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

MIPA contest finalists include Ernst and Chiarkas
The 26th annual Midwest Book Awards from the Midwest Independent Publishing Association include 2 that we know well:

Kathleen Ernst, for A Settler’s Year, photographs by Loyd Heath (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Madison, Wis.). Category: Arts/Coffee Table Books/Photography. Kathleen has taught for UW-Madison Continuing Studies in the past and will keynote the June 13-17 Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat in Madison, Wis.

Nick Chiarkas, for Weepers (Three Towers Press, Milwaukee, Wis.). His novel is set in NYC in 1957. Category: Fiction-Mystery/Thriller. Nick was recently on panels at the Writers’ Institute in which he talked about the great help he received from UW-Madison Continuing Studies Critique Services and Christine DeSmet.

Winners will be announced at a gala in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday, May 13.

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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Th, May 19-June 30, 6-8pm (no class June 9)  •  $250
M-F, June 13-17, 9:30am-12:30pm  •  $385 until May 16; $435 after
4 weeks; T, June 21-July 12, 6:30-8pm  •  $65
W, Sept 21, 28, Oct 12, 26, Nov 9, 30 2-4pm  •  $575
Online
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit: 0.6 CEU, $85 | All 6 units: 3.6 CEU, $430 (save $80) |
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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.
This annual fall weekend novel-writing conference 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.