Midwest Writers Workshop helps writers achieve their publishing goals.

The mission of MWW is to nurture aspiring and accomplished writers to improve their craft and achieve their writing and publishing goals in an inclusive community that welcomes and uplifts all voices.

As Midwest Writers Workshop continues to renew our vision and strategic focus, our aim is to add value to what we offer our writing community. Working to develop the most meaningful instructional programs for and by authors from diverse backgrounds, Midwest Writers has modified the workshop format numerous times during the past 50 years.

Midwest Writers continues to be relevant and innovative, serving the writing community through our outreach, effectiveness, and use of resources. Our goal is to reach new audiences and maintain loyal participants who attend year after year because they have developed friendships and know they will receive new information to improve their writing. We are proud of our ability to provide these important services to writers at an affordable cost.

By focusing on its strengths, its participants, and the ongoing concerns of what writers need, Midwest Writers Workshop provides professional, quality programs and events.


What Others Have Said

“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.  Anytime you want me back, just say the word, and I’m there.” – John Gilstrap, award-winning author of thrillers and mysteries

“I teach writing workshops all over the country, but never have I attended a conference so well-organized as Midwest Writers Workshop. The organizers know what they’re doing, the faculty are skilled teachers and writers from all over the country, and the workshop participants are eager, intelligent, and so supportive of one another. This is hands-down the most worthwhile, the most fun writing conference I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of!”  – Jess Lourey, bestselling Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony and Thriller Award winning author 

“As we say in Sisters in Crime, you write alone, but you’re not alone. Nowhere is this more gloriously apparent than the super-charged powerhouse of writing skill—the Midwest Writers Workshop.  From tentative newbie to experienced oldbie (!) –we all learned something useful, we all shared something special, we all made new friends, we were all inspired and—absolutely–we are all looking forward to the next time. A true triumph—and a must-do for anyone who’s intrigued by the world of writing.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity award winning author, President of National Sister s in Crime

“I left the Midwest Writers Workshop as a stronger writer…and I was on the faculty. I can only imagine what it does to attendees.” – Lou Harry

“As a MWW faculty member, I was impressed with the talent and drive of so many participants. The organizers were fabulous at logistics and making sure we were taken care of.” – Dana Kaye, Kaye Publicity

“I want to let you know that this is hands down the BEST writers’ conference I’ve ever attended.” –Kathleen Ortiz, literary agent

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