Weekend With Your Novel: Critique Group Workshops

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Manuscript Critique Workshops provide a personal critique experience for a small number of writers who seek honest and supportive feedback and an opportunity to develop critical reading and critiquing skills. Each Critique Group Workshop is facilitated by one of our experienced writing instructors and is limited to 6 participants. This year’s group leaders: Christopher Chambers, Christine DeSmet, Ron Kuka, Ian Graham Leask, Kristin Oakley, Angela Rydell, Laurie Scheer, and Tim Storm.

Selet a workshop, register, and submit 10 pages of your manuscript by October 15. Each participant will receive up to 5 manuscripts to read and critique. At the scheduled Manuscript Critique Workshop at Weekend With Your Novel, the workshop leader and the other participants discuss each manuscript using the traditional workshop method. Writers receive comments, constructive criticism, and suggestions for revision, as well as written critiques from the workshop leader and the other participants. Writers not only receive valuable feedback on their writing from a group of serious readers and writers, but also develop critical reading skills, critiquing skills, and etiquette for use in critique groups of their own.

The Manuscript Critique Workshops are limited to 6 writers per group.

Critique manuscript guidelines

  • double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins, aligned left, unjustified
  • 12-point Times New Roman or similar typeface
  • title and author’s name on first page
  • last name and page number in header on subsequent pages
  • electronic file name: author’s last name + “[last name of group leader]_critique group”: e.g., “Smith_Chambers critique group.”

Include a brief synopsis (up to 250 words single spaced) on a separate page with the manuscript; if the excerpt is not the first ten pages, indicate where in the novel it occurs. Click here for 5 steps to writing a perfect synopsis» Email your manuscript as an attachment (MS Word, RTF, or PDF) to Laura Kahl, laura.kahl@wisc.edu, by October 15 with the subject line “Novel Critique: [leader’s last name]”.


Friday, Nov 3, 1:30-4:30pm

  • Christopher Chambers FULL
  • Christine DeSmet FULL
  • Angela Rydell FULL
  • Laurie Scheer FULL
  • Heather Luby AVAILABLE

Sunday, Nov 5, 9am-12pm

  • Ron Kuka FULL
  • Ian Graham Leask FULL
  • Kristin Oakley FULL
  • Tim Storm FULL