Building A Solid Base: Getting Your Fiction Off On The Right Foot
Featuring Writer-In-Residence Nickolas Butler

July 19- 22

 Credit: Jeff Rogers

Credit: Jeff Rogers

Whether it's crafting a well-written short story, or creating a compelling first chapter to your novel, this workshop is geared towards working with writers to best build their best starts.  Internationally best-selling novelist and short story writer Nickolas Butler will provide personal feedback on stories or novel starts combined with practical advice for beginning and aspiring writers.  

Special features of this writing retreat include:

  • Guest visit from novelist Peter Geye (Wintering, etc.)
  • Q&A with Nick on his current work.
  • A  free reading for friends

Writer-in-Residence Biography: 

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the international best selling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, a collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards.  He is the winner of France's prestigious PAGE Prix America, the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award, the 2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, the 2015 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award, and has been long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel and short-listed for France's FNAC Prix.  His short stories, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in: PloughsharesThe Kenyon Review OnlineThe LumberyardThe Christian Science MonitorNarrativeSixth Finch, and several other publications. He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children.

Click here to give Nick's work a read, and here to give it a listen.

Retreat Cost: 290.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals by Forage/drinks courtesy of The Brewing Projekt, complimentary copies of Barstow & Grand and Wisconsin People & Ideas)

RetreatCost and Dual Occupancy On-Site Lodging (shared bath): 440.00 ((includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals by Forage/drinks courtesy of The Brewing Projekt, complimentary copies of Barstow & Grand and Wisconsin People & Ideas)

Application Fee: 12.00

Writing Sample Length: 10 double-spaced pages (maximum)

Deadline: May 1