Join us for this online masterclass with Jane Friedman!

If you’re the kind of writer who likes to ask, “What’s the single most important marketing activity I should focus on?” (because you don’t have time for anything else), this session is for you.

No matter how you plan to publish, or what you publish, every author must give some thought to marketing themselves as an author. But given how fast tools and techniques change—and how hard it is to attract attention—how can an author figure out what’s worthwhile to focus on?


“From Anxious to Savvy: How Every Author Can Build a Lifetime Book Marketing Foundation”
Saturday, March 23
10:30 am – noon; 1:30 – 3:00pm EST on Zoom
$79 early bird; $99 after January 31

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#MWW24 on its way!

Next summer’s conference planning is already underway, and we’re thrilled to be bringing you another year of top-tier programming and faculty.

Join us at the Ball State University Alumni Center July 11-13, 2024 for sessions on all genres and aspects of the writing life.

Celebrate with MWW!

This past July Midwest Writers Workshop celebrated its 50th anniversary! Take a look through our photo vault of vintage MWW and get a sense of how this organization has gathered and guided writers through the decades.

We also gave a huge sendoff to its director of 25 of those years–Jama Kehoe Bigger. Jama has served MWW in multiple capacities for nearly forty years and has made a dramatic impact on the Midwest writing community. Enjoy this video of thank yous from (just a few of the MANY) writers she’s helped. Send your own video or note to

MWW Success Stories

We’re always thrilled to hear about MWW alum success stories! If you’ve had something published–a poem, an article, a short story, a novel; if you’ve been featured in a blog or interview, please send us a note so that we can feature you!

Check out this video of MWW success stories

Have one you’d like us to share? Send it on over!

Gift Certificates

Every writer wants to get better, and the best way to do that is in a supportive, welcoming community. That’s why we offer gift certificates in any amount. Nudge the writer in your life to take that next step.

Support MWW

Your support ensures that great stories continue to be told. You can support Midwest Writers Workshop by making a one-time or monthly donation, by sponsorships, or by volunteering your time and talent.


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

What Others Have To Say…

John Gilstrap author of Jonathan Grave thriller series

“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.

Jane Friedman

“Midwest Writers Workshop is a very special place for writers. I’ve been speaking and attending its sessions for nearly 15 years, and the sense of community and support is outstanding. It has played a role in launching numerous successful author careers—unsurprising, since it works so thoughtfully to fulfill its mission of helping writers flourish and be their best selves.”

Lori Rader-Day, Edgar Award-nominated and Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author

“Midwest Writers Workshop has been with me my entire career, nudging me forward and helping me discover what kind of writer I was supposed to be, and then helping me reach my writing and publishing goals.”

Ashley C. Ford author of memoir, Somebody’s Daughter

“I’ve had the MOST fun teaching at #MWW. I started out interning at this conference, and then to teach a five-hour writing intensive! Wow.”