Writing and Publishing

Enjoy creative writing classes with your favorite Madison College faculty via live web meetings!

Creative Writing

Explore the possibilities of writing for fun and publication. Practice specific writing skills that enhance descriptive language usage, story telling, and exposition. Classroom activities include discussion of styles, grammar usage, and imagery as well as the art of writing for fun. This is an individualized course designed to meet the needs of the beginning or advanced writer. Weekly assignments for critique expected.

Do you have an idea that you know would make a great movie? Perhaps you’ve even written a few pages of script but didn’t know where to go next? This class is for you. In this course we will dive into the fundamentals of screenwriting and learn the art of professional cinematic storytelling. With industry expertise, we will harness that elusive beast “screenplay structure,” and make it work for us, exploring character, dialogue, outlining and more. In a short time you will be well on your way to creating an exciting and powerful story. Write your screenplay today.

Ramp up your writing with an online writing adventure. Each week, you will be provided with a writing prompt, with room to adapt to your own preferred genre and style. In the following week’s online class, we will share and discuss our work and processes. Also, you will have the chance to receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students in a workshop setting. What to expect: writing both in and outside of class, lively discussions, workshop opportunities, and a supportive environment. Our goal? Generate new work, connect with other writers, get out of your comfort zone, and have a blast! And bonus–since this is an online class, you can be almost anywhere and still participate. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

In this course, you will study the history of children’s literature and discuss strategies for making narrative, conceptual, and wordless books. You will also work on writing and polishing your own manuscript with two rounds of professional critique from the instructor. By the end of the course, you will gain knowledge on next steps for either submitting to the publishing industry or for self-publication.

Professional Skills

Grant writing is an important craft that empowers seekers to pursue funding for projects to address a wide variety of needs in our society. This course will teach new grant writers how to write successful proposals, providing an overview of the core components of all grant proposals. Students will learn to develop a submission timeline, find funding opportunities, research grant opportunities, brainstorm and plan, write proposals, develop budgets and supplemental documents, and learn to pitch ideas. Basic business and report writing skills required.  

Business Writing for Success

Learn to write to make the best first impression. Be recognized as ready for the next step in your career through clear and concise communication. Employers place clear and concise communication skills at the top of their list when evaluating job applicants. This course will provide you with tips and techniques to quickly elevate your writing skills for success.  


Use the links above to find a class and register online or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.