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Weekend With Your Novel

"A workshop like this makes the writing life real. From the instructors to the other writers, the group shared their stories and often received on-the-spot remedies for problems. My critique group was a gift. Laurie was wonderful in guiding us through a thoughtful and rich discussion of strengths in our opening pages. We all left ready to finish our drafts with renewed energy."

2014 Participant

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Weekend With Your Novel 2017

At A Glance

What: Annual retreat for novelists and aspiring novelists
When: Nov 3-5, 2017
Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI (Sat), Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison, WI (Fri/Sun)
Cost: $200-275. Click Here for Details
Questions? Contact Christopher Chambers at or 608-262-5095.

Time to Write!

The novel-writing retreat in the Midwest, providing professional instruction for all novelists, from aspiring to experienced. This affordable retreat is small, intensive, supportive, and all about the novel. Meet other writers and return home with a weekend’s worth of valuable tips, techniques, and inspiration. Our goal is to help you begin, finish, revise, and publish your novel.

New this year: Friday Master Class with Liam Callanan (author of the novels All Saints, The Cloud Atlas, and Paris by the Book). With 13 sessions and 8 optional manuscript critique workshops, this intensive and fun weekend is a thorough, hands-on boost for any novel writer.

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

Saturday lunch

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

Manuscript Critique Workshops: New Format this Year!

Receive feedback on ten pages of your novel manuscript in an intensive 3-hour workshop, limited to 6 participants, and facilitated by one of our experienced writing instructors. Space is limited. Register early to reserve a place.

Make this the year of your novel!

We look forward to seeing you in November!

– Christopher Chambers, director,, 608-262-5095