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for the Young Emerging
Writers Summer Internship Program are now
applications is May15
link for more information
about YEW and
Copies of The Atlas
Vol. 7 are now available!
Get your copy
of the annual literary magazine produced by
the YEW interns!
Your Family History and Memoir Workshop
Joyce Godwin Grubbs
Saturday, May 18, 2013 1-3 p.m. 3rd Floor
Bucktown Center for the
Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA
"We must continue throughout our lives to do
what we conceive to be good” Chief Black
(Taken from the Rock Island County Genealogy
website introducing genealogical groups in
It is no longer enough ‘to continue to do
what we conceive to be good’, but rather we
must preserve it. It is in the process of
writing memoirs we make that possible. In
this two hour workshop we will move our
works beyond preserving the past in memoirs.
We will explore how to forge our
genealogical findings and formatted
materials into a state of readiness for
publication. We will also embrace the basics
of 21st century memoir variations which are
emerging. Ours will be a comprehensive
exploration of the resources available to
us, as well as ways to be published in print
and online. We will examine the ways to
avoid the “pitfalls and snake oil sales”
that would ensnare us. Indeed the full 120
minutes of our time will demonstrate that it
is possible to motivate the novice, move the
“writer’s block” to fruition, and show you
which publishing route is best for your
memoirs should you choose to formalize your
Door prizes and light refreshments will be
Workshop is $10 for
members of MWC or RICIGS and $15 for all
Make check payable to Midwest Writing
Center, and send to MWC, 225 E. 2nd St.,
Suite 303, Davenport, IA 52801. You
may also call 563-324-1410 to register with
a credit card. Office hours are Wed-Fri 11-6
and Sat 11-4. Register with PayPal via the
MWC received a $5,000 match from the Community
Foundation of the Great River Bend!
Thanks so much to everyone who
contributed to the endowment challenge:
Anonymous Donor | Leah Christensen | Susan &
Ryan Collins | Pat Crozier
& Mrs. Mark Davidsaver | Craig Dahms | Shea
Doyle & Hannah Morrell
Exotic Imports | Mary Foster | Carol Gloor |
James & Carol Horstmann
& Mrs. Steven Lackey | Mary Lewis | Mr. &
Mrs. Thomas McKay
& Mrs. Gerald Meehan | Steve & Barb
& Mrs. Richard Miller | Max Molleston |
Rochelle Murray | Dr. Trisha Nelson
& Mrs. Mark Petersen | Larry Riney | Thomas
Spitzfaden | Jodie Toohey
Jane VanVooren Rogers |
Lindsey Wheeler | Jill &
Congratulations to Dr. Robin Throne--
winner of the 2013 David R. Collins Literary
Dr. Robin Throne
has made many significant contributions to
writers in the Quad Cities area and the
Midwest Writing Center in addition to her
talents as a writer,
an editor and an
educator. In her nomination letter, Dr.
Nancy Schaefer had this to say about Dr.
"Dr. Throne is a founding
member of the LeClaire writing group in
Iowa...She is a published author in her own
right, producing a chapbook of poetry, two
novels and an academic monograph, among
other things...beyond her own work she
generously mentors and supports local
writers and poets; she started and operates
her own small independent press, 918studio,
publishing and showcasing the writing of
Moreover, Dr. Throne has been a steadfast
supporter of the Center...Over the years,
she has continued to contribute to the life
of the Center in various ways, serving on
the Program and Advancement Committees, and
briefly on the Board. She started the
Mississippi Valley Chapbook contest, the
Great River Writers' Retreat, the Collins'
Poetry Residency, and served as a past
mentor for the residency. She started up
online classes, formatted a poetry book and
and for a time even blogged for MWC too. In
September 2012, she served as the docent for
the first day retreat.
influence and support extends beyond the
Quad Cities as well. A working academic, she
advises dissertations for North Central
University in Arizona and also acts as the
faculty advisor this semester for the Scott
Community College student newspaper."
link to read more about Dr. Throne in
the Moline Dispatch
Dr. Throne! The MWC & the QC writing
community are grateful for all you do!
to all of our sponsors of the 2013 Literary
County Regional Authority
Submissions for the 40th Annual
Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest now being
MVPC deadline extended until May15!
