Our Partnerships

The sixth annual Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat residential programs will be held May 19-25, 2019, once again at the lovely Cedar Valley Center in southeast Wisconsin. It’s time to fulfill that commitment and take your work-in-progress to the next level.

The NIP Bookcamp workshop accepts writers in any fiction genre as well as memoir or other creative non-fiction. The Writing Retreat is open to any writer looking for six days to focus on their writing.The NIP staff works with writers at any stage of the creative process.

Here’s what’s going on for the next Bookcamp workshop and the Writing Retreat:

Guest Speakers Ready for 2019 NIP

Another great cast of characters is scheduled for the next Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat, May 19-25, 2019, two concurrent residential programs for writers.

Joining our core instructional staff, SJ RozanLisa Lickel, and Phil Martin, we’ve got an exceptional list of guest speakers lined up.

Literary Agents Return

Returning are friends Jennie Goloboy, literary agent with the Donald Maass literary Agency, and Laura Zats, literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. They will be leading workshop presentations, joining our annual state of the publishing industry panel discussion, providing insight at our Thursday night Slush Pile Read, and hearing pitches Friday afternoon.

Publishing House Editor

Joining Jennie and Laura will be Terri Bischoff, former acquiring editor at Midnight Ink Publishing, which specializes in mysteries and thrillers. Terri enjoyed her first stay with us last May so much she was eager to join us again in 2019.

Registration info

Check out the NIP website, www.novelbookcamp.com, for application instructions and prices. Or contact Director Dave Rank, dave@novelbookcamp.com, 262-717-5154. Early registrants can take advantage of our installment payment plan.

"We thank the Chicago Writers Association, www.chicagowrites.org, and the Off Campus Writer's Workshop, www.ocww.info, for their support and encouragement of the NIP. Members of those organizations receive a discount to enroll in either the Bookcamp or Writing Retreat," NIP Director Dave Rank said.

Cedar Valley Center is a tranquil, 100-acre rural retreat in southeastern Wisconsin, about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, and less than a three-hour drive north of Chicago.

The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


Have you registered yet for  Let’s Just Write!
An Uncommon Writers Conference March 16-17?

This two-day event will be filled with education, networking, swag bags and other goodies.

  • Writing and Publishing and Getting Out of Your Own Way or How to Hack this Conference
  • I Bet You Think You Know What Your Book is About
  • Reading (and Writing) Your Characters' Minds
  • No-Fear Revision: From Panic to Publication
  • The Edge of Your Seat – a Cliffhanger How-to
  • Curator of Live Lit Event
  • Beyond First, Second, & Third: Effective Use of Point of View
  • Persons of Interest: Development of Fictional Characters
  • Conversation with this Award-Winning Author
  • Panel Discussion: Fiction
  • Talk is Cheap! Good Dialogue? Priceless.
  • Tips for Novelizing True Events
  • (Extra)ordinary Content
  • Panel Discussion: Fiction
  • The Fantastic Mongrel: Getting Started on Prose Poetry
  • Crafting a Killer First Page
  • Panel discussion: Meet the Small Presses

Registration is $325 for CWA members and $365 for non-members. Register today!

Visit the CWA website for details about the speakers and conference location.

Registration is $325 for CWA members and $365 for non-members. 

Register today !


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