• $2,499.00 – Program Price

+: Begins with dinner on Sunday, August 11 and ends Saturday, August 17, after breakfast.

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The Whole Novel Workshop August 2019

With Sarah Aronson, Jennifer Jacobson, Ashley Hope Pérez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Alisa Alering, Stacey Barney, Rob Costello and Nicole Valentine

August 11 - 17, 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


Sarah Aronson
Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then,…
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Jennifer Jacobson
Jennifer, a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the author of over a dozen award-winning children’s books including…
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Ashley Hope Pérez
Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of three novels: Out of Darkness (2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (2012), and What Can’t Wait (2011). Out of Darkness was…
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Anna-Marie McLemore
Anna-Marie McLemore (she/they) was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear…
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Alisa Alering
Special Guest Alisa Alering is an award-winning writer of speculative short fiction. Her stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, the…
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Stacey Barney
Stacey Barney is an Executive Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR. She has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by…
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Rob Costello
Special Guest Rob Costello (he/him) writes fiction for and about queer youth. He holds an MFA from the Writing for…
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Nicole Valentine
Nicole Valentine ( is an author of middle grade fiction. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young…
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