Come hear world-renouned speakers, meet others in your industry, and immerse yourself in your professional development or personal enrichment.

At a glance

What: Unique, often first-of-their-kind professional development and personal enrichment conferences, institutes, and events

Who: Taught by leading educators, clinicians, and subject-matter experts from UW-Madison and around the world

Certification: Programs meet multiple requirements and standards for continuing education, see individual conferences for details

Questions? Contact info for each conference is available on its corresponding webpage; click any title for details and to register


Presented by the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration, the new Arts Business Initiative, and UW-Madison Continuing Studies. We explore the substantive connections between arts and business and open up a conversation about research and practice at the intersection of these disciplines.

The Wisconsin Regional Art Program was established to encourage Wisconsin citizens with a serious interest in Art. People who make art purely for the love of it, rather than for fame and fortune. The purpose of WRAP is to encourage artists to develop their abilities.

Dance and Theatre

A full week of skill building, camaraderie, and performance under the tutelage of UW-Madison theatre faculty, staff, and graduates. Spend each morning at this commuter camp learning how to get the most out of your body and voice; focus each afternoon on scenic design, lighting and sound, and costume/makeup design. Cap your week with an open house and showcase where you’ll apply what you’ve learned in a final performance in front of family and friends.

For over 20 years, hundreds of high school students gather at this annual fall event sponsored by the UW–Madison for 3 days featuring dozens of workshops and live performances. This festival provides students and teachers an opportunity to learn from trained theatre professionals and educators, to take the stage, and to watch their peers perform. All Wisconsin high schools are invited to attend.

Human Services

If you‘re a therapist, child protection worker, attorney, law enforcement officer, medical professional, or in any position with a need to know about child sexual abuse treatment, you know how important it is to stay current on assessment and treatment methods. With nationally renowned speakers and more than 50 workshops and institutes on a wide range of topics to choose from, you can customize your experience to best fit your needs. Held every fall.

Join us in considering the intersection of women’s gender and other social justice issues as we promote ethical decisions and actions that will create greater equity and sustainability for our planet and its beings. Participants will draw upon the range of perspectives on gender and social justice to examine the present and future for our planet.


Demographic trends in the United States have created a unique situation: 4 generations now work together. As a manager, you face the challenge and opportunity of leading teams with a variety of mindsets, preferences, and work styles. Come and learn practical skills to tap the distinctive strengths of your staff and encourage collaboration within your multi-generational organization.


Annual summer festival features a full week of concerts, expert lectures, and special events. In addition to a 6-event Festival Concert Series, lectures and workshops will provide opportunities to learn and practice instrumental and vocal skills, become familiar with historical performance practices and repertoire, learn about the featured music through the lenses of history and culture, and perform with other participants and faculty artists.

Teaching Online

Join us August of every year for this premier event that brings together experts, resources, research, and best practices relevant to the design and delivery of distance education and online teaching.


New every year, this annual fall event is packed with techniques and wisdom for serious novelists who want to start smart or revise right for publication. Refine your voice and style. Or discover your voice. Or change it! Create deeper characters, plots, and settings. With 15 workshops in Tracks 1 (beginning) and 2 (advanced level), plus critique group sessions, this intensive and fun weekend retreat is a thorough, roll-up-the-sleeves boost for any novel writer.

Join writers from around the country at a professional retreat with a creative atmosphere. Every year, over 100 writers from 15 states and other countries took advantage of beautiful, sunny June weather in Madison, Wisconsin, to refresh their writing life. Our retreat features sessions for beginners and advanced writers (including Master Classes), and offers optional graduate credits in English.

The Writers' Institute is the Midwest's premier writers' conference, filled with 3 spring days of education, entertainment, and writing inspiration. What began a quarter of a century ago has always been an informative and fun event providing aspiring, emerging, and established writers with up-to-date information about their craft, the publishing industry, and current trends in writing—as well as being a great place to network with fellow writers.


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