Join us for the 50th Midwest Writers Workshop

MWW23 Conference: Craft + Community

NOW FOUR DAYS! Wednesday, July 19 – Saturday, July 22, 2023 ~ Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, Indiana

MWW23 is our BIG 50th celebration! This July 19 – 22, whether you attend in person or online (using Zoom), we’ll have top-notch instructors leading interactive sessions, enlightening panels on vital topics, and networking opportunities to help you expand your writing community. We have an incredible faculty of some of our favorite authors, and many MWW alums!

This version of MWW allows us to offer plenty of instruction, networking, and the sense of community that makes MWW so special. Come to Muncie, Indiana, and join us at the beautiful Ball State Alumni Center for our 50th writers’ conference, or join us virtually wherever you’re located.

Our hybrid MWW23 includes:

**In-person sessions and/or Zoom video conferencing that feature a variety of topics determined by each faculty member, writing prompts, and vital, informative, enjoyable discussions to build your skills as a writer.

**A remarkable faculty who know their stuff, providing information for aspiring writers at all stages of their journey.

**Instruction led by renowned faculty!

  • Fiction – Jess Lourey: Amazon Charts bestselling, Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony and Thriller Award winning author of crime fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, YA adventure, and magical realism
  • Fiction/Thriller/Suspense – John Gilstrap: Thriller Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen thrillers
  • Fiction/Mystery – Lori Rader-Day: Edgar® Award-nominated and Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author; teaches creative writing for Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies
  • Fiction/Young Adult – Barbara Shoup: author of eight novels for adults and young adults; Writer-in-Residence at the Indiana Writers Center and a faculty member at Art Workshop International
  • Fiction/Thriller – Matthew Clemens: collaborator with Max Allan Collins on 17 TV tie-in novels and numerous thriller and mystery
  • Nonfiction – Michael Martone: award-winning author of numerous nonfiction books and essays; taught creative writing for forty years at Iowa State University, Harvard University, Syracuse University, the University of Alabama, and Warren Wilson College
  • Nonfiction – Jill Christman: author of If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays and two memoirs; professor in the Creative Writing Program at Ball State University, senior editor of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative
  • Nonfiction – Kelcey Ervick: author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, The Keeper and co-editor of The Field Guide to Graphic Literature. And author of award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction; professor of English and creative writing at Indiana University South Bend
  • Nonfiction — Brent Bill: author of more than twenty books and numerous articles and short stories
  • Nonfiction – Lou Harry: written for more than 50 media outlets and more than 40 books; playwright whose work has been staged by American Lives Theatre, Catalyst Productions, the Phoenix Theatre, and more
  • Poetry – Mark Neely: award-winning author of poetry Beasts of the Hill, Dirty Bomb, and Ticker; professor of English at Ball State University, and a senior editor at River Teeth: a Journal of Nonfiction Narrative
  • Poetry – Liz Whiteacre: author of poetry collection Hit the Ground; associate professor of English at the University of Indianapolis, teaching creative writing and publishing and advises Etchings Press
  • Children’s – Chadwick Gillenwater: (also known as Professor Watermelon) is an experienced school librarian, children’s book author and creative writing teacher
  • Friday afternoon keynote – Jane Friedman: has spent nearly 25 years working in the book publishing industry, with a focus on author education and trend reporting; editor of The Hot Sheet, and author of The Business of Being a Writer
  • Friday Keynote – Haven Kimmel: #1 New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, four novels, and two books for children
  • Publicist – Dana Kaye: life-long entrepreneur and founder of Kaye Publicity, Inc., a literary public relations agency


  • Kelsey Timmerman: New York Times bestselling author of the Where Am I? series:  Where Am I Wearing?, Where Am I Eating?, and Where Am I Giving?.
  • D.E. (Dan) Johnson: author of four books historical mysteries
  • Sandi Baron: author of Bridging the Mississippi, her first creative nonfiction
  • Leah Lederman: a Pushcart-nominated author of short stories and creative nonfiction
  • Larry D. Sweazy: a multiple-award author of nineteen western and mystery novels and over one hundred nonfiction articles and short stories
  • Joe Roper: author of The Morus Chronicles, a Moonbeam Award winning series for middle grade readers
  • Kelly O’Dell Stanley: graphic designer and author of three books on creativity and faith
  • Sherry Stanfa-Stanley: award-winning writer and author of Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares
  • Sarah Schmitt 

Why attend?

Do you dream of getting your story out of your heart and into a book? It’s time to turn that dream into reality. We’ll help you get those words onto paper and craft your story into a powerful offering.

That’s the vision behind our mission statement and our passion to help writers. We’re dedicated to maintaining and building our MWW writing community to nurture writers at every stage of their journey, giving them the tools they need to improve their craft and achieve their publishing goals.

MWW23 is designed to guide you to the next step in your writing journey. Whether you’re a beginner with zero experience or you’ve been writing for years, you’ll want the collective wisdom of our conference faculty. These authors will empower you to dream, write, and publish the story inside you. 

 **Private Facebook Group plus evening activities for camaraderie and to build connections with other participants and faculty.

**Can’t attend all the sessions live? No problem. MWW is offering archival video access to ALL attendees for sessions for three months following the conference.

The cost for our in-person MWW23 experience is $399 $349.

We know that a writing conference can make your head with new information and inspiration when it’s all over! Our hybrid setup gives you the chance to go back and revisit the sessions. That way you can catch any content that you missed, rewatch sessions you found particularly helpful, or get inspired all over again!

The In-Person Experience:

  • Manuscript evaluations: Evaluation of your first five pages plus a one-page synopsis of a manuscript, completed or in progress. The $50 fee covers a 15-minute one-on-one in-person appointment during the conference.
  • Office Hour with each faculty: Have you ever wanted to sit with a published author and pick their brains on topics like: publishing, revising, or anything else that relates to becoming an author? This is your opportunity. You don’t need an appointment, just drop in for these informal sessions with our faculty members.
  • Meal fellowship with participants: Sign up for lunches (pre-order when you register) and hang out with other writers at the Ball State Alumni Center. (See FAQ for details.)
  • Ball State Bookstore on-site vendor: Purchase books by our MWW23 faculty and Board. Get them autographed!
  • MWW Consignment Bookstore: If you’re a published author attending in-person, you can sell your books at our consignment bookstore. (See FAQ for details.)
  • MWW merchandise: Take something home to commemorate your MWW23 experience!

Note* In-Person attendees will have virtual access to live sessions as well. Virtual attendees will have virtual access only.

The cost for our Virtual MWW23 experience is $199.

From the comfort of your home (think: pajamas!), enjoy sessions in real time, participating in a live chat with other writers who are joining virtually. Or tap back in later! Recordings of sessions will be available for three months after the conference.

Join us to be inspired and equipped for the next step in your writing journey!

Schedule: coming soon!

Read the Faculty bios!

Registration coming in February!