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."

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Weekend With Your Novel

November 1-3, 2019

At A Glance


Annual three-day writing retreat for novelists and aspiring novelists


Nov 1-3, 2019


Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI


$225-300 (More details)


Contact Christopher Chambers at christopher.chambers@wisc.edu 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.

With a Friday Master Class, 14 sessions to choose from, and 8 optional manuscript critique workshops, this intensive and fun weekend is a thorough, hands-on boost for any 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

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, christopher.chambers@wisc.edu, 608-262-5095