Thank You and Happy New Year!


We at the Writer’s Institute thank all of you who helped make 2015 a great year for our community.

Thank you to those of you who participated in our writing classes, here in Madison or online.

Thank you to those of you who attended one of our successful conferences: Writer’s Institute, Write by the Lake, and Weekend With Your Novel.

Thank you to those of you who worked with our writers and editors through our critique service.

Thank you to those of you who submitted your work for the next issue of Midwest Review.

And congratulations to all of you who found success in 2015, completing writing projects, publishing stories, poems, essays, and books, and to those of you who began new projects. We encourage you all to keep reading, writing, and revising.

We wish you all the best in the coming new year, and look forward to continuing to support you in your development as a writer.


Christopher Chambers nominated for Pushcart Prize!


The editors of The Southern Review have nominated “Amplifier,” an essay by Christopher Chambers for the annual Pushcart Prize anthology of the best of the small presses. “Amplifier” was published in the summer issue of The Southern Review.


Chambers, a writer, an editor, and a teacher, recently joined the Writers’ Institute at the University of Wisconsin Division of Continuing Studies where he teaches courses in creative writing, provides manuscript critiques, directs the Weekend With Your Novel conference, and is Managing Editor of Midwest Review.


November is for Novel Writing!


It’s November, National Novel Writing Month, and time for our annual novel-writing retreat, Weekend With Your Novel. It’s not too late to register, but time is running out!

Life often gets in the way of writing—November is the month to get back to it and Weekend With Your Novel is a great opportunity to connect with other writers and editors and to make real progress with your writing. Jump start your novel by joining us in Madison November 13-15 for Weekend With Your Novel, three days of inspiring and practical advice in sessions with experienced writers, editors, teachers, and agents. Meet other writers at all stages of the process and come away with the tools and the motivation to get your novel written and published.

Regardless of where you are in your journey as a novelist, there are sessions with writers, teachers, and editors geared toward helping you take the next step with your novel, whether it’s the first step or crossing the finish line. Weekend With Your Novel is a small, friendly, and supportive retreat on the University of Wisconsin campus on beautiful Lake Mendota. Come join us this year, and see what a difference a weekend in November can make for your novel.