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.
The Great River Writer’s Retreat Contest will open for all writers on January 1, 2023 and close on May 31, 2023. The retreat dates for 2023 are July 25-31, 2023 at the Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, IL.
For young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about writing and creative expression, the Midwest Writing Center offers the innovative Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program. This selective seven-week program will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 5 through July 26, 2023. Applications are due Monday, May 15, 2023.
MWC is partnering with Illinois Humanities to present free poetry workshops for K-12 students on Saturday, April 29 at the Rock Island Public Library.
These workshops will be divided into two age groups: grades K-6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and grades 7-12 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. They will be hosted at the Midwest Writing Center by Executive Director Ryan Collins. Food and drinks will be provided.
This event is free and open to students in grades K through 12, but space is limited.