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 […]

Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Advanced Manuscript Critique

ATTENDING THIS YEAR’S WRITERS’ INSTITUTE? BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR AN ADVANCED MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE Advanced Manuscript Critiques are an excellent way to receive feedback from one of our expert speakers and work with them on a one-on-one basis during the conference. The process is easy – Select one of our instructors – Christine DeSmet (Fiction) […]

The Culture of Mushing – More From Blair Braverman

We are in the middle of Winter and what better time to learn more about dog sledding and enjoy these amazing photographs of the sport. Here’s a post from our Keynote Speaker Blair Braverman from VQR Online; If you are interested in writing about the outdoors and creative nonfiction writing, don’t miss Blair’s Master […]

Last Year’s Keynote Speaker Dan Blank Releases New Book

For those of you who attended last year’s Writers’ Institute you’ll remember our Keynote Speaker Dan Blank. Dan delivered an intense hour of facts, figures, advice and wisdom that left an impression on many of our writers. I’m happy to announce his new book Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work […]