Great River Writers Retreat

Great River Writer’s Retreat Winner Misty Urban to Give Reading at Midwest Writing Center Sept. 6

Midwest Writing Center would like to invite the public to enjoy a free reading by the Great River Writers Retreat contest winner, fiction writer Misty Urban (Muscatine, IA), on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m at the MWC offices at the Rock Island Public Library.

The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.

Misty Urban will be spending a week (September 2-8) concentrating on her writing at Benet House in Rock Island, Illinois. She will celebrate his experience in the area and share some of the writing she worked on during the retreat at the reading, which will take place at Midwest Writing Center on the ground floor of the Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th St. Rock Island, IL. Light refreshments will also be served.

The finalists for this year’s Great River Writer’s Retreat are Chanell Ruth (Chicago, IL) and Ellie Schoenfeld (Duluth, MN).

Bio:

Misty Urban’s debut short story collection, A LESSON IN MANNERS, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. A second collection, THE NECESSARIES, was a semifinalist for the Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. Her short fiction has appeared in various literary journals and won prizes from The Atlantic Monthly, New Letters, Writers at Work, and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. She has also published works of medieval scholarship, with a collection of essays titled MELUSINE’S FOOTPRINT forthcoming from Brill, and she hosts femmeliterate.net, a website for women in/and/of books. Urban holds an MFA in fiction and a Ph.D. in Old and Middle English Literature from Cornell University, and she coordinates the Writing Center at Muscatine Community College. She lives in Muscatine, Iowa, where she is at work a historical novel.

Author photo credit: John LaBella

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The Great River Writer’s Retreat is generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center

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**NEW for 2017 — The Great River Writers Retreat will accept applications from writers currently residing in Minnesota and Wisconsin, in addition to writers from Illinois and Iowa!**

The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.

2017 Great River Writers’ Retreat Contest

“The week I spent at the Great River Writers’ Retreat was amazing. I got more accomplished during the retreat than I’d dared to hope, completely revising one manuscript and drafting several poems to include in a new one. Whether I was walking the paths of the 90 acres of land behind the monastery, reading in the library overlooking the lake, or writing at my desk in my room, my solitude and work were encouraged and protected. The nuns were kind and hospitable, and I felt very welcome. I am so grateful to the Midwest Writing Center for the gift of this time to reflect and write.” 

2010 Retreat Winner, Ann Hudson

The winning Iowa or Illinois writer will receive a 7-day/6-night residency, from September 2nd through 8th, 2017, at the Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, Illinois, a travel stipend, and an invitation to read to the literary community of the Quad Cities. The public reading of their original work will take place on September 6, 2017 at the Midwest Writing Center at 7 p.m. 

The application must include a cover page, proof of residence in IL, IA, MN, or WI (photocopoy of driver’s license, utility bill, etc.), your resume and/or CV (listing publications and any relevant work experience), a statement describing the project you intend to work on while at Great River Writer’s Retreat, and a 10-page sample of your work (poets: 10 pages of poetry, one poem per page; fiction and nonfiction writers: 10 pages of a short story, essay, novel excerpt or other work, accompanied by a brief synopsis if necessary). The work sample should be taken from writing done within the last 3 years.

**Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017**

You can pay the application fee today via PayPal 

Great River Writers’ Retreat Reading fee



 or pay over the phone with a credit card by calling 309-732-7330

If paying by check, please make payable to: Midwest Writing Center

Applications can be sent via USPS or via email: 

Midwest Writing Center
c/o RIPL
401 19th St. 
Rock Island, IL 61201

mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org 

The Midwest Writing Center is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and follows its contest ethics guidelines.

Generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center

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