#GivingTuesday will kick off the Midwest Writing Center’s year-end fundraising drive on November 27 for our 2019 general operations and programming schedule, which includes our annual Writers’ Conference, Children’s Literature Festival, YEW Internship Program and Middle School Camp, and many more events and opportunities. And we’re hoping to close the year on a high note!

We asked some Young Emerging Writers alumni to talk about  about why they think MWC programs are important, and how programs like YEW have helped them achieve success in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Here’s what they had to say:

“As contributor on the first and second volumes of The Atlas, I learned that nothing is more valuable to creativity than relationships; the friends I made in the program are people I still respect and admire even today. The Atlas was my first experience in any kind of writing workshop or writer’s room, and it was the first time I had to work with such a variety of personalities to achieve a common goal. This program, more than any in my high school tenure, set me up for professional success in ways that I can still point to today.” – Samantha G., YEW 2006-2007

“I think the most important thing was that creative work has value, and I mean value here in the most tangible way. My ‘summer job’ was writing and editing and producing a journal. I think it’s HUGE — especially while these types of things are less emphasized in schools etc. — to give young people a chance to see that their creative interest has value and there is an audience for them in the world if they want to keep working at it. If people believe that art matters, they should be making sure the next generation of artists are receiving this message, and they should support YEW.” – Matthew H., YEW 2006-2007

“My time as a YEW intern helped build my confidence in my writing and my ability to offer feedback to others, which really served me well in my creative writing workshops at college and continues to help me in my position as a student, researcher, and instructor. The YEW program is a great opportunity for young adults who want to get hands on experience with workshopping, collaboration, and publication – all skills that are not only marketable, but invaluable for anyone with an eye towards a future related to writing. I’m extremely grateful that I had the chance to participate in this program!” – Becky H., YEW 2011-2012

“As for my time as a YEW intern, the most valuable things I gained from that experience were an ability to talk about writing and critique in a useful way, a sense of community with my fellow interns, and, because I was part of the program for three years, I was also given some opportunities for leadership. Support for the YEW program is crucial because this experience is something that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else in this area. There’s a wonderful balance between guidance and freedom in the creative process as a YEW intern.” – Heidi S., YEW 2011-2013

“I look back on my time with YEW constantly. I didn’t realize at the time just how special that opportunity was, and I’m forever grateful I was able to experience it. It was the first time in my pre-adult life that I felt as if I was actually taken seriously for my writing. I cannot stress enough how beneficial the program was for me going into college – I watched so many classmates struggle from the extreme jump of writing in high school to writing in college and seem lost. That preparation of learning to workshop, being paid for my work, seeing what goes into editing and designing, reading in public, attending writing conferences – I don’t think I would have had the confidence to pursue writing in college without it. For the first time, I was being given work to read that I actually liked, I felt like I was heard as a writer for the first time – and it created a measurable improvement in the spirits and writing of my interning peers… Inspiring and encouraging young writers in a way that doesn’t minimize their pain, their craft, their work, their passion, is in such short supply, and that’s why people should care about this program. You guys have got it figured out.” – Amanda K., YEW 2015

Please consider a contribution to MWC between #GivingTuesday on 11/27/18 and the end of the year as part of your year-end giving, or as a gift to family or friends who are writers and/or lovers of the written word—all donations $25 and up will receive 1-year memberships, or membership renewals, to MWC.

We had a a fantastic response to last year’s campaign, and we hope this year we can match or exceed that response. Thanks for considering Midwest Writing Center in your end-of-year charitable donations.

Making a Year-End Donation to MWC


  1. You can send your donation via USPS to our office:

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

2. You can call us at (309) 732-7330 and make a donation over the phone.

3. You can make a donation online using the PayPal link below:

Thank you again for your continued support of MWC and our mission. We look forward to another year of new opportunities and continued success, and wish you and yours the best in the new year…