Getting To Know Your Novel Online Course (Jan 3-Feb 21) Plus Onsite Retreat (Apr 7-11) 2019

April 7 - 11, 2019


Give your novel the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a guided writing retreat.

We’d like to invite you to spend the first three months of 2019 workshopping your novel (either complete or in-progress) in this unique program led by author and writing teacher Sarah Aronson and co-faculty Melanie Crowder, with support from several teaching assistants. The workshop has 3 parts:

Part 1: Weekly Sessions in a Web Classroom
January 3-February 21
You’ll participate in online discussions, read lectures, watch videos and complete writing exercises.

Part 2: Writing and Revising On Your Own
You’ll apply all you learned in Part 1 to your novel–finishing up your draft, or your revision, with faculty support as needed.

Part 3: In-person Workshop at our Retreat Center
April 7-11
You’ll bring your novel to our Retreat Center, where the team will mentor you through your next round of revisions.

See more details under the above “Agenda” tab.


Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has…
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Melanie Crowder

Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Audacity, Three Pennies, An Uninterrupted View of the…
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Kat Yeh

Special Guest Kat Yeh is the award-winning author of middle grade novels, The Way to Bea (Sept, 2017) and The…
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Padma Venkatraman

Special Guest Padma Venkatraman has lived in five countries, worked as chief scientist on oceanographic vessels, and even spent time…
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Kevin Lewis

Special Guest Kevin Lewis is an agent at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. A twenty year veteran of children’s publishing;…
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Melissa Frain

Special Guest Melissa Frain is a Senior Editor at Tor Books, a division of Macmillan, where she acquires and edits…
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Laura Sibson

Special Guest Laura Sibson was raised in the Baltimore suburbs. She moved to Philadelphia for her undergraduate degree and then…
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Jim Hill

Special Guest Jim Hill holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $1,799.00

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

workshop information

The onsite retreat begins with dinner on Sunday, April 7, and ends with lunch on Thursday, April 11.