Several of my writing friends spent a long weekend at the 25th annual Madison Writer’s Institute. Sadly, I couldn’t go. But the notes and posts from those who could are rolling in. For a taste of the best writer’s conference in the Midwest, take a look at Mary Lamphere’s post,

She’s  not the only one raving happily about the talks from authors and agents, the workshops on craft and business, the networking and the fun. It sets a high bar for next year, but we all expect institute organizers Laurie Scheer, Christine DeSmet and the rest of the crew at to outdo themselves — again.