Filled to the brim with information that is valuable to writers of any genre, MWW20 offers FOUR registration options:

THREE-DAY: Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25, 2020

    • $399
      • Choose from 32 craft sessions according to your own interests
      • Choose Intensive Session small class, six-hour master session with an expert
      • Manuscript Evaluation opportunity
      • Writing Contest (win money & prizes!)
      • Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
      • Thursday lunch & reception, Friday & Saturday morning refreshments

TWO-DAY: Thursday afternoon-Friday, July 23-24, 2020

ONE-DAY: Thursday, July 23, 2020

    • $155
      • Choose Intensive Session small class, six-hour master session with an expert
      • Morning refreshments and lunch

NEW: CATAPULT YOUR WRITING: THREE-DAY WORKSHOP, Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25, 2020, 10 am to 3 pm

    • $399
      • Writers must apply and be accepted for this Workshop
        • Three days of “workshopping” manuscripts (10 am to 3 pm)
      • Thursday lunch & reception, Friday & Saturday morning refreshments
      • Includes activities in the THREE-day registration: Thursday afternoon panel & evening reception; Friday morning Buttonholes & evening program; Saturday morning session (before 10 am) & afternoon all-faculty panel

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.


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.

We also have a MWW Merchandise Store with sweatshirts and mugs.


Midwest Writers will award a limited number of scholarships for participation in TWO-DAY, Friday & Saturday, July 24-25. Awards are based on financial need, interest and a writing sample of five pages. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before June 15, 2020. If you are applying for a Scholarship, click this link for the 2020 Scholarship application and mail it with a biographical letter (explaining your financial need) and 5-page (double-spaced) writing sample. Include your name, address, phone and email in upper left of your manuscript. Label your materials and envelope with name, address and “Scholarship Entry.” Applicants will be notified in time to complete registration; unsuccessful applicants must re-register. Our workshop fills quickly. Participants can earn a scholarship once every five years.