Writing

Helping writers everywhere, aspiring and experienced, to improve their craft and achieve their goals

UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ Writing program offers writing classes and workshops in-person and online, manuscript critiques, two annual writing retreats, and the Midwest’s premiere writing conference, Writers’ Institute. Our instructors are world-class experts—published authors, accomplished instructors, agents, publishers, and editors.

Writer's success story

American Book Fest taps Goss and Chiarkas for best-book honors
The American Book Fest chose Margaret Goss and her novel The Uncommitted (HenschelHAUS Publishing) for the top award in the “Fiction: Visionary” category of the 14th Annual Best Book Awards for books published in 2015-2017.

Weepers (HenschelHAUS Publishing), by Nick Chiarkas, was a finalist in the “Fiction: Cross-Genre” category.

Goss, Chiarkas, and HenschelHAUS Publishing have participated in the Writers’ Institute. Chiarkas will be among the speakers during the April 12-15, 2018 conference in Madison.

Publishers entering books in this year’s contest included major publishers such as Penguin Random House, Wiley, St. Martin’s Press as well as hundreds of small and independent presses.

More success stories»

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Christopher Chambers describes writing processes on Wisconsin Public Radio. Listen to discover how you can write your own story.

Upcoming writing classes and workshops
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Sat, Dec 16, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Mar 10, 10am-1pm  •  $65
Online writing classes
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 5.0 CEUs, $300
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $275 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
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Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1 CEU $150 | Option 2: 2 CEUs $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Unit 1: 3.0 CEUs, $195 | Unit 2: 5.0 CEUs, $195 | Both units: 8.0 CEUs, $375 (save $15)
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs (includes additional critique), $200
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.