David R. Collins Virtual Writers' Conference

Rock Island, Illinois, United States

Jun 24 - Jun 25, 2021


TUITION / COST:Approx. $300 for a full conference registration for MWC members; $350 for non-MWC members
Need-based scholarships are available, as well as scholarships for students and veterans; contact Ryan Collins for more information

CONTACT: Ryan Collins
PHONE: 3097327330
EMAIL: mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org
WEBSITE: http://www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/david-r-collins-writers-conference/

Join us for three days of inspiration, writing, and community at The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. While usually held on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, the Conference will be held virtually again in 2021. Here, you can develop your writing working with award-winning authors in a variety of genres, and get publishing tips, one-on-one critiques, and pitch a manuscript, all for an affordable price. We also have a keynote event and master class (both featuring Allison Joseph in 2021), a faculty reading and participant open mic, a faculty book sale, networking opportunities, and lots of Midwestern hospitality.

For it's 16th year, the David R. Collins Writers' Conference will again meet virtually in 2021. Each workshop meets for 90 minutes each day, 4.5 hours over three days. We will be offering five workshops in 2020, including: poetry (led by Gale Marie Thompson); personal essay/memoir (led by Lyz Lenz); short fiction (led by Joe Meno); and the novel (led by TBA). We also have a faculty reading and an open mic for participants; pitch sessions for writers to present manuscripts to our own MWC Press; one-on-one manuscript critiques with Conference faculty; luncheons; and a keynote event on June 24, featuring Allison Joseph, who will also lead a master class on Friday, June 25.


Featured Writers Include:

Allison Joseph - 2021 Keynote Speaker and Poetry Master Class

Lyz Lenz - personal essay/memoir

Gale Marie Thompson - poetry

Joe Meno - short fiction

And more TBA!


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


401 19th St
Rock Island
Illinois, United States

Midwest Writing Center

Mission: Fostering appreciation of the written word, supporting and educating its creators.

Tag line: Write more light into your life.

The Midwest Writing Center helps writers develop their craft, find audiences, and participate in a writing community where they can learn and grow in a supportive environment. Through public readings, workshops, critiques groups, contests, publications, and partnerships, MWC enriches the community with its emphasis on literary arts and education, supporting and encouraging writers and readers to take on a writing habit that will enrich both their appreciation of the written word and enhance their own quality of life.