Madison Writers’ Studio Workshops

novel_photoAt the Madison Writers’ Studio, we believe that learning to read with a writer’s eye is an essential tool for writers of all levels. Through close reading, we examine what’s working and what might be improved in published and original work. Our workshops challenge writers to produce more and improve the quality of their work, no matter the skill level.

A deposit will reserve your spot and is refundable two to four weeks before your start date, depending on your workshop. The balance will be due before the first class of a session. Tuition includes reading materials, which will be provided the first day of class.

If you’d like to request a different schedule or workshop from what you see below, please contact us. To apply, please complete the online application, and we’ll contact you promptly.


Character Bootcamp

This intensive workshop is open to writers of fiction and nonfiction–short stories, novels, essays or memoirs—who want to improve their skills at creating or describing the most complex, vivid,... Read More »


Dialogue & Scene Writing Bootcamp

This intensive workshop is meant for writers of fiction and nonfiction, short stories, novels, essays or memoirs. We’ll focus on how to write fully shaped, beautiful scenes, paying special attention to our... Read More »


Advanced Creative Nonfiction

“I loved the class. I was in awe of (and totally intimidated by) the talent I was in company with. I found their pieces brave and inspiring.” –Stephanie... Read More »


Creative Writing for Teens

“The feedback was very helpful, and really helped me improve my story and my attitude toward writing as well. . . The atmosphere in the room was amazing.”

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Novel / Memoir in a Year 2017

“I want to tell you how truly thankful I am for your amazing workshops, your thoughtful feedback, and the open and nurturing environment you created. I’m super grateful.” –Curt

One... Read More »


Revise Your Novel or Memoir

If you’ve completed a draft of your novel or memoir, congratulations! That milestone is a big one—but by now you probably have realized that it is also just the... Read More »


Six Months w/ Your Novel or Memoir

“This workshop reminded me of the joy I used to feel in learning new skills and trying new things. I’ve already started the next MWS class.” –Deb

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Fiction/Creative Nonfiction

“I learned more in this class than any other writing class I’ve taken.” —Ryan

This class is for writers who want to explore various ways to tell true stories and... Read More »


Advanced Fiction Workshop

“Without being too simple – I loved it!  And yes I will do it again, and if I knew anyone who was serious about being a better... Read More »