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:
Stacey Barney, Senior Editor at Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers, acquires middle grade, young adult, select nonfiction, and picture books. Stacey’s publications include the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (a lush, hypnotic re-imagining of the “Arabian Nights” framing story), and the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning Firebird by American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers.
Stacey has also edited Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons (a Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner); Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan (a YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults); Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman (the New York Times bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book that inspired Mean Girls); Ask Elizabeth, a self-help book for teen girls’ parents by accomplished actress Elizabeth Berkley (a New York Times bestseller); and award winners Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor and The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.
Stacey also edited Unlocking the Truth, the memoir of an African American, Brooklyn-bred, eighth-grade heavy metal band that signed a $1.7 million recording contract with Sony, and The Secret Hum of a Daisy, a debut middle-grade novel by Tracy Holczer, our very own workshop alum. It’s the story of an orphan left with a grandmother she resents in a town that holds the secrets of her family’s past.
Stacey’s recent and upcoming publications include Free Verse, a tale of a girl who loses her family and then her voice to the coal mines of West Virginia; The Reader by Traci Chee, a fantasy set in a world where reading is unheard of; and Our Chemical Hearts, a story of unrequited first love.Stacey’s rock star list doesn't end here. She’s still on the lookout for “rich and memorable stories with pacey plots and writing that sparkles and shines.” Stacey certainly has helped bring many such books into the world. We’re thrilled to have her join us!
Brianne Johnson, Senior Agent at the prestigious Writers House since her internship in 2007, was recently chosen as a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree. She’s cultivating a largely omnivorous list in young readers’ books—everything from historical fiction to magical realism, and “fresh, beautiful, fun, thoughtful stories that make that first real step into adulthood seem brand-new, all over again.”
In older readers’ books, she’s seeking “exciting, high-concept, gobble-down-in-one-sitting novels that keep me up way past my bedtime (I love creepy/horror/suspense… and creative fantasy in general), as well as beautiful, literary works that explore the coming-of-age theme from a truly original angle and beg for multiple re-readings.”
Brianne has also sold Cheryl Klein’s The Magic Words, an outstanding guide to writing for children and teens.
We’re delighted to welcome Brianne Johnson to our 15th annual event; she, in turn is eager to connect with potential new clients. One of her memorable quotes for writers: “I want unforgettable characters that I’d follow anywhere, who burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” — Jack Kerouac
Read more about Stacey Barney and Brianne Johnson in our April faculty interviews. See our previous esteemed faculty interviews, including what their authors reveal about them.
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