2022 David R. Collins Writers’ Conference — Early Bird Discount on Registration Ends June 7!

Collins Writers’ Conference Faculty Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the outstanding faculty of the 2022
David R. Collins Writers’ Conference:

Jennifer Colville – Short Fiction
Gina Franco – Poetry
LaTanya McQueen – Novel
Chuy Renteria – Memoir

Keynote Address & Master Class from Ross Gay

Registration is open now! Scholarships available for students, veterans/active duty service members, and those with financial need. Click here for to register today!

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*A Note on the 2022 Collins Writers’ Conference Format*

We are currently planning for a hybrid format for this year’s Conference —we will host participants at the Rock Island Public Library for those who want to attend workshops in-person, but all workshops will be available remotely via Zoom. Some of the instructors will be in-person, while others (including the keynote and the master class) will be leading their workshops remotely via zoom. MWC staff will be online to facilitate the Zoom and in-person to help with tech and make sure the hybrid format runs smoothly. For those attending in person, masks are encouraged.

If you have questions about the format, technical needs, or anything else related to the Conference, please contact us at mwcqc@mwcqc.org | 309-732-7330


Other Conference Highlights:

Conference Keynote Reception
Figge Art Museum (225 2nd St. Davenport, IA) & Livestream on Thursday June 23, 7:00 p.m. CST.
Join us at the Figge Art Museum for the reception or via livestream for the Keynote Address by Ross Gay.
Free and open to the public.

Conference Faculty Reading
Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL) & Livestream on Friday June 24, 7:00 p.m. CST.
Join us at Rozz-Tox or via livestream for the Faculty Reading and Participant Open Mic.
Free and open to the public.

Book Pitches
Ten minutes to pitch your book to Jodie Toohey from Legacy Book Press and/or to representatives from MWC Press. Pitch times will be scheduled with authors in advance of the Conference. Cost is $15, and pre-registration is required.

Registration is open now! Scholarships available for students, veterans/active duty service members, and those with financial need. Click here for to register today!

The 2022 David R. Collins Writers’ Conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and grantors: Modern Woodmen of America, Founding Sponsor; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; the Rock Island Public Library; the Figge Art Museum; and Rozz-Tox.