Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat
Immerse yourself in hands-on mini-workshops, critiques, and time to focus on your writing. Choose from a dozen 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 13-17, 2016 • 9:30a-12:30p each day
Who: Taught by leading educators and writers from UW-Madison and across the country
CEUs: Continuing education credits available, including optional graduate credits in English. See fees & credits» for more information.
Questions? Contact Christine DeSmet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-3447
Our writers get published!
Theodore Wesenberg’s story, “Cadillac Ranch,” can be read in the December issue of ASU's Superstition Review. He’s also recently placed stories in Sleet, Memoryhouse, and Midwestern Gothic while working on his MA at Northwestern University.
To hone his writing, Theodore enrolled in UW-Madison Continuing Studies online courses and attended the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat. His instructors have included Angela Rydell, Laurie Scheer, and Kathy Steffen.
Also, MaryAnn Moenck’s poetry chapbook, Bees in the Attic, comes out this spring from Finishing Line Press. She attended Write-by-the-Lake in 2011 and worked with Angela Rydell on her poetry. MaryAnn credits the workshop with enriching her skills and enabling her to see her poems through the reader's eyes. In 2012-2013 she was awarded participation in the Loft Mentor Series at the Loft Literary Center.
Looking for inspiration from other writers who have signed deals, gotten published, and won awards? Read more Success Stories here»
2016 sessions and speakers
1. NEW! Through the Competition: Hands-On Workshop to Make Your Novel Pop to the Top, with Lori Devoti
2. NEW! Stories That Matter: Creating the Resonance That Publishers Crave. A Workshop for Novelists, Memoirists, and Short Fiction Writers, with Tim Storm
3. Your First Novel: Fast and Finished!, with Kathy Steffen
4. NEW! The Literary Memoir – Show, Tell, Muse, with Coleman
5. Richer Nonfiction Now For Writers of Essays, Short Memoir Essays, Blog Material, Stories, with Amy Lou Jenkins
6. Turning Your Life Experiences Into an Inspiring Book: Mystic, Mistress, Master, with Julie Tallard Johnson
7. Writing Compelling Creative Nonfiction Books, with Brad Schreiber
8. The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre, with Laurie Scheer
9. NEW! Section 9, Inside the Box, Outside the Frame: Writing Poetry Your Way, with Marilyn L. Taylor
10. Writing Short Fiction, with Christopher Chambers
11. Master Class: Your First Fifty Pages, with Angela Rydell
12. Master Class: Finish, Polish, Publish, with Christine DeSmet
How it works and what we offer
Choose the one session you're most interested in. Limit of 15 participants per session unless noted. (Master class #11 has a limit of 8 participants, master class #12 has a limit of 6.)
Sessions 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," director of the fall “Weekend with Your Novel,” and coordinator of “Critique Services” for writers.
Thank you for your interest in Write by the Lake!