Writing

Helping writers everywhere, aspiring and experienced, to improve their craft and achieve their goals

UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ Writing program offers writing classes and workshops in-person and online, manuscript critiques, two annual writing retreats, and the Midwest’s premiere writing conference, Writers’ Institute. Our instructors are world-class experts—published authors, accomplished instructors, agents, publishers, and editors.

Writer's success story

Brad Schreiber’s new biography — hilarious look at comedy icon
Some of you met and or know author Brad Schreiber as an instructor at three of our past editions of the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat >

Brad is the author of the new book Where’s My Fortune Cookie?, a hilarious and startling biography of Phil Proctor, the co-founder of the legendary satirical comedy group the Firesign Theatre.

Reviewed and celebrated by “Weird Al” Yankovic and Pen Jillette of Penn and Teller, among others, the book offers interesting insight into this important comedy troupe that influenced so many comedians.

Brad has written several nonfiction books for a variety of publishers. Check out his author page at Amazon >

More success stories»

Writing instructor Laurie Scheer shares what you'll gain from the online course "How to Compose Your Selling Book Proposal," one of the many writing courses we offer.

Upcoming writing classes and workshops
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Sat, Oct 28, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Fri-Sun, Nov 3-5  •  Fees vary
4 weeks; Tue, Nov 7-28, 6-8pm  •  $160
Sat, Nov 25, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Dec 2, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Dec 16, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Mar 10, 10am-1pm  •  $65
Online writing classes
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $200
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 5.0 CEUs, $300
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $395
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $275 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $275 | Option 2: 18.0 CEUs, $575
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1 CEU $150 | Option 2: 2 CEUs $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit 1: 3.0 CEUs, $195 | Unit 2: 5.0 CEUs, $195 | Both units: 8.0 CEUs, $375 (save $15)
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs (includes critique) $200
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.