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

Julian Awooner Renner, New York, earns Cinestory’s 2nd place
Little Girl Found, a screenplay by Julian Awooner Renner, New Rochelle, New York, earned second place in the Cinestory Foundation 2015 fellowship contest. The Foundation is located in Los Angeles and provides mentorships and retreats for aspiring screenwriters.

Julian’s screenplay is about how a destitute teen girl in Sierra Leone navigates her treacherous world. Julian worked on his screenplay start to finish with instructor Christine DeSmet in the online course, “Screenwriting: Write Your First Draft Fast.”
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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Session 1:
T, Sept 15, 22, 29 Session 2:
T, Oct 13, 20, 27 6:15-8:15pm (no class Oct 6)
 •  $125 each: $230 for both September and October sessions
W, Sept 16-Oct 28, 1:30-3:30pm (no class Oct 7)  •  $125 each: $230 for both September and October sessions
M, Sept 28-Nov 16, 6-8 pm  •  $350
W, Sept 30-Nov 18, 1:30-3:30pm  •  $350
W, Sept 30-Nov 18, 6-8pm  •  $350
Sa, Oct 10, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
Sa, Oct 24, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
M, Nov 2-Dec 7, 5-8pm (no class Nov 23)  •  $225
F-Su, Nov 13-15  •  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, $165 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $195 |
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175 |
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $175
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 CEUs, $125 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $195
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 1.3 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $125
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: | 1.0 CEU, $125 | Option 2: | 1.5 CEU, $145
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $395
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $165
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.2 CEU, $225 | Option 2: 9.0 CEU, $425
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, $135 | Option 2: 3.0 CEU, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $105 | Option 2: 1.3 CEU, $145
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.
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.
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.

Summer programs for young writers (as well as teachers) through the UW-Madison School of Education’s Greater Madison Writing Project.