Passion. Experience. Commitment.
Award-winning authors Susanna Daniel and Michelle Wildgen founded the Madison Writers' Studio in 2013 with the dream of bringing intimate, high-quality writing classes to a round-table setting. In our workshops, local writers develop meaningful connections with other writers and inspire and encourage each other.
Michelle and Susanna have a combined twenty years of experience teaching at the university level, and both have published award-winning novels, essays, and short stories, and hold degrees and distinctions from top-ranked MFA programs. In 2015, MWS welcomed Melissa Falcon Field, a highly experienced instructor and skilled novelist and essayist, to the team.
Susanna Daniel’s debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the 2011 PEN/Bingham Award for best debut fiction, and her second novel, Sea Creatures, is the Target Book Club selection for September 2014, and was called “a captivating, haunting novel” by Abraham Verghese.
Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Bread and Butter, But Not For Long, and You’re Not You (both available in paperback from Picador), and is the editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast (Tin House Books).
Melissa Falcon Field’s debut novel, WHAT BURNS AWAY, will be published in January of 2015 from Sourcebooks. Author Jan Elizabeth Watson called WHAT BURNS AWAY “an elegy for a lost girlhood, a study of geographical and cosmic displacement."