Whole Novel Workshop 2014

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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published …

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Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin is the author of nine young-adult novels that range from contemporary realism to mystery to fantasy. Her books include the New York Times bestseller Impossible (fantasy), the National Book Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist The Rules …

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A.M. Jenkins

A.M. (Amanda) Jenkins is the author of six YA novels, including the Printz Honor Book Repossessed and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Damage. Other honors include a PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the Delacorte Press Prize for a …

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Nicole Valentine

Nicole Valentine

Nicole Valentine holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently working on her middle-grade time travel novel, The Idle Tree. Her short story, “The Weeping Beech,” can be found …

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Rob Costello

Rob Costello

Rob writes fiction for and about young people. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals including Narrative and Eclectica.

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Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma writes dark psychological suspense, magical realism, and ghost stories. She is the author of four novels, including the YA novels Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, and The Walls Around Us, a ghostly story of suspense that was named the #1 Kids’ …

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Workshop Description

This workshop is full. Please email us if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

Take your novel to the next level! Sarah and Nancy will challenge you to look at your novel critically and to find openings and opportunities for revision. This comprehensive workshop includes one-on-one sessions, lectures, group discussions, and exercises to support and facilitate your creative process. Sarah and Nancy’s goal is to help you revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission.

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle-grade and young adult novels. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial investments. Our aim is to focus on a specific work in progress, moving a novel to the next level in preparation for submission to agents or publishers. Focused attention in an intimate setting makes this mentorship program one that guarantees significant progress. Our novel mentorship program includes:

  • Focused, one-on-one response to your entire novel-in-progress from an accomplished author and teacher;
  • Group discussion and feedback;
  • Seminars on technique, craft, query letters, and agent/editor submissions;
  • Ample time to write and revise;
  • Writing exercises and group reading.

The Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft of a novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop, followed by a week of intense, one-on-one mentoring.

Here’s a writing tip from faculty member Sarah Aronson.

The Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop Difference

AN INTIMATE PROGRAM Each Whole Novel Workshop is limited to sixteen students. Each faculty member will work with only four students, providing undivided attention and several one-on-one sessions as well as a reading of your complete manuscript prior to the workshop.

A PLACE TO WRITE Each attendee will have his or her own quiet place in which to write and revise. You will be lodged in either our fully-furnished, charming cabins, or our new lodge, which contains eight private rooms with private baths, and a great room for getting together with others, or just relaxing.

TIME TO FOCUS During your workshop, you’ll be able to focus—maybe for the first time—on nothing but your novel. You won’t hear a TV in the background or have kids demanding attention. You won’t have to stop to do laundry or cook or clean. You won’t be distracted by a constantly ringing phone.

A BEAUTIFUL SETTING Tucked in the northern Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the mid-nineteenth-century farmhouse, home of the Founders of Highlights for Children, has played host to numerous creative spirits. The Barn at Boyds Mills, built from local wood and fieldstone, provides a revitalizing space for writers to work and confer.

Workshop Information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, September 7, and ends Saturday September 13, after breakfast.

Event Cost: $2390
Price Includes:Transportation from airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless internet.