- “An innovative, engaging format, and a lively, dedicated group of writers make this workshop memorable. Stimulating on many levels. I enjoyed every action-packed minute.”
— Deborah Noyes Wayshak, novelist; executive editor, Candlewick Press
- “PCCWW has helped me hone my craft and make contact with esteemed editors and agents. Constructive, inspiring. This workshop is a definite 10.” — Annemarie O’Brien; debut author
of Lara’s Gift (Knopf) (Annemarie landed her contract with our workshop editor.)
- “I’m impressed by how in-depth the masterclass critiques were. I was totally revved up by
the end of the workshop!” — Heather Tomlinson, author of The Swan Maiden
(Henry Holt) (Heather landed this debut contract at our workshop.)
- “PCCWW combines the support and camaraderie of an educated, informed critique group
with a rare opportunity to connect with editors and agents in an intimate setting.”
— Joni Sensel, author of four youth novels (Holt; Bloomsbury)
- “The most valuable writing event I’ve ever attended. Presenters were generous and
genuine. The insights I received from each one on my manuscript was invaluable.”
— Mary Cronk Farrell; author of the award-winning Clarion novel, Fire in the Hole!
- “Well-organized, interactive, informative, congenial. The Pacific Coast Children’s Writers
Workshop is one of the best I’ve attended.” — Cece Meng, former winner
of the Writer’s Digest contest (Children’s Fiction category)
FILLED 2014 workshop; join us in 2015! Editor or agent critique on selected whole novels; editor and agent critiques on sample chapters; teen feedback through an integrated teen workshop. Apply soon!
WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP
Envision and Edit Your Story with the Pros
Are you a skilled writer, published or aspiring, looking for something “different” in a fiction workshop? Our intensive seminar offers editor or agent feedback on selected whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults with your mentor. Or maybe you’re ready for editor and agent critiques on your polished, opening chapters. Whichever stage you’re at, here’s how we assist goal-oriented writers like you:
|Novelist (right) relishes smart tips
from agent and editor in our open clinic.
Photo: Marsha Diane Arnold
- At our intimate event, you’ll have continuous close contact with a supportive, top-notch editor and/or agent. Our open clinics, aka master classes, will allow you to learn from advanced colleagues, as well as from faculty.
- To maximize your educational benefits, you may critique peer manuscripts before the seminar—then, at our event, compare your assessments with those of the pros. Our collegial format provides behind-the-scenes glimpses that reveal, in depth, what agents and editors really want.
- In 2014, we welcomed two outstanding presenters. Our faculty editor was Melanie Cecka, Associate Publishing Director at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Formerly at Bloomsbury and Viking, Melanie is actively growing her Knopf list and considers our seminar “really appealing... the right opportunity” for her. It was also the right match for some of our writers!
Our 2014 faculty agent, Scott Treimel, heads the S©ott Treimel NY Agency, established 1995. The agency represents exclusively children’s books; it is closed to submissions except by referral and/or from workshop attendees. Scott is interested in a wide range of novel genres. He’s actively seeking new clients; new talent. Added advantage: Scott is a highly hands-on, editorial agent. • Both of these amiable presenters offered in-depth sessions on craft and style. See faculty bios and interviews.
- Savvy teen enrollees give adults target-reader feedback within their own, concurrent workshop. The intergenerational exchanges prove mutually stimulating—and fun. Our teens edit adults’ novels for editor-agent submissions; some manuscripts have resulted in published books. Come see what an objective young reader will say about your story!
|Teen enrollment is partly funded by our TeenSpeak Scholarship Fund. To support
teens passionate about writing, contact us
year-round. Indicate an author or individual
you wish to pay tribute to; we'll add the name
(plus web link) to our “Treasured Authors and
|“I'm thankful that I have been able to talk to thousands of [young] students about my love of writing—and I'm thankful for being able to believe that I may have inspired some of them to follow their dreams, and perhaps even become fellow writers.” — Elaine Marie Alphin, blog: "Thoughts on the Writing and Reading Life"
- Our Novel Writer’s Personal Retreat offers solitude in a serene coastal setting. Immerse yourself for up to four days: hone your craft, intermingle with advanced/published peers.
Creating a marketable novel is a multi-layered challenge. Join us for a working retreat or seminar—learn fiction-crafting with the masters. Pinpoint the tools you need to propel your novel from page-turner to published success!
For a compact view of the workshop, see our flyer.
Opportunity Camaraderie Craft
|“This workshop played a huge role in my success. My novel improved largely due to
faculty and peer critiques, which led to my first sale. Outstanding seminar.”
— Tracy Holczer, The Secret Hum of a Daisy (G.P. Putnam’s, 2014)