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

Author Hillary Dickinson has published her new book
Wisconsin 5-0: From High-Risk Police Calls to Comic Cop Stories is a behind-the-scenes account based on interviews with more than 30 statewide law enforcement officers. The book gives an inside look behind the badge and shows how these calls emotionally affect officers.

Hillary has this to say about our writing department staff: “I received wonderful instruction, mentorship, and critiques from Laurie Scheer’s creative nonfiction class and a Write-By-The-Lake class I took with Kathy Steffen. I became a better writer and this instruction made my book a much better book. I also made some great friends with fellow writers at WBTL whose continued critiques and support were much appreciated.”

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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
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $135 |
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit: 0.6 CEU, $85 | All 5 units: 3.0 CEU, $345 (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, $160 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $195 |
Nov 1-30, anytime  •  Free
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEU, $125 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $155
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, $125 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $95
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 1.3 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $95
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $95
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $95
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: | 1.0 CEU, $95 | Option 2: | 1.5 CEU, $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year Ongoing Registration  • 
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $160
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $160
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.2 CEU, $195 | Option 2: 9.0 CEU, $395
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, $115 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $95 | Option 2: 1.3 CEU, $135
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit 1: 1.0 CEU, $85 | Unit 2: 1.0 CEU, $85 | Unit 3: 3.0 CEU, $85 | All 3 Units: 5.0 CEU, $230 (save $25)
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.
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.