MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

  • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
  • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
    • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
    • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
  • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.

Acclaimed, bestselling author John Gilstrap will be the guest speaker during a special community event at this year’s Midwest Writers Workshop (MWW). The Meet and Greet, with a cash bar, is 7 p.m. Friday, July 26 at the Ball State University Alumni Center. The program is open to the public and book clubs are welcome to come mingle with Gilstrap and conference attendees, and hear Gilstrap’s presentation, “Dare to Dream.”  Admission is free, but registration through Eventbrite is recommended.

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jonathan Grave thriller series; the latest, Total Mayhem released June 25. His other novels include Scorpion StrikeFinal TargetFriendly FireAgainst All EnemiesEnd GameHigh TreasonDamage ControlThreat WarningHostage ZeroNo MercyNathan’s RunAt All CostsEven StevenScott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He is contracted to write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom.

Available Courses: Which course is calling your name?

COMING IN AUGUST: Brainmap taught by bestselling author Shirley Jump.

Word Play: offers writing exercises that explore diction and figurative language choices, helping you develop voice in your stories, essays, and poems. Join any time ~ Cost: $50

The Building Blocks of a Great Novel: a 6-unit course taught by Dianne Drake (includes manuscript evaluation!) for beginning writers to help you discover all the key elements that will make your novel great. Cost: DISCOUNT $99