Saturday, April 12, 2014

Final Spring Spectra reading April 24 with Nate Pritts, Jennifer H. Fortin, Zach Savich

The final Spectra Spring Series event will be held Thursday, April 24, to close National Poetry Month with a bang with Nate Pritts, (poet, owner/operator of H_NGM_N), Jennifer H. Fortin & Zach Savich.

The show will start at 8 p.m. at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, 8 p.m. , and will be free.

The 2014 season of Spectra manifests thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Riverboat Development Authority. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hey, MWC authors! MWC's new book Review Exchange now open!

The MWC Review Exchange
An exclusive book review exchange service for MWC member/authors only
[If not a member or your membership has lapsed, join MWC now for as low as $30 per year and receive writer discounts on workshops, programs, events, conferences, and more]

The Review Exchange allows MWC member/authors to exchange 2 book reviews/endorsements with other MWC member/authors per membership year. Requested reviews or endorsements are allowed for book-length or chapbook-length published works or those in prepress, galley, or manuscript formats. 
It’s easy:
2.   Click on the Review Exchange in the upper navigation at the top of the home page.
3.   Submit your contact information, genre, and preferences. [Note. If not an MWC member or your membership has lapsed, visit the MWC web site to pay your annual membership fee!]
4.   You will be sent the contact information for the work that you have agreed to review/endorse in exchange for your submission. The author will be notified of your exchange and will send you their work to your preferred location.
That’s it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Poetry Publishing 101 April 19 at MWC with Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins will lead a workshop on basic poetry publishing on Saturday, April 19, from 1-3 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center.
Ryan Collins

Workshop topics will include researching markets, managing submissions, and self-publishing.

Cost of the workshop is $10 for MWC members, $15 for non-members (ask for the National Poetry Month discount—usually workshop rates are $20/$25).

Advanced registration preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Remote Viewing
(DUSIE/Rock Town Press, 2014)
Ryan Collins is the author of four chapbooks, most recently Remote Viewing (DUSIE/Rock Town Press, 2014) and Dear Twin Falls (H_NGM_N, 2013). His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary; Black Clock; Columbia Poetry Review; DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; Handsome; iO: A Journal of New American Poetry; Spork; Transom; and many other places. Collins is the Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center, curates the SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series in Rock Island, IL, an English instructor at St. Ambrose University and Scott Community College, and has led various writing workshops for Quad City Arts, the Moline and Bettendorf Public Libraries, and the Children's Literature Festival. He was also a contributing poet and poetry curator for the Figge Museum of Art 2012 exhibition, Waxing Poetic.   

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Read Local 2014: Nancy Ann Schaefer April 9 @BettendorfLib

Read Local 2014 – Nancy Ann Schaefer
April 9th at Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, at 7 p.m.

Listen to local authors read from their work. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments provided.

April’s author is Nancy Ann Schaefer, author of the poetry chapbook, In Search of Lode (2012, 918studio).

See Lode review at Story Circle.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MWC's Young Emerging Writers summer internship program now accepting applications

Applications now are being accepted for the Young Emerging Writers (YEW) summer internship program through the Midwest Writing Center.

The six-week program is for teens ages 15-19 who are interested in creating and publishing works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and/or drama. The program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, June 30; July 1-2, 7-19, and 14-16, culminating with The Atlas Launch Party at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.

Students who worked on the school newspaper, school literary magazine or yearbook, or who just love writing, or page layout and graphic design, are ideal candidates for YEW.

The ultimate goal of the program is the development of writing abilities, professional skills and the production and distribution of a literary journal, The Atlas, which represents the best work of the participants, and more.

Internships feature intensive seminars in poetry, narrative prose and collaborative writing and more. Interns will learn about magazine design and layout, as well as gain editorial and copy-editing experience, the release states.

Ten to 15 interns will be selected based on applications, writing or design samples, and interviews. The writing and editing of stories, essays, poems and/or plays at home is required, as is reading and responding to work by other interns.

Each intern also will receive a small stipend, a free full-conference registration to the David R. Collins Writers' Conference at St. Ambrose University June 26-28, a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center and three copies of The Atlas.

 Applications are available and the deadline for submission is May 17. For more information, contact Ryan Collins, 563-324-1410, or

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SPECTRA continues April 3 at Rozz-Tox

Happy National Poetry Month in April!

 The Spectra Reading Series, voted a top 10 reading series in the Midwest by LitBridge, returns to Rozz-Tox on Thursday, April 3, to kick off National Poetry Month with the return of Shane McCrae, whose third book will be out later this year from Factory Hollow Press, Hannah Gamble, whose first book Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast was selected for the National Poetry Series by Bernadette Mayer, and multi-talented poet/writer Joshua Young, author of several plays-in-verse.

 Spectra will return at the end of the month, April 24, to close National Poetry Month with a bang with Nate Pritts, (poet, owner/operator of H_NGM_N), Jennifer H. Fortin & Zach Savich. The show will start at 8 p.m., and will be free.

Spectra is also accepting submissions from local poets to read at future events. To submit, email up to 3 poems to with the phrase "SPECTRA Submission" in the subject line. Contact Ryan Collins at Midwest Writing Center to be a speaker or for more information: (563) 324-1410 |

The 2014 season of Spectra manifests thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Riverboat Development Authority.
All SPECTRA events are at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, 8 p.m.

Free & open to the public.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Applying the 4 P’s to your B: Creating a Book Marketing Plan with Jodie Toohey

In marketing, we talk about the 4 P’s: place, price, product, and promotion. This is just a simplified way to plan out how to promote any product, including a book. Place is where you will sell your book, more commonly known in the book-world as distribution. Price is how much you will charge for your book, but also encompasses determining if readers will pay that price. Product involves more than just your book’s title, but also includes, among other things, its genre, length, and ideal reader. Finally, promotion is figuring out how to tell people about your book.

To learn more about how to apply these 4 P’s to your book as well as other marketing tips, please attend Jodie Toohey’s workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at MWC’s March 22nd Pen In Hand Mini Writing Conference. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a basic marketing plan so you can take focused action to try to get you book into readers’ – and buyers’ – hands. We’ll cover the four P’s (place, price, product, and promotion), the 5th P (people), holding giveaways, using social media, and setting up appearances.

Jodie Toohey is the author of three books: two poetry collections and one novel. She also runs Wordsy WomanWord Sales and Service, a professional writing and editing company helping people say what they want to say. She’s taught workshops at CASI, the Vet Center, and MWC. Jodie holds a Marketing Certificate and is focusing on Marketing as part of her two-thirds-completed MBA.