READING SERIES|SPRING 2013
Saturday, April 27th
B.J. BEST | MATT MAUCH | SHANE McCRAE
SUBMIT TO SPECTRA!
SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series is looking
for poets to open for featured readers at our events April 5 and April 27. Please send no more than 3 of your best
poems (previously published poems are accepted) in a single file
attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .otd) to
with the phrase “SPECTRA Readers” in the subject line.
Click here for more information
named one of the 2012 "Top 10 Reading Series in the Midwest"
See the complete
here. Many thanks to the good people at LitBridge!
Announcing the winner of the
2012 Chapbook Contest!
judge, Shane McCrae, has selected Apple Season
by Cindy Hunter Morgan
as the winner of the 2012 Chapbook Contest
(see Cindy’s full bio below).
We had a
terrific group of manuscripts to read and it
was wonderfully difficult to select a group
of finalists to send to our judge. Here is
the list of finalists:
The Future is a Faint Song,
Jaime Brunton and Russell Evatt
Opera on TV,
Scotch Tape World,
release date for Apple Season is
early April 2013. Copies will be available for
purchase at the MWC and on their website at
The MWC will
be renaming the contest starting in 2013 to
the Susan K. Collins Chapbook Contest, in
honor of the hard work and dedication of our
long-time Board of Directors President here
at the MWC. Susan continues to devote much
of her time and energy to the success of the
MWC and its many programs, and we are deeply
grateful for her many contributions over the
last 10+ years.
Morgan lives in East Lansing, Michigan and
teaches creative writing at Michigan State
University. She has another chapbook, The
Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker,
which won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry
Chapbook Award. Her poetry has appeared in a
variety of journals, including A cappella
The Christian Science Monitor,
Sugar House Review, and
She graduated from Albion College and also
studied at the University of Stirling in
copy of Apple Season using the PayPal link
Join us for
Out Loud Open Mic Nights at their new
Central Perk (approx. 5 block from the MWC)
We are taking submissions for
the next Out Loud Anthology now -- find
details on how to submit
QC Iron Pen
Award Ceremony: February 23, 2pm @ the MWC
Here are the winners of the
2013 Iron Pen Contest by category:
1. Mary Davidsaver
1. Frank Claudy
1. Mike Bayles
2. Ashley Allen
2. Tom Miller
2. Bill Hudson
3. Daniel Horne
3. C. Bruce Moore
3. Steve "Lanny" Biehler
Hon. Mention – Connie Wilson
Hon. Mention – Steve Robinson
Youth Poetry -- 1. Brooke Wiese
Youth Fiction -- 1. Andy Pavey
Congratulations to all of our winners &
thanks to all who participated!
Memorials for Timothy J. Curry, creator of
the Young Emerging Writers Program
Curry, master teacher and creator of the
Young Emerging Writers Internship program,
passed away at his home in Evanston, IL on
October 10, 2012. We are deeply
saddened by the loss of our friend, who
inspired a love for literature and writing
in so thousands of young people over nearly
four decades. We are honored to
continue his legacy with the Young Emerging
Writers program for many years to come.
about Mr. Curry's impact on his students in
tribute written by Felicia Schneiderhan.
Memorials for Timothy J. Curry can be made
to the Young Emerging Writers Internship
Program c/o the Midwest Writing Center.
Our dearest gratitude to his family for
including Young Emerging Writers in his
offer Creative Writing Basics Online Courses all year round!
Click here for more details
New Releases from MWC Press:
(click on the
titles below for more information on how to buy one of the
by Sandra Marchetti
Regional Winner of the 2011
Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest.
Call it A Window
by Monica Wendel National Winner of the 2011 Mississippi Valley
Black as Caviar
by Menno Wigman, translated from the Dutch by
Dr. Stephen Frech.
Click on the titles for more information and to purchase.
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schedule and your job.
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Want to help
but not sure how?
How about sponsoring a workshop? All it
takes to put on a two hour workshop is $100.
You can help decide what kind of workshop it
will be and have your name associated
with it. It can be a free workshop or MWC
can charge and keep the proceeds,
potentially doubling (or more) the impact of
your donation. Interested? Email us at
Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius Now for Sale
A brand new, republished
edition of Bix
Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius by
David R. Collins is now for sale on the MWC
Check it out!
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where they can learn and grow in a
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emphasis on literary arts and education.
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