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Publishing Institute

Join fellow writers for a day-long event exploring the many facets of publishing.  Learn more about query letters, custom publishing, writing communities and landing your first book deal.  Practice pitching your project with an agent and hear from Dean Bakopoulos, whose Summerlong: A Novel is being acclaimed as his breakout novel. His keynote, "Unstoppable Stories: From Hamlet to the Hungry Caterpillar" will address the nuts and bolts of narrative and structure and writing clear, powerful stories.  

Event Schedule

Friday, September 25, 2015 (Free event)
Madison writer Bridget Birdsall will speak on How Self-Publishing Led to Finding an Agent, Healing My Soul.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stiemke Hall, Mount Mary University (view map)

  • 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.:  Check-in, Stiemke Hall 
    • Coffee, rolls and networking with fellow writers.
  • Full schedule and event details to come!
About the Keynote:  Dean Bakopoulos
Dean Bakopoulos

Author of the award-winning debut novel Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, Dean Bakopoulos delivers his third novel, Summerlong: A Novel, to critical acclaim. This daringly funny and heartbreakingly sad exploration of the simmering tensions beneath the surface of a contented marriage plays out over the course of a long, hot summer.

Dean was the founding director of the Wisconsin Book Festival and is a creative writing professor at Iowa State University and at Grinnell College.

Learn more about Dean at:

 Ann Angel

Ann Angel is the author of Janis Joplin, Rise Up Singing, the 2011 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner and Adopted Like Me, My Book of Adopted Heroes. She writes articles, nonfiction books and short stories for adults, and fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Ann was contributing editor for Such A Pretty Face, Short Stories About Beauty and is contributor/editor for the upcoming anthology, Things I’ll Never Say, Stories About Our Secret Selves. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and directs the English Graduate Program at Mount Mary University.

Registration Information

Registration will open on May 15, 2015. Please check back at that time to register. Thank you for your interest! We invite you to join us for Writers on Writing, April 14, 2015.

Questions?  Please contact Karen Murray,, (414) 258-4810, ext. 395.

Sponsored by the Master of Arts in English Program at Mount Mary University. 

Special thanks to Red Oak Writing for planning and promotional support. 

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