From the Director

The UW-Madison Writers’ Institute celebrates its 27th year in 2016. This conference that began over a quarter of a century ago as an informative, fun, and inspirational event continues to grow and thrive, providing numerous resources for writers over a spring weekend in April this year. Our writers’ conference has established itself as the Midwest’s […]


Writers’ Institute is days away.  Know that our Springtime elves are working diligently to make sure all of the elements of this conference are working effectively. While we prep your conference packets, order the food & beverages, compose the critiques and plan the workshops, we know you are also planning for the weekend’s events.  Take […]

As We Get Closer to Our Conference…

As we get closer to our conference, I continue to receive emails from many of you with questions about how to prepare for your pitches to the agents.  I’m impressed that everyone is preparing and arming themselves with knowledge about the agents they’ll be pitching to and about their projects also.  Be sure to read […]

Just three weeks away!

We are less than three weeks’ away from the 26th annual Writers’ Institute conference.  Know that there are still plenty of opportunities for you to pitch to agents, to sign up for practice pitches, and to send in your material to be critiqued by our expert instructors.  We are putting the final details together and […]

Latest News About Writers’ Institute

For March 2nd: March has arrived!  That means we have only a few more weeks before the Midwest’s Premier Writing Conference, the Writers’ Institute takes place.  Let’s melt away all that snow and ice and welcome spring at the end of this month.  If you haven’t submitted your pages for your critiques, please do so […]

Latest News for Writers’ Institute

Last week our favorite groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter.  That’s just about the same time period we have remaining until this year’s 26th annual Writers’ Institute conference.  Agent pitches are filling up fast.  I’d like to remind everyone that I am holding a special Marketing Toolkit session on Saturday February 21st.  What’s a […]

Agent Appointment Update

Greetings! As January turns into February the excitement is building here at the desk of the Writers’ Institute director.  We are less than two months’ away from the beginning of this year’s conference and there’s a couple of announcements – first – The Writers’ Institute offers you direct access to accomplished literary agents who are […]

Writers’ Institute Update

Hello Writers! Here we are in mid-January and it has been reported that a great deal of the United States is experiencing record low temperatures and wind chills, snow, and cold.  It is winter after all and for most writers the scenario that includes the cold weather, a cup of tea, a fireplace burning in […]

Writers’ Institute Success Story

Author JZ Howard has participated in our Weekend With Your Novel and Writers’ Institute events over the past two years. Laurie Scheer has also critiqued this volume of his work entitled All of Me Wants All of You. The book has just received the Inspirational/Romance Fiction Gold Award from the 2015 Illumination Book Awards.  Here […]

Steve Salmon’s Remarkable Journey with the Writers’ Institute

Here at the UW-Madison Continuing Studies writing department we are proud of our writing community.  Steve Salmon, a writer with cerebral palsy, has been attending Writers’ Institute conferences for many years.  His dedication and hard work continue to inspire us year after year.  We’d like to introduce you to Steve through this video and hope […]