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.

Writer's success story

Valerie Biel, Columbus, WI, publishes contest-finalist YA novel
Valerie Biel attended her first UW-Continuing Studies Writers’ Institute in 2009, bringing her Young Adult manuscript pages to a critique group led by Christine DeSmet. From there she joined a critique group in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Then her novel, Circle of Nine—Beltany, was one of 5 finalists (out of 1,000) in the Gotham Writers’ YA Novel Discovery Contest.

Now readers get to enjoy what we already know—she’s a superb writer! Her novel is available in paperback and e-book versions. Circle of Nine—Beltany is about modern-day Brigit Quinn, who on her 15th birthday discovers she’s descended from a legendary Celtic Tribe. Birthday surprises ensue, including treachery from the past. valeriebiel.com»

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Writing instructor Laurie Scheer surveys today’s TV-industry landscape for writers.

Upcoming programs
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Sa, Oct 4, 1-4:30pm  •  $65
T, Oct 14, 21, 6:30-9pm and Nov 1-30 online anytime  •  $165
Nov 1-30, anytime  •  Free
F-Su, Nov 14-16  •  Fees vary
Online
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Nov 1-30, anytime  •  Free
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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.
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.
Going beyond visual art, SOA Rhinelander also features workshops on all kinds of writing, including poetry, memoirs, playwriting, and character development. Held every July.
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.