COVID-19 updates: We are excited to announce that the 2021 Writers' Institute will take place April 8-11, 2021. See the UW–Madison Smart Restart website for information on how the university will welcome students back to campus in fall 2020.

Two Important Master Classes at This Year’s Conference

Following the recent publishing controversy regarding American Dirt?

Are you a writer concerned with climate change?

Join us for a deep dive into these subjects at two important Master Classes at the 31st Annual Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.

The first is  It’s not the 20th century anymore:  Equity and Representation in Our Writing with Melissa Houghton. Taught by a media professional with years of public outreach service, this class explores how equity and representation regarding gender, class, race, and other community constructs can be a conscious framework for your writing instead of catchphrases, clichés, and inauthentic misrepresentation.

The next Master Class, Learn About Writing to Save Planet Earth; Where My Heart Soars and Spirit Sings, addresses the questions Can literature foster a better world for future generations? Can stories save lands and waters and promote policies for a sustainable, equitable planet? Presented by author Kristine Zeigler, chief development officer at Conservation International and author of a natural and cultural history blog