The Midwest Writers Workshop (MWW) takes place once a year on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Muncie is located about 145 miles, or about a 3-hour drive, from South Bend. This year, the workshop takes place from Thursday, July 25-Saturday, July 27.
The MWW consists of two sessions. The first part offers intensive sessions in which writers and aspiring writers learn about topics such as building an author website, researching mystery and suspense novels, how to think like a teenager when crafting a young adult novel, and writing commercial fiction.
The second part includes two days of small-group workshops with writing and publishing professionals, as well as a networking lunch, an evening meal that features a writing contest and a closing banquet. Participants will have opportunities to pitch book ideas to agents in one-on-one pitch sessions and, for an extra fee, can get a professional manuscript evaluation and critique.
The line-up of professionals is not guaranteed, and is liable to change between now and July. Tentatively, scheduled publishing industry participants are set to include young adult author Barbara Shoup; mystery novelist and Edward R. Murrow-award winning journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan; New York Times bestselling thriller author John Gilstrap; Romance Writers of America RITA Award-winning inspirational romance author Colleen Coble; and literary agents Amanda Luedeke, John M. Cusick, Sarah LaPolla and Victoria Marini.
Published (and self-published) authors can bring copies of their books to sell at the MWW bookstore.
The cost for both sessions is $350 before April 15th and $360 afterwards. Attending both sessions is not required. Participants can choose Session 1 only for $125 ($135 after April 15) or Session 2 only for $250 ($260 after April 15). Scholarships are available; the deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 1, 2013.