Weekend With Your Novel: Critique Group Workshops

They fill up fast, so reserve your spot today!

Critique group workshops focus on YOUR craft issues that stand between you and publication. Editors and agents tell us they know within just a few pages whether a manuscript is “right or ready, or not.” You learn by listening to and participating in the discussion on all the writers’ manuscripts in each group. A group critique conducted under the guidance of an experienced instructor provides you an in-depth, professional feedback experience.

Enroll in as many critique groups as you wish. Open to workshop enrollees only. Register by calling 608-262-2451. This year’s critique group leaders: Christopher Chambers, Christine DeSmet, Kristin Oakley, Angela Rydell, Kathy Steffen, and Tim Storm.

What to send and where to send it

Please email your first 10 pages as an attachment in one of these 3 formats: Microsoft Word, a Rich Text File, or a PDF.

Please email your material as soon as possible, or at least 2 weeks before your group meets. If enrolling later than Oct. 17, please email us first about availability of spots in the groups.

Pages must be in standard format, double-spaced (not 1.5 spacing, no cheating, please), 12-point Times New Roman typeface, with 1-inch margins. For this workshop, you can use the whole first page instead of dropping down to start the text. Please add your name to the header in the upper left, and page numeral upper right. If you’re using extra space between each paragraph, please eliminate that to save spaces. An extra space between scenes is standard; please use that double-space between scenes.

Please also email up to a half-page, single-spaced summary of your book’s plot. Please state what genre you’re working in. Examples of genre: mystery, mainstream/literary, Young Adult fantasy, romantic suspense, historical, fictionalized memoir.

Email your submission to Laura Kahl, laura.kahl@wisc.edu or send by postal mail to: Laura Kahl/Novel Weekend Critique, 21 N. Park St., 7th floor, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

Email addresses are shared within each critique group but not beyond that. Our lists are never shared with any outside folks.