Getting To Know Your Novel (Online Course plus Onsite Retreat) 2019

January 3 - April 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 3 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.


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

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

Padma Venkatraman has lived in five countries, worked as chief scientist on oceanographic vessels, and even spent time scuba diving…
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Laura Sibson

Raised in the Baltimore suburbs, Laura moved to Philadelphia for her undergraduate degree and then to Virginia and Texas for…
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Jim Hill

Flaming Snot Rockets! Jim 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, with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.