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

New instructors for picture book and memoir online courses

We’re excited and honored to welcome two talented instructors to our UW–Madison Continuing Studies online courses.

Award-winning writer Noelle Rydell is the new instructor for Writing Your Picture Book. Noelle has a BA in English from UW-Stevens Point and a master’s in library science with an emphasis on children’s and youth services, and assisted at the UW–Madison Cooperative Children’s Book Center while receiving her degree. She has worked at libraries, bookstores, and a publisher for children’s books. Noelle will continue teaching other online courses for UW–Madison Continuing Studies.

Camilia Cenek is the new instructor for What’s Your Story? Writing the Memoir. Camilia is an award-winning writer and writing consultant and earned her degrees in English literature from UW–Madison (BA) and Marquette University (MA). She delights in working with both emerging and experienced writers. Her editing has included the book What is English? And Why Should We Care? by Dr. Tim Machan. Camilia is also a graduate of our summer Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat.

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Our Team

Christine DeSmet

Faculty Associate

Christopher Chambers

Program Director

Laura Kahl

University Services Program Associate

Laurie Scheer

Faculty Associate