Write By The Lake: Event Details

"By the time the week is done, you’ve learned so much and laughed and grown together so much that you want to keep going. You become driven after a week here."

Jabe Stafford, Lansing, MI [Referring to Angela Rydell’s section]

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Event Details: 2020

Dates and Times

June 15-19, 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm each day for most sections. New 3-day afternoon section meets 2-5 p.m. Sections for beginning writers as well as those at publication level.

Fees and Credits

Fee: $445 until May 18 for 1-5, 9-10, & 12. Goes up $50 after May 18. Section 6 is $295. Master Classes vary: $575-$950. Optional: 1-3 graduate credits in English. Graduate credit fees additional. For detailed fee and credit information, please see our fees & credits page.

Location and Lodging

Lodging is on your own. For full location and lodging information, please visit our location & lodging page.


Enrollment is limited to 15 participants per section unless otherwise noted; fewer for master classes. Ask to be put on a waiting list. For more information and to register, visit our registration page.


What to bring: We recommend that you bring your laptop or computer. Bringing a computer is not necessary if you write or print legibly for assignments during the week. We provide printing services, included in the fee.

More information: For more details about Write-by-the-Lake, contact on-site coordinator Christine DeSmet, christine.desmet@wisc.edu. For information about Madison, check the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site: www.visitmadison.com. Call (608) 255-2537 or (800) 373-6376 for free brochures and maps.


If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us ahead of time. Requests are confidential. University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX requirements.

This program is sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies and the UW-Madison Department of English.