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Weekend With Your Novel

What is Weekend With Your Novel?

Weekend With Your Novel is an annual fall writers' retreat, with over 15 workshops and 150 ways to improve your novel, presented in 2 tracks (beginners and advanced) plus critique groups—all with the ultimate goal of getting you published.

Get pro-level revision tips and checklists to polish your novel and make it ready to pitch. Agents and editors look for a marketable concept and excellence in craft. This retreat shows you how to sharpen your premise, plot, style, scenes, and more.

Your workshop leaders—all authors and experienced writing mentors/coaches—focus on the “best-of-the-best” advice and techniques to save you time, heartache, and dough during your journey of writing a novel.

This weekend also helps you polish professionally for upcoming conferences, agent meetings, or indie publication.

This year's theme: Voice

Do you want to improve your voice and style? Discover and define your voice? Change your voice? Create a new character with a fresh voice?

Voice is that “something extra.” It seals the deal for writers with their readers, reviewers, agents, and publishers. Polishing your style and voice spells the difference between a sale or not, or a good review or not. Learning techniques and tips about style and voice also helps you create and design better characters, settings, and plots.

Add a critique group for a hands-on, instant makeover of your pages and watch your voice improve overnight!

Something for every level of writer

Track 1: “I’m starting out in novel writing and writing workshops.” Who benefits most from workshops in this track? You’re probably writing your first chapters, or maybe you haven’t written at all but want to start smart. Maybe you’ve written a whole manuscript that’s been sitting on the shelf for a long time and you’re ready to re-start. Or you’ve vowed to start a new novel differently and smarter this time.

Track 2: “I’m close to looking for an agent or self/indie publishing.” Who benefits most from workshops in this track? You’ve finished your manuscript or are close. You may have gone through a revision or two already. Maybe even suffered a couple of agent rejections. You’re serious about polishing and using all the advice you can get in a short time. You’ve likely taken other workshops and read several good how-to books so you know the jargon and don’t need basics explained to you. You may be looking ahead to pitching to the agents coming to the April 2014 UW-Madison “Writers’ Institute” conference.

You may attend any session, no matter what track it’s in. You may also change your mind at the last minute and attend a different workshop if you wish.

Saturday lunch and presentation: Make 'em Laugh

Don’t miss signing up for the luncheon and presentation with Tim Storm! Gather with your fellow writers and enjoy more tips about voice from a popular writer-instructor who always gives us surprises every time he presents.

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