Midwest Writing Center
Fostering appreciation of the written word, supporting and educating its creators.
Serving lifelong learners between the ages of 8 and 80, the Midwest Writing Center ensures that anyone and everyone has access to the literary world. Through programs like the Children's Literature Festival and the Young Emerging Writers Internship program, the Center provides literary education for children in grades 3-12. The annual David R. Collins Writers' Conference, our writing contests, and our publications ensure that a love for the literary arts continues well into adulthood.
Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer counties in Illinois. Several of our contests and programs have a national following.
Why we deserve the makeover:
The Center directs 87% of its budget to literary arts programs and services which leaves very little funding for operational expenses. As the only non-profit in the Quad Cities entirely devoted to the literary arts, an office makeover would allow us to reach more people and spend less time struggling with old equipment. At the moment, our office consists of donated or outdated machines that often make it difficult to print or copy publicity materials or student work. Better equipment would make us an important, useful, and efficient resource for literary enthusiasts for years to come.