General Info

 On Thursday, April 4, registration opens at 7:30am and stays open until 7pm. On Friday, April 5, registration hours are 7:30am until 7pm and Saturday, April 6, registration starts at 7:30am and is open until noon. Refreshments are available at 8am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and are included in the fee.

 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, early-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 planning and packing.



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


Session registrations

All instructor sessions are open and you do not need to pre-register for them.

You are asked to pre-register with extra fees for these sessions: Pitch Clinic, Agent/Editor Q & A sessions, Speaker Q & A sessions, Poem or Page Contest Entries, Writing Doctor appointments, Right Here, Write Now Sessions, Advanced Manuscript Critiques, Agent pitches, Practice Pitch sessions and Master Classes.

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Session room assignments

Most presentation sessions happen on the 2nd floor of the Madison Concourse Hotel. Agent Pitches on the first floor and Critiques and Agent/Editor Q & As on the sixth floor. You will be given a conference schedule with room locations and a map of the hotel within your PDF information and at Registration per request.


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Participants earn 0.6 CEU Friday or Saturday, 0.3 on Sunday (total 1.5). A CEU is a nationally recognized way of recording your participation in noncredit professional development.



The University of Wisconsin–Madison programs are approved toward re-licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.



You’ll receive parking information with your enrollment confirmation. The Madison Concourse hotel offers an indoor parking garage. The rate is $10 per night if you are an overnight guest.  If attending the conference on a daily basis, the rate is $1.50 per hour up to a maximum of $17 per day. Additional parking is available across the street at the State Street Capitol ramp (214 N. Carroll Street).

You can also call 608-262-1122 for advice and maps. UW parking permits cost $13 per day. Some hotels offer free parking; some offer free shuttles to campus.


Visiting Madison

The Madison Concourse Hotel, the location for this year’s event is located at One West Dayton, one block from the State Capital and our downtown square and a block away from colorful State Street with many restaurants, stores, the Overture Center for the Arts and more along the way. For the family, the free Henry Vilas Park Zoo is very nice, with a nifty new habitat for endangered frogs and more. We are just steps away from the UW Madison campus. Go to for a comprehensive look at what you might do before or after the Institute.

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