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."

2014 Participant

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Weekend With Your Novel

October 23-25, 2020

Weekend With Your Novel is changing its name to the Fourth Lake Writing Retreat. Details coming soon!

At A Glance

What: Three-day retreat for all writers
When: October 23-25, 2020
Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI
Cost: $75-375 (Detailed cost information here >)
Questions? Contact Christopher Chambers at christopher.chambers@wisc.edu or 608-262-5095.

Time for you and your writing!

This annual retreat is small, affordable, and supportive. Meet other writers and return home with a weekend’s worth of new ideas, approaches, and inspiration—with momentum and with new writing. You’ll work with the acclaimed author of your choice in a small group over three days, with time for writing, reading, and networking. Choose from six workshops led by published writers who are also experienced instructors. Limited space.

Food and Drink

Enjoy continental breakfast Saturday and  Sunday, delicious and relaxing lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and social gatherings at the Rathskeller in UW-Madison’s historic Memorial Union on Lake Mendota. Walk to a wide variety of restaurants in downtown Madison.

Manuscript critiques

Receive one-on-one feedback on ten pages of your manuscript with a participating author. Limited availability. Register early to reserve your consultation.

Take a weekend for yourself, and for your writing this year

We look forward to seeing you in October!

– Christopher Chambers, director, christopher.chambers@wisc.edu, 608-262-5095