Conference Critique Services

CONFERENCE CRITIQUES ARE CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR’S WRITERS’ INSTITUTE. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR WORK

Wondering how your writing stacks up? Had a few rejections and want to ferret out why? Or you are just not sure where your manuscript is heading? We have two different critique services available during the Writers’ Institute weekend. They are:

 

Written Critiques & Advanced Manuscript Critiques

The way to tell the difference between these two types of critiques is as follows:

Written Critiques are just that, written only – you do not interact with the instructor who is completing the critique.

Advanced Manuscript Critiques are conducted during the conference and you meet an instructor one-on-one to discuss the instructors’ comments regarding your material that you submitted before the conference.

 

Written Critiques

UW Continuing Studies Faculty offers a confidential written critique on your pages or poems. This critique does not include any interaction with the faculty before, during, or after the conference. The feedback is provided in written form. Your material will be returned to you at the conference if we receive it by March 13, 2018. For anything received past that date we will try our best to return it at the conference, but may need to mail it afterward. Please include a self-addressed-stamped envelope with enough postage affixed to return your material if you are submitting it past the March 13th date.

Here’s what you may send and the fee:

The first 10 pages of a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript or book proposal segments, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman or Courier, $65 by March 13th/$75 after March 14th. No critiques will be accepted after March 27th, 2018.

Send your critique material to Writers’ Institute Critiques, 21 N. Park St. Room 7341, Madison, WI 53715, or email it as a Word document for PC or a Rich Text File (RTF) to laura.kahl@wisc.edu You may pick up your completed critique at the Writers’ Institute Registration/Help desk located in the Concourse Hotel (if you submitted your work by the March 13th, 2018 date).

Questions? Please contact coordinator Laurie Scheer at 608-265-3972, laurie.scheer@wisc.edu or contact Laura Kahl at 608-262-3982 or laura.kahl@wisc.edu

 

Advanced Manuscript Critique

Our instructors are available to provide you with feedback for your first 10 pages of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman or Courier). You will then meet with your instructor at the conference for 30 minutes for a personal meeting. If you are interested in this service please submit your pages by March 13th, 2018, the fee is $95.00. $105.00 after March 13th, 2018. No critiques will be accepted after March 27, 2018.

Instructors/Expertise:

Georgia Beaverson – Children’s Book Manuscripts
Valerie Biel – Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, YA
John DeDakis – Fiction
Christine DeSmet – Fiction
Matt Forbeck – Fiction, Comic Books, Game Development
Julie Tallard Johnson – Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoir
Nadine Kenney Johnstone – Nonfiction
Terri Karsten – Fiction
Ann Voss Peterson – Fiction
Lucy Sanna – Fiction
Angie Stanton – YA, Romance (contemporary or historical)
Peggy Williams – Fiction

Here’s what you may send:

• The first 10 pages of a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript, or book proposal segment, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman or Courier
• Up to 3 poems, single-spaced, no longer than one page per poem

Send your critique material to:

Writers’ Institute Critiques,
21 N. Park St. Room 7341,
Madison, WI 53715

Or email it as a Word document for PC or a Rich Text File (RTF) to laura.kahl@wisc.edu.

You will have your meeting scheduled when you register. If you miss your meeting, we will do everything possible to reschedule during the regularly scheduled conference hours, otherwise your material will be held at the Writers’ Institute Registration/Help desk located in the Concourse Hotel or mailed to you after the conference. (Please contact Laura Kahl to make those mailing arrangements.)