Weekend With Your Novel: Critique Group Workshops

Limited space—enroll now to reserve your place!

The Critique Group Workshops provide a personal critique experience for a small number of writers who seek honest and supportive feedback on their manuscript, and the 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: Christine DeSmet, Ian Graham Leask, Angela Rydell, Laurie Scheer, Tim Storm, and Christopher Chambers.

Select a workshop, register, and submit ten pages of your manuscript at least 2 weeks before Weekend With Your Novel. The workshop leader distributes the submitted manuscripts to the participants. Each participant will receive up to 5 manuscripts to read and critique. At the scheduled Critique Group Workshop 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 each of the participants. Writers not only receive valuable feedback on their writing from a group of serious readers and writers, but can also develop critiquing skills and etiquette for use in critique groups of their own.

The Critique Group Workshops accommodate up to 6 writers with a maximum of 10 manuscript pages per person. Email your manuscript as an attachment (MS Word, RTF, or PDF) to Laura Kahl (laura.kahl@wisc.edu) by Friday, October 21. Please format manuscripts in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins.

To register, call 608-262-2451.