Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM EDT

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Ball State Alumni Center 
2800 W. Bethel Avenue
Muncie, IN 47304

Facility is handicapped accessible.

Driving Directions 


FAIRFIELD INN, 4011 W. Bethel Ave. ($99, includes hot breakfast. Call 765-282-6666 and mention Midwest Writers)

HOLIDAY INN, 4201 W. Bethel Ave. (Use this link. Put dates in first 7/26 or 7/27, then code for group rate of $119 will appear. Includes hot breakfast)

COURTYARD MARRIOTT, 601 S. High St. (use this link for the group rate of $124)


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Midwest Writers Workshop 

MWW Super Mini-conference 

“MWW Super Mini-conference” -- July 27-28, Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, Indiana. Friday 8:30 am - Saturday 12:30 pm. A dynamic day-and-a-half with a decidedly different structure—shorter, smaller, less expensive, with a strong emphasis on helping you reach your writing goals. MWW Craft + Community super mini is designed for all writers! {Just $199}

FRIDAY, July 27

8:30 am – Arrive, registration, get acquainted. Participants will write their dream on an index card given at registration and to turn them in at lunch.

9:00 am-12:00 pm In-depth/hands-on sessions [CHOOSE ONE; check website for full descriptions of sessions]

  • J. Brent Bill: Writing from the Heart: Soulful Creativity 
  • Lou Harry: Nonfiction, Writing About Everything  
  • Larry D. Sweazy: Fiction, Writing Your First Novel 
  • Barbara Shoup: YA, Think Like a Teenager 
  • Lucrecia Guerrero: From Where You Dream (five steps of writing through your senses)
  • Maurice Broaddus: World Building: How to Out-Imagine Your Reader
  • Holly Miller: Manuscript Makeover [Limit 15] CLOSED
  • Matthew Clemens: Developmental Editing [Limit 15] CLOSED

12:15-1:15 pm -- LUNCH & LEARN—BOXED LUNCH: provided ["Talkabout" table discussions. Fellowship/network, learn about each other]

1:30-2:45 pm – CHOOSE ONE

  • Lou Harry: Creating Life on the Stage
  • Matthew Clemens: Nuts and Bolts: A Checklist of Things Beginning Writers Think They Already Know
  • Brent Bill: Good News: Writing for the Spiritual Market
  • Barbara ShoupWriting Your Life

3:00-4:15 pm – CHOOSE ONE

  • Lucrecia Guerrero: Writing Your Culture 
  • Larry D. Sweazy: The Thrills and Chills of a Great Mystery
  • Maurice Broaddus: Characterization Through Dialogue

4:30 pm Cash Bar

5:15-6:30 pm DINNER [optional, $15]

Barb Shoup: Only Connect. Community-building exercise. Community Building: what do you want from a writing community?

6:30-9:00 pm - Evening Fun!

  • 6:30-7:15 - Panel "Yes, You Can" (We know because we did) with Kelsey Timmerman, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, Kelly Stanley, Sarah Schmitt. This will be a motivational panel with writers who will talk about how MWW helped them on their writing journey, how they managed to navigate the competitive world of publishing while living in the Midwest, their advice for what workshoppers should do when they go home tomorrow, etc.
  • 7:15-8:00ish - SOMEWHERE IN THIS BOOK: A LIVE GAME SHOW, hosted by Lou Harry. Bring a book--any book--to this event. Could be a novel, a history text, a cookbook, whatever. (We'll bring a library of random books in case you forget). When a category is called (Say, "A Really Awkward Pick Up Line" or "What Not To Say On a Job Interview"), you have a set amount of time to flip through your book and find a line or two that fits the category--in a serious or hilarious way. Then we find the best choices, narrow down the field, bring some contestants up front for finals, and otherwise have a blast of a time.
  • 8:00 - Announcement of Writing Contest topic/prompt (to be turned in Saturday morning)
  • 8:10ish-9:00 - Open Mic: First Two Pages/3 minutes


8:30 Turn in your contest entry

8:30-9:30 am -- "Wake up" speaker -- Larry Sweazy: What's Your Dream? (interviewed by Matthew Clemens)

9:45-10:45 am -- Panel: All Faculty - Writing from different POV / Voice appropriation. Do writers have to be confined to the world they know based on their own ethnicity, nationality or even gender? Can writers branch out and tell a story from the point of view of a character who comes from a completely different background?

11:00 - Announcement of contest winner/read
11:10-12:15 pm - Ask-A-Pro Session All Faculty
12:15 pm - Dismissal/write! / stay in touch!

Before heading home, pick up your "dream" index card. Think about if your dream has changed after experiencing the conference and let us know.