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Free Webinar with Writing Guru Dan Blank

If you attended last year’s Writers’ Institute you were introduced to writing guru Dan Blank at our Friday Keynote Address. Dan offers practical, no-nonsense facts and advice regarding the craft of writing. Dan has generously agreed to conduct a free webinar for our 2016 and 2017 Writers’ Institute attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to be […]

Writers’ Institute Authors’ Smiles

Last Saturday, we held our pre-conference Author Slam. Here’s some lovely smiles from our talented authors. In the photo above, from left to right; Doug Moe, Shannon Henry Kleiber, Matt Forbeck and Carlo Kennedy. From left to right; Shannon Henry Kleiber, Barbara Britton, Valerie Biel, and Coleman. From left to right; Christine DeSmet, Doug Moe […]

Author Slam – A Grand Time Was Had By All

This past Saturday we held an Author Slam featuring some of our authors from this year’s Writers’ Institute. Writer and columnist Doug Moe lead the conversations for all of our gifted authors and the result was inspiring and uplifting for all. You’ll have the opportunity to meet these authors at the conference, and some of […]

No Fear of Success: Marketing and Selling Your Work

Join me this Saturday, February 25th for a pre-conference workshop entitled NO FEAR OF SUCCESS: MARKETING AND SELLING YOUR WORK. Whether you are a writer seeking representation, publishers, or looking to self-publish, prepare the right pitches for this year’s Writers’ Institute (March 24-26, 2017). Learn about the formatting and preparation of effective loglines, synopses, treatments, […]

Author Slam at Mystery to Me Bookstore

Mystery to Me Author Slam Presenting Authors from this year’s Writers’ Institute     Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mystery to Me Bookstore 1863 Monroe Street, Madison, WI   Authors include: Valerie Biel (Circle of Nine Young Adult Series), Barbara M. Britton (Providence: Hannah’s Journey), Bek Castro (Flowerantha), Coleman (Spoke), Christine DeSmet […]

Books That Define Your Life

I’ve just received a question asking why we are asking you, our attendees of this year’s Writers’ Institute, to include a list of the books that have defined your life. I’d like to share my answer with you here – Each year we receive feedback from our attendees that as writers they sometimes and usually […]

Two Agents and an Editor

As you make your decisions regarding all of the opportunities available for you during our annual conference, I want to remind you of two agents and an editor that will be present at this year’s conference. Paul Levine. Paul Levine has just sold a manuscript from a pitch he heard at last year’s Writers’ Institute. […]

The Early Bird Deadline is TOMORROW, February 14th

We’d love to have you join us for this year’s Writers’ Institute – and we’d love to have you register before the Early Bird rates end. Save $50 by registering by midnight, February 14th, 2017 – that’s tomorrow. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and register for the Midwest’s Premier writing conference – we look forward to seeing […]

Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

There’s this wonderful new theory about spending money on experiences, not things. We think a weekend spent at our Writers’ Institute provides just that – an experience that transforms your life. Last year, writer Amanda Zieba attended the 27th annual Writers’ Institute and a few days later posted this thoughtful and insightful blog about her […]