Finding Your Writing Community

The criticism and camaraderie that comes when we share our work with a group of writers can jump start, propel, and dramatically change our work in ways that toiling away in our solitary garretts can’t. Judith Claire Mitchell, who at the age of 44 quit her job as a paralegal to attend the Iowa Writers Workshop and who now teaches creative writing and directs the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss the benefits of a variety of writing communities, from the degree-granting MFA to artists’ retreats to local offerings, and help you consider which may be right for you. 

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Madison WI Writer Judith Claire Mitchell

Judith Claire Mitchell is the Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at UW-Madison, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level fiction and directs the MFA program in Creative Writing. She is the author of two novels, The Last Day of the War and A Reunion of Ghosts, the latter a finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award and the recipient of the Council of Wisconsin Writers' 2015 Edna Ferber Award and the Friends of American Writers' 2016 Literature Award. 

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