- “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)
2016 AGENT on board! Details below. Join us for editor or agent critique on your whole novel; editor and
agent critiques on your partial. Concurrent teen workshop benefits youth and adults. Sign up for updates!
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:
UPDATE! Our 2016 faculty includes agent Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. Representing middle grade and young adult fiction authors, he seeks a standout voice, complex characters (not just the protagonist), and well-plotted stories “that reveal the magic just under the surface of things.”
|Annemarie O’Brien relishes faculty tips
before signing with our next year’s editor.
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 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.
- Top-notch faculty:
Peter’s interests lie in a wide range of genres, from contemporary and historical fiction to science fiction and fantasy (epic or grounded) with rich world-building. His clients include Soman Chainani (author of the New York Times bestselling The School for Good and Evil series), Melanie Conklin (Counting Thyme: Putnam/Penguin), and Will Walton (Anything Could Happen: Scholastic).
Watch for info about our 2016 editor! We’ll follow our tradition of excellence. Most recently:
2015 Editor: Kristen Pettit, an executive editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Kristen’s tastes run the gamut in middle-grade and YA fiction, from contemporary and fantasy to character-driven historical and multicultural, to re-imagined folk tales, and more. She acquired and edited Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why. Upcoming titles include a new fantasy by five-time New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr, and Emmy and Oliver by YA favorite Robin Benway. Kristen is especially interested in story structure, which she explored with us.
2015 Agent: Stephen Barr of Writers House, one of the largest literary agencies in the world. Stephen is interested in a wide range of middle-grade and YA genres. His clients include John Corey Whaley, Printz Award-winning author of Where Things Come Back and National Book Award finalist for Noggin. Additionally, Maggie Thrash, staff writer for Rookie Mag and the author of Honor Girl. Plus, on the adult side, Brooke Shields, actress and author of the New York Times bestseller, There Was a Little Girl.
See more on our esteemed faculty in their 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 Sons)