5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to Nickolas Butler’s Fiction Writing Retreat Right Now


This summer, we’re thrilled to welcome back Nickolas Butler, who will host “Building a Solid Base: Getting Your Fiction Off on the Right Foot.”  Nick’s the author of several books, most recently The Hearts of Men. Read on for 5 great reasons to sign up for his writing retreat.

1.)   He’s an award-winning novelist!

If we were to name all of Nick’s accolades, there’s a good chance we’d break the internet.  From the PAGE Prix America Award to 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, the…okay, better stop there.  Just last week he was the recipient of the Friends of American Writers award for The Hearts of Men. If you haven’t read it, you must!


2.)   Three words: generous, generous, generous.

Ask any of Nick’s past participants about their experiences working with him, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Nick is one generous writer.  For the past two summers, he’s hunkered down with writers of all levels to ensure that they leave his retreats with a clear path forward.  Some of our fondest memories of past summers involve Nick chatting with people on the back deck, providing personalized feedback on their work.  What an honor it is to have Nick’s editorial eyes on your writing.  

3.)   Peter Geye’s the special guest! 

In addition to working with Nick, we’re excited to have a special visit from novelist Peter Geye.  Peter’s the author of several books, most recently Wintering.  Of Wintering, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo wrote, “The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy’s name was on its spine.”  Not a bad blurb!  Click here to learn more about Peter.

4.)   Scholarships!

Thanks to Dotters Books, the Sultan Family, and an anonymous donor, this summer we’re excited to offer three scholarships.  If you’ve wanted the chance to work with Nick or another writer-in-residence, but the cost proved prohibitive, this could be your chance!  Apply today, and be sure to note your interest in our scholarships!

5.)   One word: food.

Yeah, yeah, this will be our fifth reason to sign up for every retreat.  But for good reason!  Food matters!  And nothing gets writers more ready for the hard work ahead than a wonderful meal prepared by wonderful chefs. This summer, we’re proud to welcome chefs Michelle Thiede and Kristen Dexter, co-owners of FORAGE, to the Cirenaica team.  They’re bringing their cooking skills out to the lodge to ensure that we’re all always well fed. From herb roasted fingerling potatoes to cheese and red pepper risotto, there’s something for every taste bud. Click here for the full menu.

The deadline is May 1!  Submit your application this minute by clicking here!