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


Chicago Writers Conference 2016 registration is open!


The Chicago Writers Conference will be September 23-25 this year, and registration is now open on the CWC website. This will be the CWC’s biggest conference yet, with more agents and editors, more content, and more opportunities to pitch your work and to network. See their blog to discover which editors and agents will be there in September, and what’s new this year.

Learn how to master your genre!


Have you asked yourself any of these questions?

“How do I know my manuscript/script/poem/short fiction is done?”

“Is my manuscript ready to be sent to agents?”

“Why haven’t I heard back from the places I queried?”

“Why am I receiving all of these rejections?

If you have, then join Laurie Scheer for a week-long study of how to improve your writing AND your material at the Write By The Lake retreat June 13-17 in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin.  Laurie will be holding a seminar on how to prep your work so it’s exactly where you want it to be—whether you’re beginning a new project, you’re in the middle of writing, or near finishing your work, even if you’ve been receiving rejection after rejection—you can use this course of study to assure your future success. Here’s a link to the syllabus and more information:

 Learn how to master your genre—seats are limited so sign up now! We hope to see you at the lake this summer!