What is WriteCamp?
What is WriteCamp?
WriteCamp is a free, unconference designed for you to discover new ideas and connect with people who are part of the writing world in the Midwest. It’s free and open to the public — come and enjoy speakers, ad-hoc presentations, networking and food.
What’s an unconference?
An unconference is a facilitated, face-to-face, and participant-driven conference. This means that we organize WriteCamp, but the content of the conference is determined by the people who come. You decide whether you want to be a presenter and which ad-hoc presentations you wish to attend.
Who can attend?
WriteCamp is free and open to the public; therefore, anyone can attend. It is also understood that anyone who attends should feel welcome to participate in whatever way they would like, be it volunteering at sign-up, giving tours, answering questions, setting up/taking down, or even giving a presentation.
Who can be a presenter?
Anyone — we invite you to share your expertise. When you're ready, add your session here.
Where will it be?
Sign-in will begin at 9am.
Sessions run until about 5pm.
Please feel free to stop by at any time during the day!
How is WriteCamp structured?
WriteCamp revolves around four main focus areas: fiction, nonfiction, editing & publishing and the business of writing. A presenter picks a topic that fits into one of these focus areas. Then, the presenter describes the content in the forums on the WriteCamp website. Participants can discuss the topic on this page prior to the event. During the event, the presenter will discuss his/her chosen topic during a 45-minute session.
What kinds of topics can I present?
A topic should center around a single concept or opportunity relating to a focus area. For example, “creating superhero characters” in the fiction focus area or “finding an agent” in the business of writing focus area. A topic cannot promote a company or demonstrate its products.
Can we use visual aids?
WriteCamp has chosen a venue that allows for visual aids should a presenter request it. Such requests should be made on the forums or via email to the Directors so arrangements can be made beforehand.
What is the schedule for the event?
Sign-in for WriteCamp begins at 9am Saturday. Sessions start on the hour, with 4 to 6 sessions occurring simultaneously, in different areas/rooms. A session is typically 45 to 50 minutes long. Participants are welcome to employ The Law of Two Feet: walk in and out of sessions as you please. If you like two sessions happening at the same time, try to catch both. If you're not interested in a session any longer, go check out something else. That's the Camp mentality - use it to your advantage!
I want to propose a new session. How do I go about it?
You can propose a session in the Forum under the Session Discussion area. Or you can simply create a new session. Be sure to describe your session on the WriteCamp Milwaukee Session Discussion page on the website. Please explain your topic well so that people understand what they should expect from the session. Participants should feel free to voice their opinions about the topic, so the presenter can best prepare for their session come the day of the event.
How can I track if anyone has commented on a session I am interested in?
You can subscribe to the WriteCamp website’s RSS feed. Visit www.writecampmilwaukee.com and click the "Syndicate" button under the Search bar at the top left.
How can I help out with WriteCamp?
Volunteers are always welcome. Click on How Can I Help? in the navigation bar at the top of the screen for more information!