Your Life & Your Novel, This Year!

Registration opens today for this year’s Weekend With Your Novel, the writer’s retreat for novelists, November 4-6, 2016, in beautiful downtown Madison. Small, intensive, and affordable.

Have you ever thought about writing a novel? Have you begun writing a novel and could use advice or motivation to get it finished? Have you completed a draft and are daunted by the revision process? Or do you have a completed novel ready to market and are looking for tips on agents and publishing? If so, this weekend retreat is for you!

Regardless of where you are in your journey as a novelist, we have sessions with writers, teachers, and editors geared toward helping you take the next step with your novel, whether it’s the first step or crossing the finish line. All in a friendly, supportive environment.


Keynote speaker: Agate Nesaule, author of the memoir Woman in Amber, and the novel In Love With Jerzy Kosinski. Also featuring Jessica Lourey, author of the Murder-by-Month mysteries, Matthew Hefti, author of the critically acclaimed novel A Hard and Heavy Thing, and Aurelia Wills, author of the new YA novel, Someone I Wanted to Be, Ian Graham Leask, publisher, host of Write On! Radio, and author of The Wounded and the forthcoming novel, House of Large Sizes.

Make this the year of your novel. Join us in Madison this fall.

Sessions include:

Rewrite Your Life: A 7-step Process for Writing an Experience-based Novel

He Said/She Said: All About Dialogue

Making a Scene

Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony

What We Talk About When We Talk About Clichés

Basing Your Novel on Real Life: How to Let Go of the Facts

Sure, Show Don’t Tell, But . .

The Non-Linear Path To Novel Publication


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