June 27, 28, and 29, 2019
St. Ambrose University
McCarthy Hall
518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa

The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference is back! With five three-day workshops, book pitches with multiple publishers, author luncheon, concluding luncheon, free evening faculty reading, and keynote event, there’s something for everyone! Register before June 15th to receive the early bird discount.

*Brochures for the 2019 Conference will be available soon.*
Please call MWC at 309-732-7330 for more information.

Download a scholarship application for the DRC Writers’ Conference here. We offer scholarships to students, veterans/active duty service members, and those with financial need.


Please register via PayPal below. A new browser window should open where you can see your selection in the PayPal shopping cart. if you have any issues registering online, please call MWC at 309-732-7330 and we will be happy to take your registration over the phone.

For details, including workshop description and faculty bios, click here.

Everyone is also invited to our Conference Social on 6/28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Faculty Reading and Book Signing later that night from 7 to 9 p.m., both at Rozz-Tox.



PLEASE CALL RYAN COLLINS AT (309) 732-7330, OR EMAIL HIM AT mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org. THANKS!

STEP 1. Registration Fee

If you are taking workshops and/or signing up for a pitch, you MUST pay the non-refundable registration fee, which includes Saturday’s Mary Foster Concluding Luncheon.

You do not have to pay the fee if you are only attending free events (6/27 and 6/28), or are attending either or both of the luncheons (6/28 and 6/29). 

Registration Type
Concluding Lunch Attendance (included with Registration Fee)

STEP 2. Workshop Selections 

Please choose either the full conference registration (4 workshops) for the first PayPal menu…

Full DRC Conference Registration (4 workshops)
Workshop preference 8:45am
Workshop preference 10:30am
Workshop Prefernce 1:45pm
Workshop Preference 3:30pm

OR, if you are not registering for the full conference, please skip the full registration PayPal button and proceed to the second PayPal Menu below to select individual workshops, up to 3…

Choose Number of Workshops (up to 3)
Workshop Preference 8:45am
Workshop Preference 10:30am
Workshop Preference 1:45pm
Workshop Preference 3:30pm

STEP 3. Practical Publishing Luncheon – Friday 6/28 (optional)

Luncheon featuring a discussion about independent publishing, led by Steve Semken, author and owner/publisher of Ice Cube Press.

Publishing Luncheon 6/28
$17. (Optional):

Dietary restrictions?

STEP 4. Mary Foster Concluding Luncheon (optional)

Mary Foster Concluding Luncheon 6/29 – Cost of Mary Foster Concluding Luncheon is included in your registration; please just indicate whether you plan to attend of not. Cost is $17 if you are only attending the luncheon and you have not paid registration free. (Optional)

June 29 Conference Concluding Lunch
Dietary restrictions?

STEP 5. Pitch Sessions (optional)

Pitch Sessions – Scheduled during the allotted times prior to the first day of the Conference. $15/pitch. See registration table (Optional):

Select Publisher You Would Like to Pitch

STEP 6. Room Accommodations (optional)

If you need lodging on the SAU campus during the Conference, please select the number of nights and dates using the table below. Dorm rooms are $42/night. If you have questions/specific needs for the dorm rooms, please contact MWC (Optional):

Room Accommodations at SAU
Notes about Room Reservation?

Conference Sponsors:

Modern Woodman of America,
Founding Sponsor of the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference

The Figge Art Museum

St. Ambrose University English Department


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