We have arranged for informal contact with those key faculty members who can provide insight into the world of publishing as it exists today. These networking experiences, the manuscript evaluation scheme, the agent pitch sessions, the query letter critiques, the hands-on tutoring with social media, AND the class sessions will make the 2016 Midwest Writers Workshop, our 43rd! – July 21-23, 2016 – a must for all writers.
We have continued the successful format of the past few years, with the workshop divided into two parts. Part I offers genre-specific Intensive Sessions. You may enroll in both parts, or choose just one.
Part II is filled to the brim with information on marketing and writing techniques that is valuable to writers of any genre. Participants in Part II also have the opportunity to send a 5-page manuscript to our Manuscript Evaluation Team, a 1-page query to the Query Letter Critique Team, or (free) consultations for social media, Scrivener or taxation for writers. And we’re also offering Professional Head Shots!
The 2016 MWW includes quality instruction by a faculty of authors, agents, editors, and specialists, plus the opportunity to meet other writers with similar interests.
The following MWW opportunities are exclusive to those registering for Part II (or both Parts).
Download pdf of the MWW16 brochure (in February!)
MWW Extras include:
- Agent Pitch Sessions
- Manuscript Evaluations (additional fee)
- Query Letter Critiques (additional fee)
- Professional Head Shot (additional fee)
- Consultations: Social Media, Scrivener, Taxation for Writers
- Writing Contests (win money & prizes!)
- Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
- Awards Banquet
Buttonhole the Experts
Buttonhole the Experts is our fun Saturday morning activity. We have 25 or so tables in the banquet hall with an “expert” (our faculty members) at each one. Everyone gets coffee, muffins/bagels, etc., and then six participants sit at each table and chat informally with the expert for about 20 minutes. Then at the ring of a bell and it’s like musical chairs. The six at each table rise and head to another table of interest for another 20-minute chat. This process is repeated four times. In other words, everyone drinks way too much coffee but learns much about the various genres/topics from our experts.
Books about writing and by faculty authors and participants will be on sale at the MWW-BSU Bookstore. The Bookstore opens at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 21 and accepts VISA and MasterCard payments. We also have a MWW merchandise table with sweatshirts, totes, and mugs.
What to do if you have your own books for our Consignment Bookstore:
* PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM COMPLETELY FOR EACH BOOK TITLE YOU ARE BRINGING TO THE CONFERENCE TO SELL.
* Contact the Welcome Center when you register or visit the Consignment Bookstore on Friday morning.
* Please have the books you bring priced.
* The bookstore has the established commission rate of 10%.
Midwest Writers will award a limited number of scholarships for participation in Part II. Awards are based on financial need, interest and a writing sample of five pages. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2016. If you are applying for a Scholarship, click here for 2015 Scholarship application, print out the Registration Form and mail it with a biographical letter (explaining your financial need) and 5-page writing sample. Include your name, address, phone and email in upper left of your manuscript. Label your materials and envelope with name, address and “Scholarship Entry.” Applicants will be notified in time to complete registration; unsuccessful applicants must re-register. Our workshop fills quickly. Participants can earn a scholarship once every five years.