General Info

On Thursday, April 12th, registration opens at 1:30 and stays open until 7:30PM. On Friday, April 13th, and Saturday, April 14th, registration starts at 7:30AM. Refreshments are available at 8:00AM on Friday and Saturday and are included in the fee.


Registration Fees

Register by March 13th at a discount. Registrations received by March 13th are $325 for the full conference. After March 13th’s Early Bird rate, the fee is $375 for the conference.

If you wish to attend on Friday OR Saturday ONLY, the fee is $250 before March 13th, 2018 and $275 after the March 13th date. This fee includes instruction and morning continental breakfast on the day of your choice.

Fee includes instruction, emailed PDF of conference handouts, morning continental breakfast Friday/Saturday, and Sunday coffee/tea. Included also are the Thursday afternoon and evening sessions (not Master Class and Pitch Opening Session) and our Success Panel, Mixer Event, and Live Lit Event. You will receive your PDF of the conference the week of April 9th. Please be sure to make copies or download the conference handouts before attending the event. NO COPIES OF THE HANDOUTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SITE AT THE CONFERENCE.


Special (additional) fees

Pitches, practice pitch sessions, critiques, and Poem & Page Contest. Thursday’s Pitch Your Best Pitch Workshop, Agent Q & A sessions, Writing Doctor sessions, and Master Classes are extra and detailed on the registration form.

The fee for Master Classes with DeSmet and Chambers is $65.00 (limited to 12 attendees).

You must register for the conference in order to pitch or to enter the contest and participate in Book Day events.


No outside food

Please note that no outside food is allowed at the Madison Concourse Hotel throughout the conference.


What to wear

“Dressy casual” clothes and good walking shoes are the norm. Outside, mid-April in Wisconsin can be anything from winter to spring, the 30s to 70s, sunny, rain, or late-season snow, so please check weather forecasts before packing.



Call the Office of Campus Child Care, 608-262-9715