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Midwest Writing Center Hosting Free Writing Nights

October 4th, 2023
Midwest Writing Center Hosting Free Writing Nights

This fall, The Midwest Writing Center and the Young Emerging Writers will host Wednesday Night Free Writes: free open writing get togethers every Wednesday in September & October 4-6pm for middle & high school students. The Midwest Writing Center looking to grow the community of terrific young writers in the QC & help students continue to develop their work. Need a quiet space to write? Looking to meet other student writers? Wanting feedback on your writing? Come on down & bring friends! They will have staff on hand to offer writing prompts & activities, lead workshop groups,... Read More

Young Local Artists In The Spotlight Today At Rock Island’s Schwiebert Park

September 16th, 2023
Young Local Artists In The Spotlight Today At Rock Island’s Schwiebert Park

The future of the Quad-Cities arts scene will step up to the stage as young artists from throughout the area are featured in the Quad Cities Youth Music & Arts Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Schwiebert Park in downtown Rock Island. The second annual event is free and features nearly 100 of the area’s most talented young artists, musicians, dancers, poets and more. It’s also a testament to the resilience of the idea, and the desire to showcase young local talent, according to coordinator Greg Hipskind, owner/director of QC Rock Academy. “Last year’s inaugural event was... Read More

Illinois Great River Writers Retreat Scribes Holding Program In Rock Island

September 1st, 2022
Illinois Great River Writers Retreat Scribes Holding Program In Rock Island

The Midwest Writing Center is proud to present the winners of the Great River Writers’ Retreat from both 2021 and 2022 as they share their work and current projects for a live reading. Jo Ivy Young and Jeffrey Wolf will be sharing some of their experiences and reading from the projects they will be working on during the retreat on September 1st at 5:30 pm in the Rock Island Public Library (401 19th St, Rock Island, IL 61201) Community Room on the second floor. Please join us to celebrate Young and Wolf’s talents, as well as the retreat itself, which has proved a profound resource for fostering... Read More

Dick Stahl’s ‘My Cancer Chronicle’ Book Release Party Today At Rock Island’s Augustana College

June 12th, 2022
Dick Stahl's 'My Cancer Chronicle' Book Release Party Today At Rock Island's Augustana College

MWC Press, the publishing imprint of the Midwest Writing Center, is honored to announce the publication of My Cancer Chronicle, the final book of poems from the former Quad City Poet Laureate and long-time Davenport Central High School teacher Richard “Dick” Stahl (1939-2020). A special release party will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wallenberg Hall on the Augustana College campus, Rock Island. It is free and open to the public. MWC Press is working with Stahl’s family to bring this harrowing and powerful lyric narrative that documents his cancer experience, from initial diagnosis to... Read More

NAMI Offers a Program at Davenport Public Library

May 4th, 2022
NAMI Offers a Program at Davenport Public Library

The Davenport Public Library to host NAMI to present Journaling for Mental Wellness on May 12th |Fairmount |Virtual at 6:30pm. Did you know that writing benefits your mental health? Join us for this unique program about writing for your mental health. Counselor Christina Wassenhove will cover the mental health benefits of writing and why she highly recommends it to the individuals she works with. There’s plenty of scientific evidence that proves journaling reduces stress, improves memory, and helps you regulate emotions. Christina will show you grounding techniques used in journaling. Writer... Read More

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