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 the background and a working laptop rings true this time of year.   As the director of our UW-Madison Writers’ Institute I say those ingredients make for a perfect recipe for success because you  have 2-3 months to complete your manuscript, short stories, script, poetry and/or flash fiction before our March 27-29th weekend.   This is not to say that a walk within the brisk air and the winter landscapes isn’t welcomed, but it is to say that this time of year does lend itself to perfect writing conditions.  — Laurie Scheer

 

Some basic info about Writers’ Institute:

I hope you’re achieving your goals and that we’ll see you at this year’s conference.

The UW-Madison Writers’ Institute has established itself as the Midwest’s premiere writing event. It provides aspiring, emerging, and established writers with up-to-date information about their craft, the publishing industry, and current trends in writing—in addition to being a great place to network with fellow writers and nationally known agents and instructors.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry or short stories, you have three days to mingle with other writers, agents, instructors, and publishers to talk about what matters—your writing and the writing life.

We start our second quarter-century with all new visuals. We’ve included our lovely Madison skyline embraced by the colors of the spring season to embody a whole new writing energy for our writers.

This year’s conference will be filled with three days of writing inspiration, education, and entertainment to encourage you to write effortlessly; and we listened to your requests for more opportunities to network and get to know your fellow writers.

 

New this year: 

  • For the month of December, we are offering an exclusive Bring a Friend offer—$35 off the early bird registration price for you and a friend who has previously not attended a Writers’ Institute conference
  • The First Annual Writing Mixer event—meet your fellow writers, speakers, and agents in an informal setting
  • A Saturday lunch opportunity to meet writers writing in your genre
  • Writing Prompts: an artistic space designated for writers to explore their craft in both prose and poetry directed by talented instructors who will challenge your creativity
  • Advanced Manuscript Critiques—don’t miss this opportunity to work one-on-one with instructors specializing in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and young adult
  • Advanced Poetry Critiques—former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Marilyn Taylor will offer one-on-one critiques
  • All winning Page and Poem Contest submissions will be included in the 2016 edition of The Midwest Prairie Review. So, not only will you receive accolades and prizes for this contest, you will also be published in our journal! Do not hesitate to submit your work!
  • A new category to the Page and Poem Contest this year—Flash Fiction
  • The third edition of The Midwest Prairie Review journal

 

Tried and True:

  • Agent pitches
  • Workshops
  • Book signing event
  • Networking
  • Practice pitch sessions
  • Critiques
  • Success panel luncheon

 

BONUS: Free (to those who sign up to attend all 3 days of the event) Thursday Night INTRO TO PITCHING session featuring a LOGLINES WORKSHOP with agent Lane Shefter Bishop, and HOW TO FIND AN AGENT with Red Sofa Literary’s Dawn Frederick.

We here at the Writing Department of Continuing Studies reach out to our community on a daily basis, and the Writers’ Institute is just one of many programs we offer to nearby, national, and international writers. We are not only celebrating 26 years of writing, but 26 years of being part of the best writing community in the Midwest.

We hope you’ll join us and be part of this community if you haven’t already.