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

Michael Graf’s script earns him a Bahamas residency!
Michael Graf, a Madison screenwriter and owner of Spot Filmworks, is one of four finalists in the Bahamas International Film Festival’s Screenwriting Residency Program. Michael was a guest speaker at the recent Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, held every June and sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies.

His script, The Last Indian War, is the true story about a group of Native American children kidnapped by the US Army and sent off to a military boarding school where they invent the modern game of football.

Michael’s all-expenses-paid trip happens in December and includes a week of private mentoring with A-List producers and writers. Movie Maker magazine calls the festival "one of the Top 25 Coolest film festivals in the world."

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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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Sat, Dec 10, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
4 weeks; Tue, Jan 17-Feb 7, 6:15-8:15pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Thu, Jan 19-Feb 9, 6-8pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Wed, Jan 25-Feb 15, 10am-noon  •  $160
Fri, Feb 3, 5:30-7pm  •  No fee
Sat, Feb 11, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
4 weeks; Tue, Feb 21-Mar 14, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Thu, Feb 23-Mar 16, 6-8pm  •  $160
Sat, Feb 25, 10-1pm  •  $65
4 weeks; Wed, Mar 1-22, 10am-noon  •  $160
Fri, Mar 3, 5:30-7pm  •  No fee
Sat, Mar 11, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Mar 24-26, 2017  •  Fees vary
4 weeks; Tue, Mar 28-Apr 18, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Thu, Mar 30-Apr 20, 6-8pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Fri, Mar 31-Apr 21, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $160
Sat, May 13, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Online
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $135
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  1-6 units; Unit: 0.6 CEUs, $85 | All 6 units: 3.6 CEUs, $430 (save $80)
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $175
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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: 1.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 1.3 CEUs, $175
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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)
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.