Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2020

October 25 - 31, 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list.

Join Us To:

Move your novel to the next level working one-to-one with editor Patricia Lee Gauch.

What You’ll Learn:

Writing a novel is, like many of life’s challenges, a journey, through ideas, through beginnings and middles and ends. In this workshop, writers become a writing community, writing, each at their own pace, and sharing and celebrating the right word, the right moments, the right character with Patricia Lee Gauch, longtime editor of Philomel Books and Highlights Foundation faculty. Morning prompts lead to surprising breakthroughs, and one-to-one sessions with Patti give writers the opportunity to rise to their best writing selves.

Please note: this workshop requires an application.

Attend If:

  • You are an intermediate to advanced writer of middle grade and young adult novels.
  • You have a finished, or nearly-finished, work-in-progress. You’ll benefit from close mentoring and generous free writing time.


Days begin with morning writing prompts and the opportunity to explore new and original writing techniques, followed by generous writing time, whole workshop sessions, and one-to-one sessions with Patti. Nightly sharing sessions will round out the day as participants offer informal feedback and create community. The workshop includes a visit from a special guest, to be announced.


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“Patti truly is incomparable. I’ve been working on honing my writing for 20+ years. I’ve had the good fortune of working with [many editors.] Nobody comes close to Patti.”

“Patti Gauch is that rare combination of someone who can inspire deeply while instructing rigorously. She gave us the tools we needed to create transcendent moments, opportunities to do so, and insightful feedback that was honest and helpful. She challenged us as writers while protecting our spirits and gifts.”


Patricia Lee Gauch

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has…
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Kathryn Erskine

Special Guest Kathy spent fifteen years as a lawyer before turning to her first love: writing. She was lucky to…
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Gina Maccoby

Gina Maccoby is a New York literary agent representing authors of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction for adults and…
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