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 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]

  • Holly Miller: Manuscript Makeover  [Limit 15]
  •  Matthew Clemens: Developmental Editing  [Limit 15.]
  • 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: Think Like a Teenager 
  • Lucrecia Guerrero: From Where You Dream 
  • Maurice Broaddus: World Building: How to Out-Imagine Your Reader 

12:15-1:15 pm -- LUNCH & LEARN—BOXED LUNCH: provided [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

5:00-6:30 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

  • Open Mic.: First Two Pages/3 minutes
  • Writing Contest!
  • Talkabouts – fostering community, connecting people; Finding Your Tribe: critique partners/readers


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

9:45-10:45 am -- Cross-genre session. Genre mixer. “Push the Envelope” Session – ALL FACULTY


11:00-12:30pm -- Ask-A-Pro Session – ALL FACULTY