I recently gave the commencement address at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. On a perfect spring day, 800+ graduates and 3500 family and friends…Read article
Hi, I’m Will Weaver.
I’m a writer from the upper Midwest. I’ve published novels with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, and have had two film adaptations. I lead both an outdoor and a literary life. In 2011 I was a fiction judge for the National Book Awards, but I also love snowshoeing across a silent snowy field. If you’re a reader or writer on your own path, thanks for visiting my site. You’ll find fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. If you enjoy the conversation of a literary life, take a look at my blog, “In The Write.”
P.S. Coming to Des Moines, Iowa, summer of 2019: Sweet Land: The Musical. It’s adapted from my short story, “A Gravestone Made of Wheat.” Find this story in the Sweet Land story collection below. http://www.historytheatre.com/2016-2017/sweet-land-musical
"Weaver writes with both lyrical excitement and gritty power." (San Francisco Chronicle) "Weaver's characters are rendered in the manner of Steinbeck's people... [with] compassion and values rarely found in today's literature." (Chicago Sun-Times)
My World. Real and imagined. In Writing
The post-apocalyptic future is near, and the Newell family escape to the safety of their summer cabin to survive in the new world.Read more
A collection of hand-picked stories that offer a vivid portrait of swirling, intergenerational changes in the Midwest.Read more
Two years ago, the ash started falling like gray snow. Now Miles and Sarah must adapt to a changing world.Read more
In the summer of '65, high school sophomore-to-be Paul lands a job outside his communal farm, and begins to see the real nature of adults.Read more
In the Write
If you write and like books, this blog's for you.
Question: when does too much plot overwhelm a good story? Answer: when a "twist" is needed for resolution. The plot twist is one of the…Read article
You’ve heard that line. Maybe it was a parent speaking to a child behaving badly. Maybe it was in a public place where a couple…Read article