READ THIS: Guide to Getting the Most Out of a Writers Conference, by Jane Friedman

What should I wear to workshop?

Since you’ll be in workshop sessions most of the day, you’ll want to wear something comfortable. You may also want to bring a sweater as some of the classrooms may be cool. The building’s air conditioning system is located off-site so we are UNABLE to adjust the temperature for individual rooms. (We also have a selection of MWW sweatshirts for sale at our merchandise table!)

What should I bring?

An important advantage to attending a workshop, besides all the knowledge that is available, is an opportunity to meet people who can help further your career. MWW encourages networking and building friendships with other writers. If you have business cards, you may want to bring some to exchange with individuals with whom you have made a special connection. You will receive a list of all participants and their contact information in your welcome packet. As far as packing, bring what you would normally take on vacation, including a swimsuit if your hotel has a pool. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes.

You may bring a laptop/notebook computer if you wish; Ball State is a wireless campus.

Be sure that you put your cell phone on vibrate mode or turn it off during ALL sessions. But we encourage tweeting, and taking and posting photos!

What should I do when I arrive?

If you are in THREE-DAY or TWO-DAY, plan to arrive on Thursday, July 23, at 9:00 a.m. to pick up your welcome packet and nametag. Our Welcome Center and Registration Table are located in the Conservatory as you enter the Alumni Center. Parking is free at the Alumni Center (including handicapped-accessible). Parking lots are immediately north of the Center behind Schuemann Football Stadium.

If you are in the ONE-DAY only, plan to arrive on Thursday, July 23, at between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. to pick up your welcome packet and nametag.

What if I have my own books to bring?

Books about writing and by faculty authors will be on sale at the MWW-BSU Bookstore, which opens at noon on Thursday, July 23 and accepts VISA and MasterCard payments.

MWW also provides a Consignment Bookstore for our published attendees. After you register, if you’re selling books on consignment, bring them to the Consignment Bookstore (located in the Pre-Event area outside Assembly Hall). The MWW Consignment Bookstore is separate from MWW-BSU operated Bookstore.

  • Limit the number of books you bring to 10, although, if your 10 books sell out, you may replenish your supply.
  • Price your books at a round number (if possible), for example, $10, $15, $20.
  • When you check in, we will give you an inventory control slip to fill out and insert into each of your books. It will list the book title, author, selling price, and a number — 1 through 10.
  • You must pick up your books by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. At that time, we will give you a receipt for the check to be mailed to you within two weeks for the amount of money your books earned, minus MWW’s 10% commission.

The Consignment Bookstore opens Thursday at 1 p.m. There is an established commission rate of 10%. You must pick up any remaining books before the workshop ends. Books left after the workshop ends will not be returned.

How can I get the most help with my writing?

Getting feedback from other writers can be very helpful. You are welcome to bring a few pages of your writing (3-5 pages/or beginning chapter). You can share with Your Tribe on Thursday evening! You can also hand out informally if you meet someone on your own. Or we have a place set up in the library to put your pages and come back for your comments. Please attach a few blank pages for feedback.  (Remember: manuscript form – double space, 12 point).

What about meals?

We provide coffee and pastries Friday and Saturday mornings. If you need something more substantial to begin your morning, many of the local motels include breakfast. THREE-DAY & TWO-DAY participants receive a buffet lunch on Friday with their registration fee. THREE-DAY & ONE-DAY includes Thursday lunch.

If you have any dietary restrictions, email the director: At the workshop, please see one of the catering staff as they have your food set aside in the kitchen.

What if I paid for a Manuscript Evaluation?

If you paid the $50 fee for your manuscript to be evaluated by one of our Manuscript Evaluation Team, you are entitled to a 15-minute one-on-one discussion of your work with the Team Member you selected. Please include your name, address, phone and email on top left of your submitted manuscript. All discussion sessions between participants and the Manuscript Evaluation Team Member are Thursday afternoon or Friday during workshop hours. The Manuscript Team Members will schedule their one-on-one discussions and you can check the list for your name/time at the Registration Table when you arrive.

What is “Buttonhole the Experts”?

Buttonhole the Experts is a casual face time with our faculty and one of the biggest values of our conference, a tradition at MWW. We have 15 or so tables in Assembly Hall with an “expert” (our faculty members) at each one with seven participants who will chat informally with the expert for about 20 minutes. Then at the ring of a bell and it’s like musical chairs (or speed dating!). The seven at each table rise and head to another table of interest for another 20-minute chat. This process is repeated three times. In other words, everyone learns much about the various genres/topics from our experts.

What is the R. Karl Largent Writing Award?

Midwest Writers Workshop established the R. Karl Largent Memorial Fund and renamed its top writing award after long-time and popular committee member R. Karl Largent. The Manny Writing Contest’s top winner will receive a $200 cash award, made possible through Robin Vincent Publishers and MWW. The award has been named the R. Karl Largent Writing Award. It honors Largent, who died in 2003. He attended a MWW session in the 1980s and eventually became a full-time writer and teacher. He had more than 25 novels published and had taught more than 3,000 writing hopefuls since 1990. Karl was one of the most popular of all MWW instructors and writers-in-residence. His thorough and helpful critiques of student works stamped him as a favorite of aspiring writers along with his easy-going, friendly personality. “No one can possibly replace Karl,” said Jama Bigger, MWW director, “but we remember him and perpetuate his legacy through this writing award.”

MWW Social Media

  • FACEBOOK: Midwest Writers Workshop FAN page or Facebook Group
  • TWITTER: follow MWW @MidwestWriters [MWW Director: @jamabigger]
  • INSTAGRAM: @midwestwritersworkshop

Connect with other writers, authors, previous faculty, MWW alumni, and many participants. Maybe you have a question about pitching to agents, or manuscript submissions, or the facility. Maybe you’re looking to share a motel room or a ride to Muncie. Post a question on our Discussion Board or write a comment on our Wall. (To join our Group: type “Midwest Writers Workshop” into the search line.)

Use Twitter to Share Your “Notes” at MWW20

If one of us says something quotable, share it on Twitter (or post a pic on Instagram!). Use the hashtag #mww20 #midwestwritersworkshop. Use tags and hashtags so that others on Twitter can find it!


Board Members:

  • Julie Tuttle Davis @IndianaJulie
  • Kelsey Timmerman @KelseyTimmerman
  • Steve Terrell @StephenTerrell
  • Shelly Gage @shelly_gage
  • Angelia Stone @angeliawhite
  • Leah Lederman @leahlederman

What if I still have questions?

If you have questions, contact MWW Director, Jama Bigger, at 765-282-1055 or email at