What past participants say about the Writers’ Institute


There is so much to learn about being a successful writer that isn’t about the writing! The Writer’s Institute can help you with more than polishing your craft. They can help you with the yucky details related to writing–like finding agents, promoting your work, social media use, legal pitfalls to avoid–and they can make it taste like it isn’t even medicine!

-N.G. S, Stevens Point, WI


The 2016 Writers’ Institute was my third and the best yet.  They continue to have exceptional sessions on craft and what’s happening in the marketplace.  When my break-out year happens, it will be in great measure because of what I have learned at the Institute.

-Hayden S, Muskegon, MI


I came a genuine novice, not knowing if I would fit in and be comfortable. I walked away thinking this may change my life. Recently retired at 57 years old, wondering and worrying how the remainder of my life might look, this provides a direction or a path which can be fulfilling, rewarding, and meaningful. Thank you so much.

-John P, Madison, WI


The 2016 Writers’ Institute was my fourth Institute conference.  What I’ve gained from the conference is beyond words!  I have met wonderful people who are really there to support my writing efforts and I, in turn, have a chance to support theirs.  Being able to pitch agents is such a great opportunity for conference attendees and I appreciate all the efforts made to bring in agents who represent such a wide variety of genres.  I also have gained so much from the keynote speeches and critiques.  I feel so lucky to have been a Writers’ Institute participant and hope to be on that success panel soon!

-Natalie K, Lindenhurst, IL


I can’t say enough good things about Writer’s Institute. It is a highlight of my year to come here and connect with people who understand the urge to write.

-Terri K, Winona, MN


What a whirlwind of inspirational presentations and workshops. The Q+A sessions gave me the opportunity to meet and learn from some talented authors and agents. The entire conference was extremely well organized, giving us attendees ample time to network with each other and many of the presenters who were so generous with their time. The positive energy all during the conference was palpable. Many thanks to the staff who put this all together. Just amazing. Can’t wait to get back to my writing desk.

-Greg R, Lake Mills, WI


Whether you are just starting out as a writer, or you’re a seasoned, published professional, the Writer’s Institute is the place to grow as a writer. Being with a community of writers inspires you, the sessions provide valuable information, and the speakers are awesome.

-Amanda H, Sun Prairie, WI


After attending the UW Writers’ Institute, I have dozens of new marketing ideas I can’t wait to put into action!

-Holly T, Madison, WI


The advanced critiques were a life-changing experience.  I was exposed to so many different comments to better my voice and mechanics and every single one I read was positive to forward my writing and keep me inspired.

–Rebecca S.


The largest hurdle in the path to becoming a published author is that first leap.  The agents and professionals who attended the 2015 Writers’ Institute and listened to pitches were understanding and helpful – no Shark Tank.

–Lola G.


I am newer to the world of writing and was blown away by the wealth of content that the 2015 UW-Madison Writers’ Institute delivered.  I walked away feeling a foot taller, having developed skills in writing, confidence in my craft, and knowledge of the publishing world.

–Tricia W.


As a first time attendee to the Writers’ Institute, I was energized, stimulated and impressed….I felt like I found my tribe.  I came home from the conference with some new ideas, skills and enthusiasm.

–Maria D.


As a long-time professional writer whose new to the book writing and publishing side, I found the Madison Writers’ Institute an incredibly helpful experience – I left more informed and more inspired to achieve my dream of getting my first novel published, by a traditional publishing house or self-published.  Terrific conference.

–John T.


As a first time attendant at the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute I felt welcomed by all the agents, presenters, and support staff.  I learned key points to take away that will improve my writing and make it more marketable.

–Mary M.


I became a better writer moment by moment in this conference.

–Brenda L.


The institute provides a safe and inspiring opportunity to forge valuable connections and learn from writers and other professionals about the craft and (equally important) the business of being a writer.

–Denise T.


Excellent networking opportunities.  Great presenters.  Picked up a wealth of knowledge about publishing.

–Larry A.


I drove five hours to attend this conference and I am glad I came….The manuscript critique was priceless, well worth the cost.

–Katrina H.


The Writers’ Institute was the very first writing conference I ever attended as a newbie writer.  I have come back every year since 2008, and the knowledge and encouragement I received was instrumental in the signing of my first book contract in March of this year.

–Barbara B.