Helping writers everywhere improve their craft and achieve their goals.

Writing At a Glance

What: Whether you’re just starting out or looking to continue your development as a writer, you’re invited to join our diverse community of writers. Explore our online classes, face-to-face workshops, critique services, two annual writing retreats, the Midwest Review literary magazine, and Writers’ Institute—the Midwest’s premiere writing conference.

Who: Work with experienced instructors, inspiring writing coaches, successful authors and freelancers, agents, editors, and publishers.

Questions? Contact Christopher Chambers at christopher.chambers@wisc.edu or 608-262-5095.

Success Stories: Continuing Studies writing students sign deals, get published, and win awards! Check out their accomplishments

Laurie Scheer on the Writescast Network

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UW-Madison Writers’ Institute director Laurie Scheer talks about this year’s conference with host r.r. campbell on the Writescast Podcast. Also featured are Kristin Oakley, Rex Owens, Greg Renz, and Laurie Buchanan who join campbell as speakers at this year’s conference. Listen to the full podcast.

Our writers featured on WPR

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

Featured programs

Our Team

Christine DeSmet

Faculty Associate

Christopher Chambers

Program Director

Laura Kahl

University Services Program Associate

Laurie Scheer

Faculty Associate