Weekend With Your Novel

November 4-6, 2016 — Registration is open!

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Have you started a novel and could use some help finishing it? Have you completed a draft and are daunted by the revision process? If so, this weekend is for you! Intensive sessions with successful novelists and experienced teachers and editors designed to help you take the next step with your novel, whether it’s the first step or crossing the finish line.

At a glance

What: Annual retreat for novelists

When: Nov 4-6, 2016

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI (Sat)
Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison, WI (Fri/Sun)

Cost: Varies. Click here for details»

Questions? Contact Christopher Chambers at christopher.chambers@wisc.edu or 608-262-5095

Something for every writer

This annual retreat for novelists is new every year, with a weekend’s worth of valuable tips, techniques, and inspiration for novelists and aspiring novelists who want to start smart, revise right, and finish strong. Our goal is to help you finish and publish your novel.

With 15 sessions and 6 optional manuscript critique workshops, this intensive and fun weekend is a thorough, hands-on boost for any novel writer. You can sign up for only 1 day or 1 workshop, or more.

Get revision tips and techniques from professionals on starting, completing, revising, and marketing your novel. Our workshop leaders are all experienced published writers, teachers, and editors with a wealth of experience.

Friday sessions

  • Reading as Writers: In Love With Jerzy Kosinski
  • Rewriting Your Life
  • Keynote Address: Agate Nesaule (author of In Love with Jerzy Kosinski and Woman in Amber)
  • Reception

Saturday sessions

  • Rewrite Your Life: A 7-step Process for Writing an Experience-based Novel
  • He Said/She Said: All About Dialogue
  • Making a Scene
  • Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Clichés
  • Basing Your Novel on Real Life: How to Let Go of the Facts
  • Sure, Show Don’t Tell, But . .
  • The Non-Linear Path To Novel Publication
  • Creating Your Brand as a Novelist

Saturday luncheon

Enjoy a delicious and relaxing lunch overlooking beautiful Lake Mendota. Network with other writers and discuss the morning sessions. Includes vegetarian and vegan options.

Sunday session

  • Creating Your Brand as a Novelist

Critique group workshops

Receive feedback on ten pages of your manuscript. Each workshop is facilitated by one of our experienced writing instructors and is limited to 6 participants. This year’s group leaders: Christine DeSmet, Ian Graham Leask, Angela Rydell, Laurie Scheer, Tim Storm, Christopher Chambers. Space is limited. Register by October 7 to reserve a place.

Make this the year of your novel!

We look forward to seeing you in November!

– Christopher Chambers, director, christopher.chambers@wisc.edu, 608-262-5095

P.S. The fall weekend retreat is an ideal warm-up for those of you pitching to agents at the Writers’ Institute in Madison in April 2017.

Get complete details about our program agenda, workshop content, critique sessions, and speakers, as well as fees, location, lodging, logistics, and more.