Winter Time, Writing Time

The first major snow fall appeared this weekend here in Madison and Southeast Wisconsin. One of my writing students reminds me that we should look at snow from a child’s point-of-view and embrace it with all of its magic and wonder.  Sometimes as an adult, I know I see snow and I immediately think of […]

After Thanksgiving: A Feature Article For You

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful. One of our keynote speakers, Blair Braverman has written a series of 4 articles for Outside Magazine about how to teach dogs to be brave. She is a master dog sledder and nature writer and I thought that now that after all of the turkey, shopping, and visiting […]

Welcome to a New Season

Over the past weekend the temperatures here in Madison and most of the Upper Midwest changed dramatically from a very warm Fall season of 50s and 60s to upper 20s and 30s. The new season is here and during this week of Thanksgiving I am reading Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube written by one […]

Registration is Open…

Registration is open for our 2017 Writers’ Institute! Be sure to take advantage of our Bring A Friend and Early Bird special pricing. If you register now you have your choice of agent pitch meetings and Q & A sessions (hint: those Agent Q & A Sessions fill up fast). So take a look at […]

Another excellent conference in store for you

Welcome writers! The 2017 Writers’ Institute promises to deliver a few new features and surprises along with providing our in-demand agents and quality speakers for your benefit. We are looking forward to spending the third weekend in March with you at our conference location, the Madison Concourse Hotel here in downtown Madison on the Square. […]

What To Do This Week To Prepare For Writers’ Institute

With only a few days left until the start of the 27th Writers’ Institute, there are a few things you can be doing to assure success – such as; Re-read your manuscript, memoir and/or book proposal – proofread it, be familiar with it Most agents ask for electronic copies of your work to be sent […]

What You Can Do A Week Before Writers’ Institute

We are continuing to prepare for the best Writers’ Institute and with just over a week left to go we are finishing our binders, securing all of the travel plans for our speakers and agents, and making sure critiques are prepared and sessions are ready… Meanwhile, you can continue to re-read your manuscript, memoir and/or […]

What You Can Do Now To Prepare For Our Writers’ Institute

In these last few weeks before our conference you can prep ahead by doing things like; 1.) Finish your manuscript, memoir and/or book proposal. 2.) Develop your selling materials-your logline, synopsis and verbal pitch-if you plan to pitch to agents at the conference. 3.) If you are not pitching to agents, that’s fine also, then […]

The Spring Equinox Brings New Energy

With the Spring Equinox happening this past weekend, there’s a fresh new energy in the air. We are less than a month away from our conference. This is the time to continue to prep your material, research the information about our speakers and agents and take a look at the schedule so you can plan […]