The Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat is an intense, 6-day, 6-night, full-immersion workshop-retreat for writers in all genres working on a novel or creative nonfiction book. Whether you are working on your first novel, an Indie author, or an established writer looking for someone to bounce ideas off of, the Bookcamp will help you advance your manuscript and provide timely advice to get your work published.

Space is limited, and there is a discount to register early. Only the first 13 registrants are guaranteed a single room. Additional, double rooms are available.

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 15 to 21, 2016, 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, all spa services are optional on your own dime and time.

The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp is sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA), co-sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association (CWA), and receives additional support from our Creative Co-Sponsors.

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 have first-choice privileges and receive a registration fee discount, as do members of CWA.

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-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.