Whole Novel Workshop: Young Adult 2013

< Return to Workshops August 4 – August 10, 2013
Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, Diabolical, and Tantalize: Kieren’s Story (Candlewick). Her award-winning books for younger children…

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Greg Leitich Smith

Greg Leitich Smith

Greg Leitich Smith is the award-winning author of Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo, which received a Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, as well as Tofu and T. rex (both Little, Brown), Chronal Engine (Clarion), and the forthcoming…

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Tina Wexler

Tina Wexler

Tina Wexler is a literary agent at ICM Partners, representing authors in the children’s and adult marketplace, with a focus on middle-grade and young-adult fiction. Current and forthcoming titles include Croak by Gina Damico…

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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 of Survival (realistic fiction), the Edgar award winner The Killer’s Cousin (mystery/suspense) and Unthinkable, a sequel to Impossible.

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sarah-lapolla

Sarah LaPolla

Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency in May 2013. Prior to joining forces with Laura and Natalie, Sarah worked for five years in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010.

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Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus

We’re pleased to welcome Bethany as a Teaching Assistant for this course. Bethany’s books include Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters (WestSide Books).

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Amy Rose Capetta

Amy Rose Capetta

We’re pleased to welcome Amy as a Teaching Assistant for this course. Amy Rose Capetta holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut, Entangled, is a young-adult science-fiction novel, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.

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Workshop Description

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of 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, agent, or editor currently working with young adult books;
  • group discussion and feedback;
  • faculty seminars on technique, craft, query letters, and agent/editor submissions; and
  • ample time to write and revise.

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.

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 has a rustic but comfortable cabin, complete with its own bathroom, coffee maker, and refrigerator. You will have your own quiet place in which to write and revise.

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 brand-new Barn at Boyds Mills, built from local wood and fieldstone, provides a revitalizing space for writers to work and confer.

Our all-inclusive price means we provide transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats fill fast, so register now!

Workshop Information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, August 4, and ends Saturday, August 10, after breakfast.

Event Cost: $2665