Adventures With Dogsledding

Greetings! Here is another installment of Blair Braverman’s adventures with dogsledding from OUTSIDE Magazine, January 12, 2017; Blair is our Keynote Speaker and will offer a Master Class and sign copies of her book Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube on Saturday of our conference. Be there! Laurie

A Three Day Weekend

This is a three day weekend for some as our community celebrates the life of Martin Luther King set for Monday, January 16th. It is also mid-January when the daylight is precious and the nights are long – a perfect environment for writing – and writing a little bit more. Will you be writing this […]

The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites Per Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman spoke at our Writers’ Institute a couple years back. Jane knows just about everything regarding the current climate of the publishing industry and that is why I want to share one of her latest blog posts – a list of the best literary fiction blogs and websites. If you are already subscribed to […]

A Word About Nature Writing

Blair Braverman will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Writers’ Institute. Here is an enlightening article about writing about Nature from the December 22nd, 1016 edition of Literary Hub Enjoy! Laurie

Happy New 2017!

Happy 2017! The new year has begun and we are off to a magical and wonderful new start. Winter is the perfect time to take on those major writing deadlines – and completing them just in time for Writers’ Institute in March. Here’s to the articles, short stories, manuscripts and all other expressions of our […]

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays from the Writing Department here at the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season filled with magic and wonderment. We look forward to seeing you at Writers’ Institute in March, remember that our Bring A Friend offer is in effect for the rest of December […]

Writers’ Institute: A Transformative Experience

Dear Writers, The Writers’ Institute weekend provides many of our writers with a transformative experience. Join us. March is just around the corner. Laurie

Don’t Forget Your Daily Writing Ritual

As we plan for the upcoming holidays, our schedules can be crazy-busy. I just want to say – Don’t forget your practice, your daily writing ritual is important and necessary during these dark, concentrated days leading up to the Winter Solstice and all holiday celebrations. Keep writing forward – there will be a great deal […]

Winter Time, Writing Time

The first major snow fall appeared this weekend here in Madison and Southeast Wisconsin. One of my writing students reminds me that we should look at snow from a child’s point-of-view and embrace it with all of its magic and wonder.  Sometimes as an adult, I know I see snow and I immediately think of […]

After Thanksgiving: A Feature Article For You

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful. One of our keynote speakers, Blair Braverman has written a series of 4 articles for Outside Magazine about how to teach dogs to be brave. She is a master dog sledder and nature writer and I thought that now that after all of the turkey, shopping, and visiting […]