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Publishing Institute

About the event

Join fellow writers while exploring the many facets of publishing. Learn more about query letters, custom publishing, writing communities, and landing your first book deal.  Plus, practice pitching your project with an agent.

Writing is a solitary pursuit, so it’s important to seize opportunities to network with other writers and learn from professionals. Members of the English faculty organize the Publishing Institute to inspire and support creativity among local writers.

Past speakers

We are honored that nationally-acclaimed writers, speakers, poets and publishers have join us for this event.

  • Dasha Kelly, recently awarded the City of Milwaukee’s Artist of the Year award for 2016, will channel her storytelling techniques in performance, spoken word and written poetry for her presentation “Poets and Poetry in our World.”
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard the author of 20 books for adults, young adults, and children, whose first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, (1996) was called by USA Today “one of the most influential books of the past 25 years.” Her subsequent novels and stories have been nominated for and/or won many awards, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Walkabout Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bluebonnet Prize.
  • Dean Bakopoulos, award-winning author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, is the founding director of the Wisconsin Book Festival and is a creative writing professor at Iowa State University
  • Bridget Birdsall presented “How Self-Publishing Led to Finding an Agent and Healed My Soul."
Thank you to all in attendance at the 2016 Publishing Institute.  Please view highlights and testimonials of past events:

Questions?  Please contact Karen Murray,, (414) 930-3359.

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

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