Dates and Registration:

Dates for the 2018 festival will be announced soon! Registration generally goes live in mid-September. Interested in presenting a workshop? Let us know at

Where to Stay:

Hotels in Bowling Green include the Best Western Falcon Plaza (419-352-4671), Fairfield Inn and Suites (419-352-0033), Days Inn Bowling Green (419-352-1520), the Hampton Inn (419-353-3464), and Holiday Inn Express (419-353-5500). Hotels within a 15-minute drive of Bowling Green include those at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, just off US23: Holiday Inn Express Toledo South (419-931-9999); Hilton Garden Inn Toledo-Perrysburg (; and Economy Inn

Where to Eat:

Bowling Green is home to many great eateries, such as Pisanello’s Pizza, Sunset Bistro, Sam B’s, Easy Street, Stone’s Throw, El Zarape, and Naslada Bistro. There are also several restaurants in the food court of BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union, where Winter Wheat takes place.  More information on the town can be found at the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau.


To locate parking on BGSU’s campus, please see our campus map.

Prout Chapel (Thursday night) and the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Friday and Saturday) are located in the southwestern end of campus, closest to the corner of Thurstin and E. Wooster.

On Thursday and Friday, guests may use the pay lots near the Union (please look for the pay-and-display kiosks) or the Visitor lots near the stadium and Stroh Center. We will also have limited parking passes available for one of the nearby campus lots; please contact us if you will need a pass.

On Saturday of the Winter Wheat weekend, guests will be able to park in Lot E’s unmarked spaces for free. (Lot E is across Thurstin from the university).

About the Festival:

Winter Wheat, created in 2001, is a festival celebrating writers and readers, produced by Mid-American Review and hosted on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

In workshops, students, faculty, and guests from the Bowling Green community and beyond come to learn, discuss, and most importantly write. Through “keynote” readings, special guest authors read their work, sign books, and talk with Winter Wheat participants. Winter Wheat creates the ideal environment for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff, community writers, and those from other states to mingle and create new work, effectively planting the seeds of new writings for future harvest.

Winter Wheat kicks off each year with a Thursday night reading. Friday and Saturday are filled with craft-oriented sessions. Friday’s sessions begin in the afternoon and are followed by a reading by one of our featured readers. Saturday includes a bookfair, where literary journals show and sell their latest issues, and presenter’ books are available. The sessions (four time slots) run all day. There is a reading in the afternoon by one of the featured readers, followed by the annual Open Mic, with a light dinner.

Winter Wheat is sponsored by MAR, the BGSU Ethnic and Cultural Arts Program, the Creative Writing Program at BGSU, Prairie Margins, the Graduate Writers Club, the Creative Writing Alumni Fund, and donations from attendees. The festival would not be possible without our generous donors! Donations for Winter Wheat and MAR can be made online, or through checks made out to BGSU Foundation, with Mid-American Review in the Memo line. Thank you for your support!

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