Have an idea for a book or poetry collection, but don't know how to get started? Maybe you are stuck on plot, pacing and/or character development? Or perhaps you have nearly finished your manuscript, but are unsure of when to have it edited or start pursuing publication (via the mainstream market or self-publishing)?
Make significant strides on finishing your book by joining a six-month intensive focused on writing exercises, reading, revising and learning the business side of publishing led by local author Rachel Werner. You will be immersed in resources and develop relationships key to pursuing your writing aspirations while completing a first draft.
Participants will be assigned 2 to 3 diverse novels, essay collections or poetry books to read and discuss during monthly group meetings and 1-on-1 sessions with the intensive facilitator. The intensive will also include three or four published authors and publishing professionals as special guests (either in person or via Zoom).
The boot camp will take place at two different libraries - sign up for the 6-month course at Meadowridge Library (Third Wednesday of Each Month, 6-7:45PM) or Goodman South Madison Library (Third Monday of Each Month, 6-7:45PM). Registration is limited to just 12 participants in each class.
6-Month Road Map:
- Session 1: Intros & Genres & Goal Mapping
- Session 2: The Art of Narrative
- Session 3: Character Development
- Goodman South Madison Library | November 14
- Meadowridge Library | November 16
- Session 4: Defining Audience
- Goodman South Madison Library | December 19
- Meadowridge Library | December 21
- Session 5: Group Critique
- Goodman South Madison Library | January 16
- Meadowridge Library | January 18
- Session 6: The Business Side of Publishing & Wrap-Up
- Goodman South Madison Library | February 20
- Meadowridge Library | February 22
Registration is required for this 6-month boot camp. When you sign up, you will have the opportunity to indicate if you are signing up for just the first session or the entire series. After the October session, no new sign-ups will be allowed.
There is also a Mini Book Writing Bootcamp happening prior to the series if you'd like to try out the class and get your feet wet!
September 12, 6:30-7:30PM | Virtual
Start that book you've been meaning to write! Local author Rachel Werner will lead a session on how to get started writing your book with helpful tips and advice on choosing a genre, goal mapping, creating authentic characters and more. In this Mini Book Writing Bootcamp, Werner will answer questions about the publishing process locally and provide helpful resources and book recommendations to help you along the way. REGISTER for this 1-hour virtual session to kick-start your writing!
Registration is required; all are welcome. This event is intended for ages 18+.
About the Instructor
Rachel Werner is the founder of The Little Book Project WI as well as a teaching artist for Hugo House, The Loft Literary Center and Lighthouse Writer' Workshop. She regularly contributes content to TheKitchn, Spruce Eats, Mother Untitled and Fabulous Wisconsin. A selection of Rachel's recipes are also included in the book "Wisconsin Cocktails"—and her poetry in "Hope Is The Thing: Wisconsinites On Hope and Resilience in the Time of Covid-19." Her debut science book for kids "Floods" is one of the titles in Capstone's new Wild Earth Series. Rachel is represented by Savannah Brooks at KT Literary Agency.