Are you a would-be author?
I’m wondering how many of my readers are creative writers who would like to someday publish their own books. Perhaps you’ve written some chapters of your Great American Novel but have hit a creative roadblock. The Wisconsin Writers Association may have your ticket to success.
I’ve been a member of what was previously known as the Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association for about five years. Last fall, I was elected to the board of directors. At that meeting, we changed the longtime organization’s name.
Membership dwindled in recent years as the economy tanked and writers struggled to afford our spring and fall conferences. We’ve hired a part-time executive director, however, and membership is again rising. In board meetings last month, we laid out an extensive roadmap and budget for the next year.
One priority is printing our first books in a new WWA Press, designed to publish submissions from Wisconsin authors. Members of WWA will get priority, but nonmembers are welcome to submit proposals.
Another is offering a Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp. The camp will be six days, six nights and focus entirely on your writing. It will be May 26-June 1, 2013, at Cedar Valley Center & Spa, 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
This retreat and writing workshop will help prepare your book-length project for publication, whether that means advancing your work from the outline stage to solving a plot problem or suggesting final polishing tips before you send it to agents or publishers.
The bookcamp is open to all fiction genres and creative nonfiction projects. You and fellow writers will absorb advice on skills and career building from writing experts. You’ll get concentrated instruction to sharpen storytelling skills; group critiques to improve your mastery of plot, prose, voice and characters; valuable personal writing time to work on your project; one-on-one advice; a chance to pitch your project to a professional editor or agent; and the latest information on today’s evolving publishing business.
Experts at the bookcamp will include Reed Farrel Coleman, an award-winning mystery novelist and writing instructor from New York; Dawn Frederick and Jennie Goloboy, literary agents from St. Paul; Philip Martin, an award-winning author, publisher, journalist and book doctor from Milwaukee; and best-selling novelist Karen McQuestion from southeastern Wisconsin.
Space is limited, and we’re offering a discount for early registrants. For more information, contact Dave Rank, bookcamp director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (262) 334-8790 or click on Bookcamp.
This bookcamp opportunity makes me wish I was working on another book right now. It’s one more reason why the WWA is drawing new attention. Why not consider joining us?
Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or email@example.com. Or follow him on Twitter or