David R. Collins Writers' Conference

Davenport, Iowa, United States

Jun 25 - Jun 26, 2020


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

CONTACT: Ryan Collins
PHONE: 309-732-7330
EMAIL: mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org
WEBSITE: http://www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/david-r-collins-writers-conference/

Come to the Quad Cities on the Mississippi River for three days of inspiration, writing, and community at The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference, held on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. 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 (featuring Lyz Lenz in 2020), a faculty reading and participant open mic, a faculty book sale, networking opportunities, and lots of Midwestern hospitality.

The David R. Collins Writers' Conference is in its 15th year on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Lodging is available in the dorms on campus. 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 Rebecca Wee); nonfiction/memoir (led by Felicia Schneiderhan); short fiction (led by Misty Urban); the novel (led by Kali White VanBaale); and a special revision/publication class (co-led by Misty Urban and Kali White VanBaale). 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 at the Figge Art Museum on June 25, featuring Lyz Lenz, who will also lead a master class on Friday, June 26. There will also be a book fair on Saturday, June 27.


Featured Writers Include:

Lyz Lenz - 2020 Keynote Speaker and Nonfiction Master Class

Felicia Schneiderhan - Gymnastics for Memorists

Misty Urban - Crafting Small Fictions

Misty Urban and Kali White VanBaale - The Business of Writing: Edit, Polish, Query, Submit

Rebecca Wee - Begin Anywhere: Making New Poems

Kali White VanBaale - Foundational Elements of the Novel


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


St. Ambrose University
518 W. Locust
Iowa, 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.