MUNCIE, Ind.—A two-day writers’ “Super Mini-conference” geared to fiction and nonfiction authors at all experience levels is set for July 27-28 at the Ball State University Alumni Center. Hosted by Midwest Writers Workshop, Inc. (MWW), the event will feature classes led by eight award-winning authors, each with several published books to their credit.
“This year we’ve intentionally planned a smaller conference to give participants multiple opportunities to interact with instructors in an informal setting, focusing on key areas such as craft improvement, genre knowledge, finding critique partners, and forming writing support groups,” says Jama Bigger, executive director of MWW, now in its 45th year. “The agenda is packaged in a way to encourage new, unpublished writers but also to appeal to veteran authors who want to expand their skills. The schedule includes small group sessions that focus on specific kinds of writing such as mysteries, young adult novels, world building, personal experience, nonfiction articles and essays. Panel discussions, manuscript critiques, and even an ‘open mic’ option will be available.”
Among the faculty are Matthew Clemens, who has co-written with Max Allen Collins on numerous suspense and TV tie-in novels; Barbara Shoup, author of eight novels, two of which are cited as “Best Books for Young Adults” by the American Library Association; Maurice Broaddus, author of steampunk adventures, fantasy and horror, best known for his short fiction and his Knights of Breton Court novel trilogy; Lou Harry, who has written for more than 50 publications and whose several books have collectively sold more than 1 million copies; Larry Sweazy, who is the author of 14 western and mystery novels and more than 80 nonfiction articles and short stories; and Lucrecia Guerrero, author of stories that involve cultural clashes between experience and tradition.
“As one of the highlights of this year’s mini-conference we’ve invited a group of our alumni—writers who have attended past workshops as students—who recently have sold their books to major publishers,” says Bigger. “We want to celebrate their success, but we also want them to share tips with emerging writers on how to navigate the competitive world of publishing.”
The complete schedule, including scholarship information and the opportunity to enroll online, is available at www.midwestwriters.org.