General information

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 25th annual Writers' Institute. We are already looking forward to 2015. All information below is from the 2014 event, here for your reference.

Times, lunch, and break information
On Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th, registration starts at 8:00am. Refreshments are available at 8:00am both days, included in the fee. Please pre-register for Friday lunch, agent/editor Q & A sessions, contest entries, advanced manuscript critiques, critique groups, written critiques, agent and editor pitches, practice pitch sessions, fireside chats, and one-on-one meetings with instructors.

All instructor sessions are open and you do not have to pre-register for them.

Rooms will be posted on the 2nd floor of the Madison Concourse Hotel and listed on the schedule in your packet.

The fee for the special Friday April 4th Networking Lunch and Success Panel is $15.00. You may attend the lunch without partaking in the buffet. Please note however that no outside food is allowed at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Lunch on Saturday, April 5th, is on your own.

In the center of town, lots of things to do. Want to bring the family? www.visitmadison.com»
This year's event is at the Madison Concourse Hotel, concoursehotel.com. It's at One West Dayton, 1 block from the State Capital and our downtown square, just steps away from the UW-Madison campus, and a block away from colorful State Street with many restaurants and stores, the Overture Center for the Arts, and much more along the way. You can even rent bikes on Capital Square. For the family, the free Henry Vilas Park Zoo has perennially been named a "Best Free Place For Families."

Your fee includes goodies
Registration is $180 for Friday or Saturday/Sunday, or a $280 combo fee.

Fee includes instruction, handout materials, morning continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, afternoon refreshments, and Sunday coffee/tea. Pitches, practice pitch sessions, all critiques, the contest, Friday luncheon, fireside chats, and one-on-one meetings are extra; please see the registration form. (You must be enrolled for Friday or Saturday/Sunday in order to pitch or enter the contest.)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Participants earn 0.6 CEU Friday and/or Saturday, 0.3 on Sunday (potential total 1.5). A CEU is a nationally recognized way of recording your participation in noncredit professional development. If you are a teacher and interested in earning credits, please contact conference director Laurie Scheer.

Teachers
The University of Wisconsin–Madison programs are approved toward re-licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

What to wear
“Dressy casual” clothes and good walking shoes are the norm. Outside, early April in Wisconsin can be anything from winter to spring, the 30s to the 70s, with sun, rain, or late-season snow, so please check weather forecasts before packing.

Parking
You receive parking information with your enrollment confirmation. The Madison Concourse hotel offers an indoor parking garage. The rate is $10 per night if you are an overnight guest. If attending the conference on a daily basis, the rate is $1.50 per hour up to a maximum of $17 per day. Additional parking is available across the street at the State Street Capitol ramp» (214 N. Carroll Street).

Or call (608) 262-1122 for advice and maps. UW parking permits cost $13 per day. Some hotels offer free parking; some offer free shuttles to campus.

Childcare
Call the Office of Campus Child Care, (608) 262-9715.

Overnight accommodations—make your reservation NOW!
Lodging is on your own. We have reserved a block of rooms in 2 hotels:

Concourse Hotel» One West Dayton Street, (608) 257-6000, (parking-see above), $134.00 for Concourse Level or $179.00 for Governor’s Club until March 6, 2014.

Guest room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-in. Current tax rate is 14.5%. Please call the hotel directly at the number above or (800) 356-8293 to make reservations. Please identify yourself as part of the UW 2014 Writers’ Institute to receive special rates.

Lowell Center» 610 Langdon St., (608) 256-2621, (free parking, breakfast, pool), $89.00-105.00.

Group Code is WRITER. Please make your reservation before March 5, 2014. The Lowell Center’s reservation page can be found at http://bit.ly/writer03apr»

For more information
Contact director Laurie Scheer, (608) 265-3972 / lscheer@dcs.wisc.edu or Laura Kahl, (608) 262-3982 / lkahl@dcs.wisc.edu.