David R. Collins Writers’ Conference
June 25, 26, and 27, 2020
St. Ambrose University | McCarthy Hall
518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa

Online registration for the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference coming soon!

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.

For more information please email MWC, or to register via phone,
please call MWC at 309-732-7330.

Thursday, June 25 at Figge Art Museum
(225 W. @nd St., Davenport, IA)
VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m. | Public Reception: 6:30 p.m. Keynote Address: 7:30 p.m.

MWC is thrilled to welcome award-winner author and Quad City native Lyz Lenz to be the keynote speaker for our 2020 Writers’ Conference. Lenz will appear at a special event at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA on Thursday, June 25, and will lead a master class at St. Ambrose University on Friday, June 26. 

Lyz Lenz’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and others.

Her book God Land was published in 2019, through Indiana University Press. Her second book Belabored is due out from Bold Type Books on August 11, 2020. Lyz’s essay “All the Angry Women” was also included in the anthology Not that Bad edited by Roxane Gay. Lyz received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She lives in Iowa with her two kids and two cats and is a columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Schedule for Conference Keynote Events with Lyz Lenz
Thursday, June 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. VIP reception, Community Gallery
                                   6:30-7:30 p.m. – Public reception, Community Gallery
                                   7:30-8:30 p.m. – Keynote Address, Q and A, Book Signing

Friday, June 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Master Class at St. Ambrose University (campus location TBD)  


2020 David R. Collins Writers’ Conference – Faculty

Felicia Schneiderhan – Memoir
Misty Urban – Short Fiction
Misty Urban & Kali White VanBaale – revision & publication
Kali White VanBaale – Novel
Rebecca Wee – Poetry

Course descriptions, schedule, and complete info coming soon. 

Please call Ryan Collins at (309) 732-7330 to register over the phone today, or email him at for more information.

*Downloadable PDF copy of the 2019 Collins Writers’ Conference
Brochure coming soon* 

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Conference Sponsors:

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

The Figge Art Museum

St. Ambrose University English Department


Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts