Weekend with Your Novel: Event Details

"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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Event Details


  • Option 1: Full weekend retreat + manuscript critique group—$275 (early bird) / $300
  • Option 2: Full weekend retreat without manuscript critique group—$225 (early bird) / $250
  • Add Saturday luncheon to Options 1 or 2—$15
  • Additional critique group: $75 each

How to Register

REGISTER ONLINE (pending) or by phone at 608-262-2451. Credit cards and checks are accepted.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations up to 72 hours before the conference: registration fees refunded less $50 administration fee; no refunds can be made after that time.

Location & Lodging Information

This 3-day event is held in the Pyle Center and Lowell Center in Madison. Lodging is available at the Lowell Center where a block of rooms has been reserved for Weekend With Your Novel. Use the group number/name “NOVEL” when registering at the Lowell Center. Lodging is not included in conference fees.

Lowell Center (map)
610 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-256-2621 or toll free 1-866-301-1753

Pyle Center (map)
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-262-1122


Parking is available at the City of Madison’s State Street Campus Garage at 415 N Lake Street, one block from The Pyle Center.
Map and Information

Food and Restaurants

There is an abundance of good food for every appetite and budget, including these Madison Originals restaurants, the Memorial Union, food trucks, and coffee shops within walking distance of the retreat.

Recommended reading: 2017

  • The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan
  • In Love with Jerzy Kosinski by Agate Nesaule
  • House of Large Sizes by Ian Graham Leask
  • God on Mayhem Street by Kristin Oakley

Continuing Education Units

1.3 CEUs Total Available


Do you need guidance about critique groups or which workshops to attend? Email Christopher Chambers at christopher.chambers@wisc.edu or call 608-262-5095.