Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat
Join us June 26-30, 2017, for a new, expanded slate of 14 topics including Picture Book writing.
Immerse yourself in hands-on mini-workshops, critiques, and time to focus on your writing. Choose from fourteen sections in fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, and poetry. Master classes including full-novel critique. For master classes, you can only register with permission of instructor.
At a glance
What: 5 days of professional instruction for writers of all levels
When: June 26-30, 2017 • 9:30a-12:30p each day
Who: Taught by leading educators and writers from UW-Madison and across the country
CEUs: Continuing education units available, including optional graduate credits in English. See fees & credits» for more information.
Questions? Contact Christine DeSmet at email@example.com or 608-262-3447
Our writers get published!
Sweet Wisdom, a nonfiction self-help book by Angeline Haen of Sobieski, Wis., will be released in paperback and e-book versions on Feb. 15, 2017, by Shanti Arts Publishing of Maine. Angeline worked on her book in the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat with instructor Julie Tallard Johnson. Here’s the blurb: Not all wisdom is siphoned from bitter life experiences; wisdom has a sweet side. For Angeline Haen, wisdom is revealed through a natural curiosity about the mystical messages in our everyday circumstances: a van full of preschoolers, daily walks with Wally, ponderings over split-pea soup, and every pause of wonder in between. This charming and sublime book is an easy, big-hearted read, and it will inspire its readers to recognize and acknowledge the simple sweet wisdoms in their own life experiences.
2017 sections and speakers
A new, expanded array of sessions and topics to choose from plus several new instructors, as well as our back-by-popular-demand returning instructors. See the full list of sessions here»
New feature for 2017: Bonus workshop with Tim Storm
Many have asked for a Saturday workshop for additional reflection and wisdom after the week. Join Tim Storm for an exploration of the internal arc of your story, as well as the writing issues you encountered during the week. This 5-hour workshop includes critiques of 1-5 pages. Turn problems into publishable prose. Open ONLY to those participating in the retreat. All retreat writers may sign up; you need not have been in Tim's week-long program. Limit 15. See more and REGISTER here»
How it works and what we offer
Choose the one section you're most interested in. Limit of 15 participants per section unless noted. (Master Class #31 has a limit of 8 participants, master class #14 has a limit of 6.)
Sections for beginning writers as well as those at publication level.
Optional: 1-3 graduate credits in English (offered in a partnership with UW-Madison Dept. of English).
Special low fees for nontraditional credit students. Plus, some grants may be available. See fees & credits page»
Meet your director
Author and scriptwriter Christine DeSmet teaches writing online and in person. She is the director of the annual June “Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat" and coordinator of “Critique Services” for writers.
Thank you for your interest in Write-by-the-Lake!