Registration is open!

Your fee includes goodies

Registration for our full conference is $345 before March 5, 2019 and $395 after March 5. This fee includes instruction, morning continental breakfast Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday coffee/tea.

If you wish to attend on Thursday & Friday ONLY, the fee is $275 before March 5, 2019, and $295 after March 5. If you wish to attend on Saturday & Sunday ONLY, the fee is $265 before March 5, 2019, and $285 after March 5.

Registration Fees

Fees also include instruction, emailed PDF of conference handouts, morning continental breakfast Thursday/Friday/Saturday, and Sunday coffee/tea. You will receive your PDF of the conference the week of April 1. Please be sure to make copies or download the conference handouts before attending the event. NO COPIES OF THE HANDOUTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SITE AT THE CONFERENCE.


Special (additional) fees

Pitches, practice pitch sessions, and Poem or Page Contest. The Pitch Clinic and Master Classes, Agent/Edtior Q & A sessions, Writing Doctor sessions, and Right Here, Write Now sessions are extra and detailed here.

Fees for the Master Classes are $95. These sessions are limited. Be sure to register before March 5 to attend these sessions.

You must register for the conference in order to pitch or to enter the contest and participate in Book Day events.

Special Offers

The Bring a Friend offer has ended for 2019

“Bring A Friend” to the Writers’ Institute this year, and if your friend has never attended a previous Writers’ Institute, you and your friend can each save $35 on your registration -that’s $310 instead of $345 for the full conference. In order to receive this discount, you will need to register together; just click “Add Another Registrant” button on the Order Details page. This exclusive, limited offer will only be available December 4, 2018, through January 8, 2019, and will end at midnight on January 8, 2019.


New attendees! –– Special promotion for the 30th anniversary of Writers’ Institute*

New attendees are eligible to receive a free critique if you register for Writers’ Institute between January 9 and February 8, 2019. If you or someone you know have not attended the conference before, you will automatically qualify for this offer upon registration.

This offer includes a complimentary 3-page critique from UW–Madison Continuing Studies Writing Department faculty members Christine DeSmet or Laurie Scheer during the weeks leading up to the conference. Your complimentary critique prepares you for your Master Class, pitches, advanced critiques, and our Right Here, Write Now 30-minute critiques to be held at the conference.

Don’t miss out on this informative opportunity!

*Limited to the first 30 writers who register for this offer.

How to register—2 steps

Step 1.

Decide on your conference attendance, plus other options and mark them on the registration form.

* Appointments/Registrations are necessary please register online or call 608-262-2451 or 800-725-9692

Step 2. Mail to, call, fax, or register online.

    • Mail to:

    • UW-Extension Registrations, Writers’ Institute
    • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706


    • Call:

    • 608-262-2451 (voice, 711, VRS) or 800 725 9692 (voice, 711, VRS)


    • Fax:

    • 608-265-3163 or toll-free 800-741-7416
    • Must include payments by credit card.
    • List credit card type, number, and expiration date.



PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the 2019 Writers’ Institute closes online and via phone on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by 4pm Central Time, and at midnight Central Time. Don’t worry; you can still register in person and walk-in at the Registration desk at the Madison Concourse Hotel on Thursday, April 4, 7:30am to 7pm; Friday, April 5, 7:30am until 7pm; and again, on Saturday, April 6, 7:30am until noon.

Changes to agent pitches and practice pitches will be available during the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday registration times also.

No refunds will be provided for Conference Extras (such as agent pitches, practice pitches, Master Classes, etc.) that are dropped or canceled after April 2, 2019.

Writers’ Institute Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel, you may do so without penalties until midnight on March 29, 2019. After that time, cancellations will be assessed a $20 administrative fee. Please call 608-262-2451 or 800-725-9692 for assistance.

Please advise us as soon as possible if you have a disability and require accommodations. Requests are confidential.