Program Schedule

Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp
2015 Classes/Activities Schedule

Sunday, May 17 to Saturday, May 23, 2014

Registrants arrive Sunday afternoon and leave the following Saturday morning.

Note: This is a tentative schedule; open to suggestions, revisions, and requested topics by registrants.

Sunday, May 17

Afternoon, check in
5:30 p.m. – Welcome Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Introductions and Pep Talk
7 p.m. – Free/Writing Time
10 p.m. – nightly chat for those who like to stay up late

Monday, Tuesday, May 18 and 19

6 a.m. – morning chat for those who get up early
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast

8:30-11:45 a.m. – Classes
Classes will go over insights that consider the key elements of your novel in depth: character development, plot and story, setting, and voice and style issues. These elements need to work well and work together to make your novel better. The instructors will provide the professional guidance to steer emerging novelists to approaches that work well and appeal to literary agents, editors, publishers (and their marketing departments), and most of all, to readers.

Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. – Free/Writing Time
2 p.m. – Critique Groups
4 p.m. – Free Time/One-On-One Sessions

5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7 p.m. – Evening Event/or Sticking Point Solutions
8-10 p.m. – Free/Writing Time
10 p.m. – nightly chat for those who like to stay up late

Wednesday, May 20

6 a.m. – morning chat for those who get up early
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast

8:30-11:45 a.m. – Classes

Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. – Discussion – Introduction to Pitching/How to Attract an Agent
2 p.m. – Pitch writing practice
4 p.m. – Critique Groups/One-On-One Sessions

5:30 p.m. – Wisconsin Cookout Dinner
7 p.m. – Guest Speaker
8-10 p.m. – Free/Writing Time
10 p.m. – nightly chat for those who like to stay up late

Thursday, May 21

6 a.m. – morning chat for those who get up early
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast

8:30-11:45 a.m. – Classes

Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. – Guest Speaker
Followed by Panel Discussion on “Today’s Blossoming Publishing Market: Traditional Agent/Publisher, Small Publisher, Self-Publishing, Opportunities on the Internet”

4 p.m. – Pitch writing practice, if time permits
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7 p.m. – Open Mic
8-10 p.m. – Free/Writing Time
10 p.m. – nightly chat for those who like to stay up late

Friday, May 22

6 a.m. – morning chat for those who get up early
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast

8:30-11:45 a.m. – Classes or Pitch Session Rehearsals

Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. – Advice on queries, pitching techniques & and best practices for winning over agents & editors, followed by Pitch Sessions
with literary agents

5:30 p.m. – Closing Banquet; Request Comments and Suggestions
6:30 p.m. – Wrapping up the Week; Final Discussions

8-10 p.m. – Free/Writing Time
10 p.m. – nightly chat for those who like to stay up late

Saturday, May 23

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. – Wrapping Up & Looking Ahead: Your Novel’s Path to Completion & Publication

10 a.m. – Checkout, Travel

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