In a nutshell, the WWA’s Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp is an intensive, 5-day, 6-night, full-immersion workshop/retreat for writers in all genres working on a novel or creative nonfiction book and led by professional writer and editors.
The intent of the Bookcamp is to help you advance your manuscript and lay the goundwork for the best path to publication.
The Bookcamp offers a full schedule of instruction, critique sessions, discussions on the current state of the publishing industry and best practices for emerging novelists, one-on-one meetings about your project, and pitch sessions with literary agents.
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The single registration fee covers all expenses: room, board, instructional classes and materials, one-on-one sessions, and all the customized advice from published professionals you can handle on your project. (For those who wish to enjoy the other offerings of the facility, spa services are optional for additional fees.)
Staff and Guest Instructors (preliminary):
Reed Farrel Coleman, Author-in-Residence & Guest Instructor
Based in New York, Reed is the author of 14 novels published in seven languages, past executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year and is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. He also has earned the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards. His short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in multiple literary publications and anthologies. Reed was co-editor of two poetry journals Poetry Bone and The Lineup, and was the editor of the short story anthology Hard Boiled Brooklyn.
Philip Martin, Bookcamp Coordinator & Lead Instructor
An accomplished author, journalist and book doctor, Phil is director of Great Lakes Literary, based in Milwaukee, where he edits and produces nonfiction and fiction titles for adults and young readers. Titles he has edited have won the national Benjamin Franklin Award (twice), Small Press Book Award for Fiction, prestigious Banta Award, and a variety of other indie-press awards. Phil is past editor for The Writer Books, affiliated with The Writer magazine, where he developed and edited many books of professional advice for writers on craft and career skills, and author of several books on writing, including How to Write Your Best Story and A Guide to Fantasy Literature.
Dawn Frederick, Owner, and Jennie Goloboy, Associate Agent
Red Sofa Literary Agency, St. Paul, Minn
Red Sofa Literary was established in 2002 by Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency. She brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; an editor for a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an associate literary agent.
Jennie Goloboy joined Red Sofa Literary as an Associate Agent in 2011. She has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. She is also a published author of both history and fiction, and a member of SFWA, RWA, SHEAR, OAH, the AHA, and Codex Writer’s Group. Her funny, spec-fic short stories appear under her pen name, Nora Fleischer.
Karen McQuestion, Guest Author
A best-selling novelist, Karen first got her career started by giving away her first book on Amazon’s Kindle in 2009. By 2010, she has seven novels published, one optioned for film adaption, and is one of the most popular authors on AmazonEncore, Amazon’s publishing division. Two of her books have been republished as paperbacks by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She will tell her amazing story of frustrated would-be novelist turned successful author during the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp’s scheduled theme day on today’s publishing industry. Originally from Milwaukee, Karen lives with her family in suburban southeastern Wisconsin.
This Bookcamp is open to anyone seriously interested in advancing their writing skills and producing a quality book, both WWA members and nonmembers. WWA members will have first choice privileges and receive a registration fee discount.
We can accommodate about 30 registrants at Cedar Valley. Because of the space limit and to ensure all participants will benefit from the Bookcamp’s information-
To apply for the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, email Dave Rank, Vice-President of the Wisconsin Writers Association and Bookcamp Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. The first two chapters or up to 25 pages of your manuscript (please send full chapters only).
2. A cover letter identifying the genre and title of your book, word length (actual or projected), the status of your book (outline only, mid-first draft, in final edit phase, etc.), your full name, contact info (address and phone number), a bio paragraph centered on your writing background, and identify any specific area of your book you will be looking for assistance (such as improving plot, adding subplots, adding depth to characters, etc.). The latter will help us tailor the Bookcamp as best we can to your needs.
3. A one- or two-page synopsis of your book. It should include a plot summary with ending, major characters, and important turning points in the story.
We will notify you within five working days if your application is accepted. At that time we will ask for a $100 deposit to secure your place in the Bookcamp. At a later date we will contact you to arrange final payment for the rest of the registration fee.
Early Registration (May 10, 2012–January 31, 2013)
• $1,426, non-WWA member, single room;
• $1,376, WWA member, single room;
• $1,399, non-WWA member, double room;
• $1,349, WWA member, double room.
To learn more about the Bookcamp or to submit an application, please email Dave Rank, Vice-President of the Wisconsin Writers Association and Bookcamp Director (email@example.com)
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