The Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat is an intense, 6-day, 6-night, full-immersion workshop-retreat for writers in all fiction genres who are working on a novel (or a memoir or creative nonfiction book). The Bookcamp offers instruction in key aspects of writing craft, immersion in a supportive group of other writers, and presentations on publishing options and book & author marketing topics to improve your manuscript and provide essential advice to help get the manuscript on a path to publication.

Space is limited, and there is a discount to register early.

The Bookcamp’s schedule offers instruction, critique sessions, discussions on the current publishing industry, one-on-one meetings about your project, and pitch sessions with literary agents.

The next Bookcamp will be held May 7 to 13, 2017, at the Cedar Valley Center & Spa (www.cedarvalleycenter.org), which is 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and near West Bend, Wisconsin, and about 2 hours from Chicago. It can easily be reached from State Highway 41.

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. (However, any spa services are optional on your own dime and time!)

The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp is sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association (CWA). It was launched in 2014 with the help of the Wisconsin Writers Association. The 2017 event will be the 4th year of the program.

This Bookcamp is open to anyone seriously interested in advancing their writing skills and producing a quality book. Chicago Writers Association members have first-choice privileges and receive a registration fee discount.

We can accommodate about 20 registrants at Cedar Valley. Because of the space limit and to ensure all participants will benefit from the Bookcamp’s information-packed schedule, we have established an application screening process. There is no cost to apply. Once an applicant is accepted into the Bookcamp, a fee payment schedule comfortable for the registrant will be worked out, starting with a $100 deposit to reserve a room.