Winter 2018 Face-to-Face Class



Saturday Fiction Critique Group (Full)

Eager for stimulating feedback from an experienced teacher and fellow writers? This juried workshop offers detailed, practical group critiques for writers working on short fiction or novels. The small size guarantees personalized attention to your writing project. Includes frequent feedback, up to 12 pages per submission ($4/page if you want to submit more), plus an intensive craft talk each meeting. Limit: 6 writers. To apply for consideration in future sessions: Submit 3 pages from a work-in-progress, and a short one-paragraph bio (include experience in writing courses & workshops–online or face-to-face–and/or publications) to ajrydell at wisc dot edu. Feel free to email me for more details. (And if a writer misses a Saturday, you’re still encouraged to submit work if you’d like, and to read your peers’ work and send comments.)

  • Fall/winter session dates TBD, Dec-March. We’ll schedule dates based on participants’ schedules.  Cost: $290 (5 meetings, up to 12 pages per session).
  • Where: Angela’s house, 217 E Sunset Ct, Madison, WI.



Annual Summer Writing Retreat

Write by the Lake, UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ annual summer writing retreat, is home of my Master Class “Your First Fifty Pages” again this year. Polishing pages for an application is a good way to get more serious about your novel. It’s a win-win situation, because even if your writing isn’t Master Class material just yet, when you send your pages, I’ll offer a bit of feedback on your submission, and suggest a class that’s better fit.

Master Class: Your First Fifty Pages

Today, more than ever, you must lure your reader with your opening or risk losing him forever. Page one is the first of many hooks. When agents and editors love your query or opening three pages, they often ask for more—the first fifty pages. Find out what must feature in those early chapters to inspire the words, “Send me the whole thing!” Apply by sending a synopsis, first five pages (standard manuscript formatting), and short bio to me directly. Here’s a link for more details: Write by the Lake.

  • When: June 11-16, 2018• 9:30a-12:30p each day
  • Where: Pyle Center
  • Cost: $495


Online Critique Groups and Courses


I also periodically offer interactive critique salons for novelists, flash writers and poets. Each provides an online community for active, passionate writers want to share work and receive constructive feedback over a designated period of time. The workshops are currently open to writers who’ve worked with me in online courses or privately. To inquire about eligibility, contact me directly (ajrydell at wisc dot edu).



I teach various online courses through UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies. Enroll any time, read & write at your own pace, & submit work whenever you’re ready. You receive one-to-one feedback on writing assignments as you work through your course material. You have a full year to complete each course.



Fiction and Nonfiction


Go to Online Learning for more online course details, including registration.