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After Editing Q-C Anthology, Prolific Author Will Teach Personal Essay Workshop

August 31st, 2021
After Editing Q-C Anthology, Prolific Author Will Teach Personal Essay Workshop

There are over 475,000 stories in the six-county Quad-City region, but just 45 people will have their reflections of 2020 published in a new anthology – edited by the busy author/editor Misty Urban of Muscatine – called “These Interesting Times: Surviving 2020 in the Quad Cities.” It will be released (full disclosure: I’m one contributor) in late September by the Midwest Writing Center Press. Urban, a three-year member of the Rock Island-based MWC board, is an award-winning writer who has two new books out (including her first novel), and is teaching a new MWC series, “Crafting the... Read More

Midwest Writing Center Receives $10,000 Emergency Poetry Grant

August 13th, 2021
Midwest Writing Center Receives $10,000 Emergency Poetry Grant

The Rock Island-based Midwest Writing Center is proud to announce receiving a $10,000 emergency operations grant from the national Poetry Foundation. These funds will be used to create and maintain accessible programming throughout the Covid pandemic. The Poetry Foundation opened an emergency grant program to support poetry and affiliated art organizations struggling during the pandemic, as an extension of its commitment to community in June 2020. The Foundation committed $1 million in emergency grants over two years at that time, and can now report this has doubled to $2 million in emergency funds... Read More

SPECTRA Lives At Rozz-Tox, Offering Poetry Readings And Music

May 20th, 2021
SPECTRA Lives At Rozz-Tox, Offering Poetry Readings And Music

SPECTRA Lives! Finally, an outdoor #SPECTRA reading! Join us at our natural home, Rozz-Tox,  2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island, on May 22 at 7:30pm for a beautiful and much-anticipated live reading! Featured readers Beth Roberts, XH Collins, and KayLee Chie Kuehl! Stay tuned for info on limited open mic spots! Reading followed by a DJ set from Pat Stolley! Rozz-Tox window will be open for all the delicious eats & drinks! *Masks + social distancing in place & masks required to enter to use the bathroom* Free & open | Donations Appreciated Stay tuned for more info! #mwc #mwcqc #midwestwritingcenter... Read More

Need To Be Mindful Of Your Mental Health? Check Out This Program With Midwest Writing Center

March 13th, 2021
Need To Be Mindful Of Your Mental Health? Check Out This Program With Midwest Writing Center

Journaling for Mental Health, presented by NAMI and the Midwest Writing Center, will be presented Monday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. CST Online, via private Zoom meeting Cost is $10 suggested donation (split between NAMI and MWC); free For more information, please visit: http://www.mwcqc.org/nami-mwc-mental-health-journal-workshop/ Maintaining our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical health; this has perhaps never been more true than it has been during the pandemic. Writing, specifically journal writing, is one way to nurture your mental health while expressing yourself.... Read More

Hoop It Up, Journal It Up, Blues It Up, And More With Your FUN10!

March 7th, 2021
Hoop It Up, Journal It Up, Blues It Up, And More With Your FUN10!

It’s Sunday, and QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. FUN10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, running every Sunday, only on your site for fun, free, local... Read More

Local Author Salvatore Marici Hosted by the Davenport Public Library

January 30th, 2021
Local Author Salvatore Marici Hosted by the Davenport Public Library

Salvatore Marici and Davenport Public Library invite you to a bold and rising celebration of place, elements, smells, taste, a transformation of mundane into magic. Join us Monday, February 1st at 6:30 pm and board into an evening of intermingling fantasy, nightmares, science, good times, and the realities of our journeys through enhanced senses as Sal performs poems from his collections of three books along with newer works in his upcoming 2021 collection. This program will be held virtually using GoToMeeting. Information about how to join is listed below. Local Author: Salvatore Marici Mon,... Read More

MWC Press Releases Debut Novel by X.H. Collins During Livestream Event Today

October 15th, 2020
MWC Press Releases Debut Novel by X.H. Collins During Livestream Event Today

Flowing Water, Falling Flowers by Xixuan Collins, a new tome from Midwest Writing Center Press + Xixuan Collins, will be released during a livestream from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight on Zoom and Facebook Live. The event is free. Local book fans are invited to join MWC  for the release of Xixuan Collins’s debut novel, Falling Water, Falling Flowers. The event will include a reading from the book, conversation between Collins and author Misty Urban, Q+A, and giveaways. Email sarah.elgatian@mwcqc.org to RSVP to the Zoom event! Xixuan was born in Hechuan, Sichuan Province, China, grew up in Kangding, on... Read More

Chinese-American Writer in Bettendorf Releases Debut Novel

September 17th, 2020
Chinese-American Writer in Bettendorf Releases Debut Novel

A native of China, Xixuan Collins has lived in Iowa since 1997, but has only written in English since 2015. Her debut novel, “Flowing Water, Falling Flowers” from the Rock Island-based Midwest Writing Center Press, will be released in October. “I’m still not sure I actually have the confidence even now as a writer,” Collins, 52, said recently. “But I have taken a lot of workshops through MWC and have learned a lot about the craft of writing fiction. Through MWC, I also met some amazing writers and writing instructors, and their encouragement and affirmation have helped me greatly. “I... Read More

Iowa and Illinois Offer Relief Funding for the Arts

May 13th, 2020
Iowa and Illinois Offer Relief Funding for the Arts

Relatively few Quad-Cities artists and arts organizations have received Covid-19 relief funding from Iowa or Illinois, and both states are proceeding in their next round of grant awards. Illinois Humanities recently gave out 24 emergency relief grants (of $2,500 each) – including the Rock Island-based Midwest Writing Center and Bishop Hill Heritage Association. These general operating (non-project) grants aim to help smaller humanities organizations throughout Illinois to weather the current pandemic. “Especially in this moment of duress, Illinois Humanities is proud to support not-for-profit... Read More

Midwest Writing Center Hosting Young Writers Studio

February 14th, 2020
Midwest Writing Center Hosting Young Writers Studio

The Midwest Writing Center will host Young Writers Studio for young writers in the Quad Cities at their offices on the ground floor of the Rock Island Public Library Downtown branch on the third Thursday of each month in 2020. Dates are Feb. 20, March 19, April 16, May 21, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Studio is a new casual writing workshop/critique group for young writers in and around the Quad City area. The YEW Studio is an extension of MWC’s successful Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program, which is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2020. All... Read More