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 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop, our 40th! – July 25-27, 2013 – 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 eight genre-specific Intensive Sessions.
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 or a 1-page query to the Query Letter Critique Team. You may enroll in both parts, or choose just one.
The 2013 MWW includes quality instruction by authors, 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 pfd of MWW 2013 brochure
MWW Extras include:
- Agent Pitch Sessions
- Manuscript Evaluations (additional fee)
- Query Letter Critiques (additional fee)
- Social Media Tutoring
- Writing Contests (win money & prizes!)
- Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
- Awards Banquet
Message in a Bottle & 40th Party to Honor MWW Alumni!
So, we welcome all participants to bring some of your writing! If you would like to be in the spotlight to read from your work for five minutes, you will need to write your name on a ticket and drop it into our specially designed “Message in a Bottle” bottle during the day on Friday.
We’ll begin our Coffeehouse-style Message in a Bottle Reading with emcees Kelsey Timmerman and Cathy Shouse selecting tickets from the bottle. Lucky winners will read for five minutes. We’ll sip delicious coffee, listen to your works-in-progress, and applaud!
Buttonhole the Experts
Buttonhole the Experts is our fun Saturday morning activity. We have 15 or so tables in the banquet hall with an “expert” (our faculty members) at each one. Everyone gets their 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 Bookstore. The Bookstore opens at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 and accepts VISA and MasterCard payments. We also have a MWW merchandise table with sweatshirts, totes, and mugs (accepts cash/check only).
What to do if you have your own books to consign:
* Contact the Welcome Center when you register or visit the Bookstore on Friday morning.
* Please have the books you bring priced.
* The bookstore has the established commission rate of 20%.
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 June 1, 2013. If you are applying for a Scholarship, click here for 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.Back to Top