Fiction Writing for Children and Young Adults 2012

< Return to Workshops June 24 – July 1, 2012
Patricia Gauch

Patricia Lee Gauch

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has authored more than 40 picture books and novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Thunder at Gettysburg; This Time, Tempe Wick?; and Christina Katerina and the Box. Her most recent title, The Knitting of Elizabeth Amelia, was published in fall 2009. Patti holds a doctorate in English literature, has taught children’s literature on the college level, and has reviewed for the New York Times.

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Jilliann Sullivan

Jillian Sullivan

Jillian Sullivan has written young adult novels, collections of short stories, picture books, a book on mythology, a book on writing, and a collection of poetry titled parallel, which was recently released. Her awards include the Highlights Fiction Award and New Zealand’s Kathleen Grattan Prize for poetry.

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Dave Richardson

David Richardson

Besides working as a book buyer and accounts manager for The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, Dave Richardson, a former junior high language arts teacher, writes a regular book review column for Reading Today (put out by the IRA) and teaches Children’s Literature at a local college in Cincinnati, OH.

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Robert Blake

Robert J. Blake

Robert J. Blake is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than twenty books for children. After graduating from art school, Robert began a diverse career in illustration, including making art for filmstrips and newspapers, as well as textbook artwork and young-adult book covers.

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Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley

Joy’s love for children’s literature is “a commitment that borders on obsession.” Her novels and picture books regularly receive top honors. Countless children know her classic Mrs. Wishy-Washy.

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Peter Jacobi

Peter P. Jacobi

Peter is professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University and a consultant with magazines and corporations, helping CEOs, writers, and editors learn to express their ideas more effectively.

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Abby McAden

Abby McAden

Abby McAden is the paperback publishing director of Scholastic and editorial director of Point. She has worked on many middle-grade and chapter-book series, including Goosebumps, Dear Dumb Diary, Rainbow Magic, Geronimo Stilton, and Poison Apple.

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Nancy Mercado

Nancy Mercado began her career as a book club editor for the Scholastic Book Clubs, where she worked for several years, which led her to Dial Books for Young Readers, where she worked as an editor for several more years. She is currently an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press, working on middle-grade and young-adult novels.

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Holly McGhee

Holly McGhee is the creative power behind Pippin Properties, Inc. The literary agency, started in 1998 by Holly, represents some of the finest authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature, including Kate DiCamillo, David Small, Jandy Nelson, Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss, Kathi Appelt, Jon Agee, Renata Liwska, and Peter H. Reynolds.

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Workshop Description

Short stories, picture books, poetry, and novels form fantastic and imaginative worlds. Prepare yourself for the world of writing fiction for children by attending this intensive, one-week workshop.

You will learn what all fiction writers must know about the creative and business sides of children’s book writing. Explore the magazine and trade-book markets, talk to acquiring editors and agents, follow a book from conception to publication, and polish your manuscript, using the best revision and editing techniques.

Patricia Lee Gauch leads a faculty of authors, illustrators, editors, and agents who will guide you through exercises in character, plot, tension, humor, and dialogue. Your one-on-one mentor will help you turn your fiction manuscript into a story ready for submission.

Note:  Lodging will be in a comfortably furnished cabin with an in-suite bath, shared by two  people. Based on your input, we’ll do our best to pair you with a compatible roommate.

Workshop Information

Begins June 24 with dinner at 6 p.m.; ends July 1 after lunch.

Event Cost: $1,785