Novelist Mary Howard wins 2016 Great River Writer’s Retreat, Reads at MWC on Sept. 7th

Great River Writer’s Retreat Winner Mary Howard to Give Reading at Midwest Writing Center Sept. 7

Mary Howard author photoMidwest Writing Center would like to invite the public to enjoy a free reading by its Great River Writer’s Retreat contest winner, novelist Mary Howard, on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m.

The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Iowa and Illinois across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.

Mary Howard will be spending a week (September 3-9) concentrating on her writing at Benet House in Rock Island, Illinois. She will celebrate his experience in the area and share some of the writing she worked on during the retreat at the reading, which will take place at Midwest Writing Center on the third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street in Downtown Davenport, Iowa. Light refreshments will also be served.

The finalists for this year’s Great River Writer’s Retreat are: LeVan D. Hawkins, Audra Kerr Brown, and Misty Urban


discov the bodyt _ COVERMary Howard began her writing life as the author of short stories that appeared in magazines such as The Georgia Review, The Ontario Review, and Ms.. She lives in Ames, Iowa, where she advised art and design students in The College of Design at Iowa State University for seventeen years, which inspired her to write novels with visual artists as main characters. Two of them have been published, Discovering the Body by HarperCollins and The Girl with Wings by Culicidae Press.

Her current work-in-progress is the story of a young dancer who at the age of six saw her beloved, and deceased, Grandpa Henry in a scary fever dream. She absolutely believed he had really been there to save her life, and in her twenties has not lost her openness to ghostly visitations in her dreams. Mary’s goal for the Great River Retreat is to bring humor into that manuscript while completing one more chapter of this latest suspense novel.


The Great River Writer’s Retreat is generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center