Conference Code of Conduct

Midwest Writers Workshop is committed to presenting inclusive programs that represent the diverse community of writers, editors, and other publishing professionals who share our mission to nurture aspiring and accomplished writers to improve their craft and achieve their publishing goals in an inclusive community that welcomes and uplifts all voices.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and staff at our conferences and events are required to agree with the following code of conduct and we expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe, harassment-free environment for everybody.

Harassment and unacceptable behavior includes:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or recording without consent
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate or non-consensual physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Midwest Writers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or immediate expulsion from the premises with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Midwest Writers board or the director immediately. Our board can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

MWW will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance, and more importantly, your safety.

This code of conduct applies to all official Midwest Writers Workshop conference and event spaces, including registration, panels, meetings, book room, hospitality suite, website, and our social media accounts. The code also applies to social events, such as receptions, breakfasts/lunches, ceremonies, auctions, and book signings.

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