Join us for an afternoon or an entire week, and leave with new ideas, techniques, and inspiration

The Division of Continuing Studies and its partners offer a variety of conferences throughout the year. Come hear world-renouned speakers, meet others in your industry, and immerse yourself in your professional development or personal enrichment. Experts from around the country share research and knowledge about specific career fields or current topics, and participants enjoy the opportunity to network with peers and share ideas and best practices.

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

Upcoming conferences
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M-F, June 16-20, 2014
Join writers from around the country at a professional retreat with a creative atmosphere. In 2013, over 130 writers from 15 states and other countries took advantage of beautiful, sunny 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.
Th-M, June 26-30
Learn how to perform your own show in the style of the Back Room Shakespeare Project, which uses a combination of original practices and 21st century rehearsal techniques to explore the work of Shakespeare, to provide participants with the tools and support they need to perform their own adaptation, and to empower them to put themselves at the center of their work.
S-S, July 12-19, 2014
15th annual 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.

Want to know more about the conferences offered by UW–Madison Continuing Studies? Email us as, or call 608-262-1156.