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Celebrating Your Writing, Your Voice

2023's Premier Midwest Writing Conference

  • Two days to deepen your craft and build your network with 27 award-winning presenters and panelists
  • Network with your literary colleagues
  • Visit the heartland of Southeast Wisconsin
  • Come away with at least one mind-blazing nugget of literary wisdom

2023 WWA Fall Conference!

Theme: 75 Years of Success Stories

Date: October 6-7, 2023


  • Downtown Waukesha - Oct 6
  • Brookfield Conference Center - Oct 7


  • Registration LINK

“Join me in keeping the 75 years of Success Stories flowing. Realize your writing goals and dreams through keynote presentations, workshops, agent pitches, fabulous networking opportunities and more.
This is the premier Midwest writing conference.

– Laurie Scheer, Writing Mentor, former Director-UW-Madison Writers’ Institute, WWA Board Member


    Friday Sessions

    Arrive early to secure your spot in one of the incredible break-out sessions. Space is limited and it's first come/first served so don't miss out! Check out all that Friday has to offer HERE. These sessions are no cost and do not require you to create any new account for signing up.

    See the full schedule for both days HERE.

    Extra Offerings

    Please select offerings during registration. A separate registration email will be sent. Due to limited capacity all offerings are "first-come/first-served" basis.

    Ask an Agent - $20

    • Tina Purcell Schwartz
    • Kara Grajkowski
    • Kira Henschel

    Master Class with Hank Phillipi Ryan - FULL

    Crafty in the Kitchen with Chef Pam - Canceled due to low attendance

    Keynote Speakers


    HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 15 psychological thrillers, winning the genre's most prestigious awards: five Agathas, five Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She’s also investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, winning 37 EMMYs. National book reviewers call her “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her newest is the page-turning standalone THE HOUSE GUEST – a story of psychological manipulation exploring the dark heart of marriage and friendship. Publishers Weekly says, “Ryan is a master of suspense!” and the Library Journal starred review calls it "Binge-worthy.” Watch for ONE WRONG WORD coming in 2024

    CHRISTINE DESMET is an author, writing coach, scriptwriter, and past longtime Distinguished Faculty Associate of writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She writes the Fudge Shop Mystery Series and Mischief in Moonstone Series, both set in Wisconsin. Her memberships include Wisconsin Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Blackbird Writers Group, and Writers Guild of America. Christine is a member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Women's Fiction Writers Association

    See the full list of Conference Speakers HERE

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