Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Registration for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Camp is now open! Sign your children up for this informative, fun, interactive summer camp today!

MWC offers the Young Emerging Writers Summer Camp for students finishing the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The YEW summer camp consists of close instruction in prose, poetry, and drama. There will be a public reading of the students' work at the end of the camp. With the help of guest instructors, participants will receive many hours of immersion in the literary arts, helping to improve and diversify their writing.
The 2014 YEW Summer Camp will take place at the Bucktown Center for the Arts July 21-25 from 11am-4pm. For more information on registration,visit our website

Midwest Writing Center

225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA 52801
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

HOW TO WORK WITH AN AGENT with JEN KARSBAEK

You’ve written what you think is a great book, and you’d really like a traditional publishing contract. Your next step is getting an agent, but how do you do it and how do you work with an agent once you get one? A stellar query letter is important, but so is knowing what is expected and what questions to ask in the agent/client relationship.


Learn more about how to get and work with agent during the “An Evening with Jen Karsbaek of Foreword Literary Agency” event from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 27 during David R. Collins 2014 Writers’ Conference at MWC (3rd Floor, 225 E. 2 Street, Davenport, Iowa). It’s free and open to everyone (even non-conference attendees).

This session with be part presentation, part question and answer session, so please come prepared with your questions about the process of working with an agent. This event will cover topics including writing a successful query letter, presenting yourself professionally to agents, and what questions to ask once you are offered representation.

Jen will also be taking pitches on Saturday, June 28th at McCarthy Hall on the St. Ambrose University campus in Davenport. Click here toregister and reserve your 10 minute pitch session. You can also pitch to Publisher Steve Semken on Friday, June 27th.

Jen Karsbaek joined first Larsen Pomada Literary Agency, then Foreword Literary Agency in 2013, but has been immersed in the book world since 2008, when she founded the influential blog Devourer of Books. In addition to book reviews, during her time blogging Jen has hosted a literary podcast, an online book club, and a popular annual event celebrating audio books. Jen is also a freelance writer and reviewer.

The conference also features three day workshops on flash fiction, memoir, poetry, essay, and novel. Free evening events open to the public are also planned. Discounts are offered for MWC members. Discounts are offered for MWC members. Click here for more details. The conference is made possible by our generous sponsors: Modern Woodman of America, St. Ambrose University English Department, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Genesis Health Systems.