” from the 2016 show.

performance collage

Photo credits include: Chuck Charbeneau, Tim Gongaware, and Matt Monsoor

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