Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM EDT

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Ball State Alumni Center 
2800 W. Bethel Ave
Muncie, IN 47306

Driving Directions 


Midwest Writers has GROUP RATES at:

Best Western, 3011 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie (765) 282-0600

Holiday Inn Express, 4201 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie (765) 289-4678

Fairfield Inn (Marriott), 4011 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie (765) 282-6666. Last day to book: 7/1/19. [Mention Midwest Writers]

  • $109/night

Courtyard by Marriott, downtown Muncie601 South High Street  Muncie  IN  47305. Book by 6/25/19.

Quality Inn & Suites, 3400 N Everbrook Ln, Muncie, IN 47304 (765) 216-1675 [Mention Midwest Writers]

  • $99/night



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Midwest Writers Workshop 

MWW 2019 Conference: TWO-day registration 

“MWW 2019 Conference: TWO-day” -- July 25-26, Ball State Alumni Center, 2800 W. Bethel Ave, Muncie, Indiana. MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from award-winning authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books. Wherever you are in your writing career, there is always something new that you can learn at this writing conference. The networking is incomparable to anything else, and it will allow you to grow as a writer.

Thursday – July 25, 2019

1:00 pm           Registration

1:00-1:30 pm   Welcome, Introductions

1:30-2:30 pm     BREAKOUT SESSION #1

  • Setting the Mystery Scene – Mary Carter (Carlene O’Connor).
  • Your Middle Grade Story Needs a Skeleton - J.R. Roper.
  • Intro to Editing - Bryan Furuness.
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction with a Social Justice/Environmental Justice Lens - Michael McColly.  

2:45-3:45 pm    BREAKOUT SESSION #2

  • Real Revision (not for the faint of heart) - Ashley Hope Pérez.
  • Short Story 101 - Cole Lavalais.
  • Maps to Metaphor: Ekphrasis & the Outward Gesture - Mitchell L.H. Douglas.
  • Nuts and Bolts: A Checklist of Things Beginning Writers Think They Already Know - Matthew Clemens.

4:00-5:00 pm BREAKOUT SESSION #3

  • The Write Start: Cultivating Creativity - Melissa Fraterrigo.
  • Developing Characters for Your Mystery – Mary Carter (Carlene O’Connor).
  • Chronicling Social History - Michael McColly. 
  • PANEL: Writing/Life Balance: J.R. Roper, Larry Sweazy, Bryan Furuness

5:00-7:00 pm    Dinner on your own

7:00-9:00 pm  Evening of Connection, Community, Craft

  • Find your tribe
  • Sentence building story contest 

Friday – July 26, 2019

8:30-9:00 am   Coffee & community

8:45-10 am: Buttonhole the Experts: All Faculty.

10:15-11:15 am   BREAKOUT SESSION #4

  • Organic Plot Development - Ashley Hope Pérez.
  • The Star of Your Story - J.R. Roper.
  • Forming a Writing Habit - Bryan Furuness.
  • Finding Your Personal Essay Through Play - Melissa Fraterrigo.

11:30 am-12:30 pm LUNCH (provided)

12:45-1:45 pm BREAKOUT SESSION #5

  • Building Authentic Lives - Cole Lavalais.
  • Form as Freedom - Mitchell L.H. Douglas.
  • Foot-in-the-door Features - Holly Miller. 
  • Research: The Truth That Makes Your Lie Believable - Matthew Clemens.

2:00-3:00 pm BREAKOUT SESSION #6

  • PANEL: Writing Beyond Your Experiences - Ashley Hope Pérez, moderator.
  • Exploring the Novel-in-Stories. Melissa Fraterrigo.
  • Reading like a Writer - Bryan Furuness.
  • What it Really Takes to Launch an Online Freelance Writing Career - Laura Pennington Briggs.

3:15-4:15 pm BREAKOUT SESSION #7

  • Plotting and Re-writing Your Mystery – Mary Carter (Carlene O’Connor).
  • Writing about The Land - Michael McColly.
  • Writing Settings That Will Immerse Your Reader - Larry Sweazy. 
  • Advanced Track: WHAT’S NEXT? - Dianne Drake.

4:30-6:30 pm    Fellowship/Dinner

7:00-9:00 pm

  • Faculty Book Signing Party
  • Awards
  • Keynote Speaker: John Gilstrap (open to the community)

Speakers and program sessions subject to change

Every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule; however, all programs and times are subject to change.