Professional guidance you’re looking for! Midwest Writers Workshop helps writers achieve their publishing goals.

The mission of MWW is to nurture aspiring and accomplished writers to improve their craft and achieve their publishing goals in a welcoming community.

How Our Conference Works

We have 40+ different instructional sessions with top quality faculty during our three-day program on everything from fiction to nonfiction, marketing, and ways to get your creative juices flowing. Thursday focuses on genre-specific intensive sessions. Friday and Saturday are packed with sessions on the craft of writing and the business of writing.

MWW will celebrate our 45th summer workshop, July 19-21, 2018!

MWW18 faculty includes: Marcus Sakey, Jeff Zentner, Jane Friedman, D.E. Johnson, Julie Lawson Timmer, Jessica Strawser, Jay Coles, Dianne Drake, Jason Boyett, Matthew Clemens, J. Brent Bill, Hank Nuwer. Agents: Lauren Abramo, Beth Phelan, Stephanie. Editors: Laura Apperson, Patrice Caldwell

MWW18 schedule: announced soon!

MWW Extras include:

  • Agent Pitch Sessions
  • Manuscript Evaluations (additional fee)
  • Query Letter Critiques (additional fee)
  • Professional Head Shots (additional fee)
  • Consultations (free) for Social Media, Taxation for Writers
  • Writing Contest (win money & prizes!)
  • Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
  • Awards Banquet


Read more about What We Offer!

“I teach writing workshops all over the country, but never have I attended a conference so well-organized as Midwest Writers Workshop. The organizers know what they’re doing, the faculty are skilled teachers and writers from all over the country, and the workshop participants are eager, intelligent, and so supportive of one another. This is hands-down the most worthwhile, the most fun writing conference I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of!”  – Jess Lourey, author of Murder-by-the-Month Mysteries

“Over the years, I’ve participated in more conferences than I can count, but time after time, Midwest Writers Workshop ranks among the best of the best.  The students are anxious to learn, the faculty comes to teach, and the result is electrifying.  Anytime you want me back, just say the word, and I’m there.”John Gilstrap, author of the Jonathan Grave series

“Being part of the Midwest Writers Workshop was a transformative experience. So many passionate, excited, creative people, so much wonderful energy and knowledge!” Daniel José Older

“As we say in Sisters in Crime, you write alone, but you’re not alone. Nowhere is this more gloriously apparent than the super-charged powerhouse of writing skill—the Midwest Writers Workshop.  From tentative newbie to experienced oldbie (!) –we all learned something useful, we all shared something special, we all made new friends, we were all inspired and—absolutely–we are all looking forward to the next time. A true triumph—and a must-do for anyone who’s intrigued by the world of writing.”Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity award winning author, President of National Sister s in Crime

“I left the Midwest Writers Workshop as a stronger writer…and I was on the faculty. I can only imagine what it does to attendees.”Lou Harry

“The Midwest Writers Workshop remains at the top of my list of favorite conference experiences. The focused curriculum, helpful staff, and welcoming participants all make this one of the best organized writing events I’ve yet seen.”Brooks Sherman, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

“Thank you for everything you did to make MWW pleasant, productive and comfortable. The attendees were so warm and welcoming, and from what I’ve seen, the most talented I’ve met at conferences. So, I now see why everyone says such nice things about MWW – because they’re true.”Jessica Sinsheimer, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

“As a MWW faculty member, I was impressed with the talent and drive of so many participants. The organizers were fabulous at logistics and making sure we were taken care of.”Dana Kaye, Kaye Publicity

“I want to let you know that this is hands down the BEST writers’ conference I’ve ever attended.” –Kathleen Ortiz, literary agent, New Leaf Literary & Media

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