College of Arts and Sciences

The Fred Case & Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence

Distinguished national writers of poetry and fiction visit the campus of Western Illinois University each year through the generous gift of Lola Austin Case and Fred Ewing Case. Visiting writers teach workshops and seminars to creative writing students, offer public readings of their latest works, and help create an environment which nurtures budding writers.

Case Writers are in residence for periods ranging from two weeks to an entire semester. Individual tutorials as well as seminars are available for creative writing students.


Current Case Writers:

All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of English, The Fred Ewing and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Fred Ewing and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence presents Kaveh Akbar, Khadijah Queen, & Ruben Quesada for a Poetry Reading and Q&A Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 3:00pm (Sherman Hall Auditorium) and 5:00pm (Taylor Hall downtown next to Sullivan Taylor)

Poetry Reading SP18

The Fred Ewing and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence presents Ben Percy, Steven Dunn, Keith Lesmeister for a Fiction Panel Discussion and Q&A Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 3:00pm (Sherman Hall Auditorium) and Reading March 6th, 5:00pm in Taylor Hall downtown (next door to Sullivan Taylor).

Writers Ad SP 18

Past Case Writers-in-Residence