Each 5th Semester program runs approximately four months, and is bookended by 4-day residencies in Chicago and NYC.

2017 Residency Schedule

Session 2 (FULL)

  • Residency I – Chicago: July 13 – 16
  • Mentorship: July through November
  • Residency II – New York: November 9-12

Special Madison-Based Session (Nonfiction only) (3 SLOTS REMAINING)

  • Residency I – September 9th (9am – 4pm, catered lunch) and 10th (noon – 4pm, mentorship meetings times TBD in morning)
  • Mentorship: September through December
  • Residency II – Dec/January (Date TBD depending on participant schedules)

2018 Residency Schedule

Session 1

  • Residency I – Chicago: January 4-7
  • Mentorship: January through May
  • Residency II -New York: May 4-6

Session 2

  • Residency I – Chicago: May 17-20
  • Mentorship: May through August
  • Residency II -New York: August 23-26

Session 3

  • Residency I – Chicago: July 26-29
  • Mentorship: July through November
  • Residency II – New York: November 8-11

Daily Residency Schedule

Residency 1: Chicago

Day 1: Arrive, Meet Mentors, Orientation, Social

Day 2: Journey to the Center of Your Story – driving questions; log lines; character wants, needs, and worldview; emotion as your story’s compass

Day 3: Premise, plot and story; narrative structure; synopsis writing; one-on-one mentorship meetings (planning for non-residency time)

Day 4: Synopsis workshop/mentorship meetings, check-out, depart

Residency 2: New York City

Day 1: Arrive, social time, casual reading of works in progress

Day 2:  The Business of Writing – current publishing landscape; query writing; promotion and social media; meet and greet with agents and editors

Day 3: Practice pitch sessions; query workshop; individual Meetings with Mentors

Day 4: Check-out and depart