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

Children’s writer finds success through Critique Services
Marion Young, a student of Continuing Studies' writing classes and critique services, has published Love Circles the World, a children's picture book that connects the dots among global cultures. The book won a Silver Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association for Children's Picture Book, as well as the Best Category Children's Award from the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast.

"Working with Christine (DeSmet of Critique Services) enabled me to have confidence in my stories and myself," she says. "Over time, the words 'I can do this' became my mantra. Then everything I wrote, from stories to query letters to press releases, helped me to evolve as I rode the path to publication."

More success stories»

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

Upcoming programs
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4 weeks; Su, Jul 10-31, 6-8pm  •  $250
4 weeks; Tue, Jul 12-Aug 2, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $160
3 weeks; Wed, Jul 13-27, 6:15-8:15pm  •  $135
4 weeks; Thu, Jul 21-Aug 18, 6-8pm (no class on Aug 11)  •  $160
Sa, July 23, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
6 weeks; Sun, Sept 11-Oct 16, 6-8pm  •  $250
6 weeks; Tue, Sep 13-Oct 18, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $250
6 weeks; Tue, Sep 13-Oct 18, 6-8pm  •  $250
6 weeks; Thu, Sep 15-Oct 27, 6-8pm (no class on Oct 13)  •  $250
3 weeks; Tue, Sep 20-Oct 4, 6:15-8:15pm  •  $135
6 weeks; W, Sept 21, 28, Oct 12, 26, Nov 9, 30 2-4pm  •  $575
Sa, Oct 8, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
6 weeks; Tue, Oct 18-Nov 29, 6:15-8:15pm (no class Nov 1)  •  $135
Fri-Sun, Nov 4-6, 2016  •  Fees vary
Sa, Dec 10, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
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
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $195
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 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 2.0 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $125 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $195
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 1.3 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: | 1.0 CEU, $125 | Option 2: | 1.5 CEU, $145
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $395
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.2 CEU, $225 | Option 2: 9.0 CEU, $425
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 2.0 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $105 | Option 2: 1.3 CEUs, $145
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $245 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $490
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEU, $245 | Option 2: 9.0 CEU, $490
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEU, $245 | Option 2: 18.0 CEU, $525 |
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.
The novel-writing conference, providing professional instruction for all novelists, from aspiring to experienced. This annual fall conference is small, intensive, supportive, and all about the novel.
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.