DAVID R. COLLINS WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
June 22-24, 2023
David R. Collins Writers’ Conference
Augustana College – Rock Island, IL
June 22, 23, and 24, 2023
(all times CDT)
The Quad City’s Longest Running Writing Event Returns to Augustana College!
After twenty-plus years, the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference (formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Writers’ Conference) will return to the campus of Augustana College this summer, June 22-24. Featuring our stellar Conference Faculty (Kali White VanBaale, Keith Pilapil Lesmeister, Jesus “Chuy” Renteria, and Rebecca Wee) leading three-day workshops, participating in a Community Conversation keynote event, and holding a public reading. We’ll also be hosting community book fair on Saturday, 6/24 for local/regional authors, publishers, booksellers, and more.
Public Events – David R. Collins Writers’ Conference
Keynote Event: Community Conversation featuring Writers’ Conference Faculty
Thursday, June 22, 6pm – 8pm at Figge Art Museum (225 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA)
Public Reception at 6pm, Keynote Event at 7pm
For this year’s keynote event, the Conference faculty will start a conversation MWC will be continuing in a series of events throughout the year by responding to a simple question: Why is writing important?
They will give their individual responses, to begin a conversation among themselves, and then attendees will be invited to join via Q & A. The event will start with a reception from 6-7pm, and the Community Conversation will start at 7pm.
Conference Faculty Reading and Participant Open Mic
Friday, June 23 at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL)
Social at 6pm, Faculty Reading at 7pm, Participant Open Mic at 8pm
Join us at Rozz-Tox to hear Conference faculty reading their work. Followed by an open mic for Conference participants. Free and open to the public.
Community Book Fair
Saturday, June 24, 10am-4pm at Gävle Hall (in the Gerber Center for Student Life, Augustana College, 3435 9 1/2 Ave. Rock Island, IL)
Book fair for local/regional authors, publishers, booksellers, and more. Registration fee not required to participate in the books fair. Tables for participants are $10, or two for $20. Free and open to the public.
For more information about the Writers’ Conference, please contact Ryan Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 309-732-7330, www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/david-r-collins-writers-conference/
The 2023 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 Regional Development Authority; Illinois Humanities; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; Augustana College; the Figge Art Museum; and Rozz-Tox.