The annual spring Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp, held May 2016, garnered wonderful reviews from the 13 participants.
Participating author Jennifer Rupp, who recently landed a literary agent for her Scottish Highland romance manuscripts, summed it up well:
NIP Bookcamp provides a rich and varied community of writers — published authors, newbies like me, editors, publicists, agents, writing instructors — everyone with open arms ready to embrace, share, and take you to a higher level of understanding the business of writing. Thank you Dave Rank, Lisa Lickel, Phil Martin, and SJ Rozan for creating an ideal week of learning, writing, and retreating.
The week-long program included great sessions on book marketing and platform building and pitching work to literary agents, with presentations and pitch sessions with book marketing agency director Lynn Wiese Sneyd and Red Sofa Literary agents Laura Zats and Jennie Goloboy.
Participants included emerging novelists from South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona (two writers), with the rest of the participants coming from Wisconsin and Illinois.
Hats off (or in Wisconsin-ese, “We doff our cheeseheads”) to New York–based mystery novelist SJ Rozan, whose pearls of teaching wisdom, literary excellence, humor, and sharing of insights from years of experience making her living as a novelist was again the overall highlight of the program.
An intensive program, the Bookcamp combines instruction from experienced writers and editors, direct feedback and coaching on works in progress, and a strong community of supportive writers eager to help each other make positive progress on their manuscripts.
The addition of a writing retreat option to the Bookcamp was well received. Three writers participated, and feedback was very good. This option will be continued in coming years, giving writers a chance to be part of the week-long community and focus on their writing, with direction from mentor Lisa Lickel, without participating in the instruction and in-depth manuscript critique elements of the main Bookcamp program.
Mark your calendars! The 2017 Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp is scheduled for May 7–13, at the ever-lovely Cedar Valley Center set in the rolling hills of West Bend, Wisconsin.