The annual 2012 David R. Collins Writers’ Conference put on by Midwest Writing Center will be June 28-30 at St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

Attendees can meet writers from around the Midwest, learn from best-selling authors, pitch manuscripts to publishers and have their work critiqued by conference faculty. A new feature is a book fair that will offer space for all authors to display, sell and sign books for a $20 rental fee.

Topics include the art and craft of the novel, very short fiction, storytelling and the art of memoir, literary collage and poetry. A luncheon on June 29 will feature author Steve Semken, who will speak on the topic, “Why Would Anyone Want to be a Writer?” Cost for the luncheon is $15. Semken will offer a free workshop on “Writing With the Elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Just a Little Bit More” from 7-8 p.m. June 28 at Midwest Writing Center, third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport.

Full conference tuition is $200 before June 14, $225 after that. Cost to attend a single workshop is $65 before June 14, $75 after that. A nonrefundable registration fee of $30 for Midwest Writing Center members and $40 for nonmembers is due at registration. The registration fee includes the conference lunch.

Manuscript critiquing by a conference faculty member is available for $35 for up to 10 pages of a manuscript submitted by June 12. Writers can participate in a 10-minute pitch session with Semken, publisher of Ice Cube Press, for $25.

The book fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose. A free, open reading featuring conference participants and faculty will be held at 7 p.m. June 29 at Bucktown Center for the Arts.

For conference workshop descriptions, instructor biographies and to register, visit www.midwestwritingcenter.org or call 563-324-1410.

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