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The UW-Madison has a long tradition of writing education and support for writers, going back to the 1890s with the establishment of correspondence writing courses, and currently offers a wide array of programs and resources for writers through the Division of Continuing Studies: annual conferences, retreats, in-person workshops and critique groups, online courses, and manuscript critique services for writers in Madison, throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, and around the world.

The Writer’s Institute conference, founded in 1990 and held each spring, has helped thousands of writers begin or advance their careers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and freelance writing. The Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, established in 2000 and held in the summer, attracts writers each year from around the States and around the world to develop their  writing projects in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction experienced writers, writing teachers. and editors.  Weekend with Your Novel, begun in the late 1990s, is an intimate and energizing three-day retreat of workshops and critique groups for novelists at all stages of development, from aspiring to published. All three annual writers’ conferences are held in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin.

We were among the first institutions to offer online writing courses, beginning in 1998. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of writers from more than 37 countries write screenplays, stage plays, novels, creative nonfiction, book proposals, TV series proposals, memoirs, poetry, flash fiction, essays, and feature articles.

We also publish the Midwest Review, a journal that features contemporary writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

Follow us here for the latest information on publications, writing conferences, readings, and opportunities for writers. Learn more about us here: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/writing.

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