Weekend with Your Novel: Success Stories
Weekend With Your Novel Success Stories
Recognition and publications by past participants:
Daniel Holland, Milwaukee, participated in our 2014 UW-Madison Continuing Studies Weekend With Your Novel program and enrolled in our Literary Magazines 101 course in 2015. His new memoir Death Wins All Wars: Resisting the Draft in the 1960s details his involvement as an activist in the 1960s draft resistance movement.
Chapters highlight his memories and current reflections on events such as draft board raids as well as the legal adventures that followed: indictment, arrest, arraignment, defending himself at trial, and sentencing. A surprise ending is followed by an afterword contemplating our personal responsibilities for peace.
Sarah J. Carlson, Fitchburg, Wis., is following last year’s stellar debut in the Young Adult arena with a second book coming out from Turner Publishing Company in May 2020 called Everything’s Not Fine. Sarah said, “I wanted to give acknowledgement to all the support I received from the UW Continuing Ed writing program.” Sarah has attended Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat in June, the fall Weekend with Your Novel, and the spring Writers’ Institute conference where she made it to the success panel with her first YA novel, All the Walls of Belfast. Everything’s Not Fine features Rose, 17, who aspires to be a famous artist like Frida Kahlo, but Rose’s life unravels in a big way when she finds her mother dying of a heroin overdose on the kitchen floor. Check out more details on this Goodreads page.
Panic River (Calumet Editions), a novel by Elliott Foster, St. Paul, Minnesota, is receiving great reviews. The novel follows the story of Corey Fischer, a middle-aged man whose past and present struggles converge on him as he unexpectedly finds himself at the family cabin in northern Wisconsin during deer hunting season, heading into the woods with his spouse, both of them carrying loaded guns as long-kept secrets and betrayals are slowly revealed.
The San Francisco Book Review gave it a 4/5 star-rating and called it a “fascinating read about love, tough love…engaging and entertaining.” Midwest Book Review said “powerfully evocative, thought-provoking.” “Courageous…a page turner,” said Emilio Degrazia, Minnesota Book Award-winning author of Billy Brazil
Elliott worked with Angela Rydell in her critique workshop at the Fall 2018 edition of the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Weekend with Your Novel.
D.B. Kennison’s novel, Still Life, was published by Samhain Publishing (2015). Darlene Kennison lives in Monroe, Wisconsin.