UWM: Award-winning authors announced for UWM Writers Festival

Nationally known authors of diverse genres, editors and a literary agent will share insights and inspiration at the Ninth Annual Spring Writers Festival, March 4-6, at the UWM School of Continuing Education, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Highlights include keynote speakers and award-winning authors: David Rhodes, author of “Driftless;” Kao Kalia Yang, author of “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir;” Jane Hamilton, author of “The Book of Ruth,” “A Map of the World” and “Laura Rider’s Masterpiece.”

At the conference, area writers have the opportunity to improve writing skills, build confidence, understand the publishing world, meet agents and connect with a passionate community of writers.

“A great part of being in our ninth year is knowing how many past participants have improved their craft and gotten published after coming to earlier festivals,” said Anne O’Meara, festival director. “Some will be presenting on panel discussions and in workshop sessions this year.”

Each day includes lectures, workshops, manuscript reviews and panel discussions on how to improve writing, write for specific genres, pitch ideas to agents or editors and get published.

Sessions take place from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. The cost of the festival is $269 for the weekend and includes meals.

For the full lineup of speakers and topics, and to register, visit sce-writersfestival.uwm.edu .


Anne O’Meara, [email protected], 414-227-3311

Katie Zapfel, [email protected], 414-227-3147

About the School of Continuing Education

As one of 12 schools and colleges that comprise the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, SCE meets the needs of participants through an assortment of courses, programs and workshops. With 19,000 participants each year, SCE is the largest provider of noncredit continuing education in Southeastern Wisconsin. Its mission is to generate knowledge and learning opportunities for individuals who are interested in developing professional skills in business, technology, and human services, enriching their lives with classes in the arts and humanities, and/or simply looking for a new intellectual challenge.