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

Joanne Passet’s Write-by-the-Lake Retreat essay published
Congratulations to Joanne Passet of Bloomington, Indiana. Her essay, "The Quilter,” written in Amy Lou Jenkins’ essay writing workshop at the 2016 Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat at UW-Madison, has been featured in the online journal, Biostories.

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Writing instructor Christine DeSmet shares a One-Minute Manuscript Makeover, encouraging writers to clean up their clutter before submitting their work.

Upcoming writing classes and workshops
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4 weeks; Thu, Jul 27-Aug 17, 6-8pm  •  $160
Sat, Jul 29, 12:30-3pm  •  $50
4 weeks; Tue, Sep 12-Oct 3, 6-8pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Wed, Sep 13-Oct 4, 6-8pm  •  $160
Sat, Sep 16, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
4 weeks; Mon, Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, and Fri, Oct 6, 6-8pm  •  $160
4 weeks; Tue, Sep 19-Oct 10, 1-3:30pm  •  $160
6 weeks: Wed, Sep 20-Nov 15, 2-4pm (no class Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1)  •  $575
Sat, Sep 23, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Oct 7, 1-4:30pm  •  $70
4 weeks; Tue, Oct 10-31, 6-8pm  •  $160
Sat, Oct 28, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Fri-Sun, Nov 3-5  •  Fees vary
4 weeks; Tue, Nov 7-28, 6-8pm  •  $160
Sat, Nov 25, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Dec 2, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Sat, Dec 16, 1-3:30pm  •  $50
Online writing classes
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $200
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  1-6 units: 0.6 CEUs, $85 per unit | All 6 units: 3.6 CEUs, $430 (save $80)
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $200
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 2.0 CEUs, $175 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs, $200
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
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEUs, $150 | Option 2: 1.3 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $150
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 1.5 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $395
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.2 CEUs, $275 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
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
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 1.3 CEUs, $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  $175
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $200 | Option 2: 9.0 CEUs, $495
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 3.0 CEUs, $275 | Option 2: 18.0 CEUs, $575
Start anytime, complete within 1 year  •  Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $150 | Option 2: 2.0 CEUs, $175
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 $175.00 | Option 2: 3.0 CEUs (includes critique) $200.00
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.