Fourth Lake Writing Retreat: Success Stories

"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."

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Fourth Lake Writing Retreat Success Stories

Book cover, 'Death Wins All Wars' by Daniel HollandDaniel Holland, of Milwaukee, WI published the memoir Death Wins All Wars: Resisting the Draft in the 1960s (See Sharp Press, 2019).

Book cover, Everything's Not Fine by Sarah J. CarlsonSarah J. Carlson of Fitchburg, WI publishes her YA novel, Everything’s Not Fine (Turner Publishing, 2020).

Book cover, Panic River by Elliott FosterElliott Foster of St. Paul, MN published his novel, Panic River (Calumet Editions).

Book cover: Don't Fear, My DarlingLaura Stewart Schmidt of St Louis, MO published her third novel, Don’t Fear, My Darling, with Black Opal Books (2019).
UW crest in place of book coverGreg Renz of Lake Mills, Wisconsin published first novel, Beneath the Flames, with HenschelHAUS Publishing (2019). Beneath the Flames is the story of a volunteer firefighter who goes from a tragedy on a Wisconsin farm to firefighter training in Milwaukee, where he gets assigned to the busiest firehouse in the heart of the inner city. Read about him in the Isthmus here >
UW crest in place of book coverCiaran Cooper received an honorable mention in the 3rd Annual First Chapter Contest sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association (2019) for his novel Forty Miles An Hour.
Book cover: "All the Walls of Belfast"Sarah Carlson, of Fitchburg, WI, published her YA novel, All the Walls of Belfast, with Turner Publishing (2019).
Crossing the Line book coverBarbara Belford, of Chicago, IL, writing as Bibi Belford, has published three novels with Skyhorse Publishing: the middle-grade historical novel, Crossing the Line (2017), Canned and Crushed (2017), and Another D for DeeDee (2018).
St. Mary's private dancer book coverBlair Hull, of San Jose, CA, published St. Mary’s Private Dancer, a mystery featuring a woman minister sleuth, with Apocryphile Press (2016).
The uncommitted book coverMargaret Goss, of Madison, WI, published her first novel, The Uncommitted, with Three Towers Press (2015).

Still life book coverD.B. Kennison’s novel, Still Life, was published by Samhain Publishing (2015). Darlene Kennison lives in Monroe, Wisconsin.

All of me wants all of you book coverJ. Z. Howard’s novel All of Me Wants All of You (2014) received the Inspirational/Romance Fiction Gold Award from the 2015 Illumination Book Awards.
Carpe diem, Illinois book coverKristin Oakley’s debut novel Carpe Diem, Illinois (Little Creek Press, 2014) won the Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book of the Year Award for Non-traditionally Published Fiction.
Biting Nixie book coverMary Hughes, of West Bend, WI, published her first novel, Biting Nixie, a paperback vampire tale, with Samhain Publishing (2009).