The Whole Novel Workshop May 2019

May 5 - 11, 2019


Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission.

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 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.

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.

Please note that there is an application process for this workshop.
You must register to apply for this workshop. Once you register, you will receive a response with instructions on how to apply—either just for the workshop or to apply for the workshop if requesting financial aid.

For your application, you will need to submit:

  • A writing sample: 10-15 pages from the manuscript you wish to workshop
  • A synopsis
  • Word count
  • The current status of your manuscript

The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Decisions will be made soon after the application deadline, after which you will be expected to turn in your full manuscript.


An Na

An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of three…
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Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin is the author of nine young-adult novels that range from contemporary realism to mystery to fantasy. Her books…
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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…
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Lilliam Rivera

Special Guest Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams, forthcoming from…
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Melissa Wyatt

Special Guest Melissa Wyatt is the author of two young adult novels, Funny How Things Change, named to the YALSA…
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Nicole Valentine

Special Guest Nicole Valentine holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.…
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Rob Costello

Special Guest Rob Costello writes fiction for and about LGBTQIA+ youth. He holds an MFA in Writing from the Writing…
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Marie Lamba

Special Guest Marie Lamba ( is the author of the picture books Green Green (Farrar Straus Giroux, ’17) and A…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $2,499.00

All-inclusive means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging and all meals.

workshop information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, May 5 and ends Saturday, May 11, after breakfast.