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

Thomas Straka’s travel essay published
Thomas Straka’s travel essay "There’s Gold in Them Thar [Georgia] Hills” has been published in the online travel magazine American Roads and Global Highways.

Straka, of Pendleton, South Carolina, struck gold after revising the essay’s title and hook while studying with instructor Noelle Rydell in the UW-Madison Continuing Studies online course, Brushup Class for All Writers: Business, Academic, and Creative.

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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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6 weeks, Sun, Sept 11-Oct 16, 6-8pm  •  $250
6 weeks, Tue, Sep 13-Oct 18, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $250
6 weeks, Tue, Sep 13-Oct 18, 6-8pm  •  $250
6 weeks, Thu, Sep 15-Oct 27, 6-8pm (no class Oct 13)  •  $250
3 weeks, Tue, Sep 20-Oct 4, 6:15-8:15pm  •  $135
6 weeks, Wed, Sep 21 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9 & 30 2-4pm  •  $575
Sat, Oct 8, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
6 weeks, Tue, Oct 18-Nov 29, 6:15-8:15pm (no class Nov 1)  •  $250
Sat, Dec 10, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
Online
Online  •  $175
Online  •  $195
Online  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $165 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $195 |
Online  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $175
Online  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Online  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $125 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $150
Online  •  $195
Online  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 1.3 CEUs, $175
Online  •  $125
Online  •  $125
Online  •  $125
Online  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $125 | Option 2: 1.5 CEUs, $145
Online  •  $165
Online  •  Option 1: 1.2 CEUs, $225 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $425
Online  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Online  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $175
Online  •  $175
Online  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $245 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $490
Online  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $245 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $490
Online  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $245 | Option 2: 18.0 CEUs, $525 |
Online  •  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.