Writing

Helping writers across the world improve their craft and achieve their professional goals

UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ Writing program is the premier resource for writers in the Midwest. We help writers improve their craft and achieve their professional goals. Our instructors are world-class experts—published authors, accomplished instructors, agents, publishers—who lead, facilitate, and teach face-to-face workshops, online classes, conferences, retreats, critique services and more.

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Writer's success story

Sarah Hopkins, Oshkosh, Wis., receives major screenplay prize
Sarah Hopkins has earned second place in the Screencraft Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest 2015 for her script, FET (Female Engagement Team). The script is about a U.S. woman soldier serving with an FET in Afghanistan. Prizes awarded to Sarah include $500, a call from a literary manager, and her script will be presented to Screencraft’s list of agents, managers, producers, and studio executives. Sarah wrote the script in the UW-Madison Continuing Studies online course, “Screenplay: Write Your First Draft Fast,” with mentor/coach Christine DeSmet.

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Writing instructor, mentor, and faculty associate Laurie Scheer sits down with Widen Enterprises to share tips on storytelling.

Upcoming programs
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Sa, Feb 20, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
T, Mar 15-May 24, 6:15-8:15pm (no class Apr 5, Apr 12)  •  $135 each session | $10 discount, per session, if you sign up for 2 or more sessions
April 15-17, 2016  •  Fees vary
M-F, June 13-17, 9:30am-12:30pm  •  $385 until May 16; $435 after
T, June 21-July 12, 6:30-8pm  •  $65
Online
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $135
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit: 0.6 CEU, $85 | All 6 units: 3.6 CEU, $430 (save $80) |
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEU, $165 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $195 |
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $125 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $150
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.2 CEU, $225 | Option 2: 9.0 CEU, $425
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit 1: 3.0 CEU, $195 | Unit 2: 5.0 CEU, $195 | Both units: 8.0 CEU, $375 (save $15)
Conferences, retreats, more
An anthology featuring the works of writers and artists tied to the unique environs of Wisconsin’s rolling hills and other Midwest prairies.
Innovative instruction in teaching scientists to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of audiences. Classes have both for-credit and non-credit options.
We help all types of writers hone their skills and overcome roadblocks on the way to publication, successful freelance writing, or writing for pure enjoyment. We critique fiction and nonfiction, including nonfiction book proposals.
Our annual June retreat features sessions for beginners and advanced writers (including Master Classes), and offers optional graduate credits in English.
New every year, this annual fall weekend offers pro-level revision tips and checklists to polish your novel and make it ready to pitch.
A place for sharing your news and views on writing and publishing. Each newsletter is filled with tips, funny stuff, wisdom, and camaraderie.
Held every spring, it's the Midwest's premier writers' conference, filled with 3 days of education, entertainment, and writing inspiration.

Summer programs for young writers (as well as teachers) through the UW-Madison School of Education’s Greater Madison Writing Project.