Join us for Agent Fest Online 2023!

Don’t miss this opportunity to pitch your book directly to literary agents in search of new voices! We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest Online 2023, and they’ll be teaching sessions about all aspects of the publication process, in addition to hearing your pitches. You can even add query letter and first page critiques to your registration!

We have four days of valuable sessions; no matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — these sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Wednesday, November 1 – Saturday, November 4 

Agent Fest Online 2023

Mark your calendar! MWW Agent Fest Online 2023: November 1-4, 2023. Wednesday 10:00 am, ET through Saturday 5:00 pm, ET. {Cost: $199}

This year’s Midwest Writers Workshop Agent Fest will again be held online (using video conference technology).  Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story. Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, young adult and more.

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

Watch this space for MWW’s 2024 plans!

We’re thrilled to be hosting Jane Friedman for a one-day seminar, during which she’ll discuss aspects of the business of writing and publishing. Our attendees always walk away better equipped for their road ahead. Keep an eye out for this in Spring 2024, and in the meantime be sure to check out Jane’s newsletter, blog, and classes, as well as her book, The Business of Being a Writer.

Next summer’s conference planning is already underway. Join us at the Ball State University Alumni Center July 11-13, 2024 for sessions on all genres and aspects of the writing life.

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.”