Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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“Dynamic workshop; smart writers. I really enjoyed the intensive format
and reading peer manuscripts in advance.” — Heather Tomlinson,
author of the The Swan Maiden (Henry Holt, Inc.)

More of Our Workshop’s

In the children’s book field, there’s no shortage of extraordinary (talented, passionate, generous-spirited) published authors. Here we link you to a few we’ve had the pleasure of personally knowing—our PCCWW alumni/faculty, along with others who’ve given us wisdom and support.


To read our faculty book reviews, click Booknotes on our NUGGETS menu.

(2016) Lauren Bjorkman
YA author of My Invented Life and Miss Fortune Cookie (Henry Holt)

(2013) Annemarie O’Brien
Author of middle-grade novel, Lara’s Gift (Knopf/Random House)

(2010) Laura Backes
Author of Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate To Read (Prima Publishing/Random House), Children’s Writer’s Big Book of “How To” (Children’s Book Insider); technical editor for Writing Children’s Books for Dummies (Wiley); contributor to Writer’s Digest and The Writer magazines.

(2009) Marion Dane Bauer
Author of the Clarion non-fiction books What’s Your Story? A Young Person’s Guide to Writing Fiction and A Writer’s Story: From Life to Fiction; and the multiple-award-winning youth novel, On My Honor (Clarion); many more

(2007) Barbara Shoup
Author of the historical YA novel Vermeer’s Daughter (Guild Press), the contemporary YA novels Stranded in Harmony and Wish You Were Here (Hyperion), and the nonfiction Story Matters and Novel Ideas; more

(2006) Deborah Noyes
Author of the historical novel Angel and Apostle (Unbridled Books) and the YA anthology Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales (Candlewick Press); more

(2006) Martha Alderson
Author of Blockbuster Plots (Illusion Press)

(2003) Andrea Brown
Author of WRITERS’ & ARTISTS’ HIDEOUTS: Great Getaways for Seducing the Muse (Quill Driver)

Other Esteemed Author-Friends

Alphin, Elaine Marie (1955-2014)
Author of Creating Characters Kids Will Love (Writer’s Digest Books) and award-winning youth novels, such as Ghost Cadet (Henry Holt)

pencil bullet  Sincere appreciation to anonymous donors who have contributed to the TeenSpeak Scholarship Fund in memory of Elaine. Our teen writers flourished, thanks to your generosity!

Banerjee, Anjali
Author of multicultural youth novels Maya Running and Looking for Bapu (Wendy Lamb Books); The Silver Spell and Rani and the Fashion Divas (Mirrorstone Books); Seaglass Summer (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)

Casanova, Mary
Award-winning youth fiction author (20+ titles; seven novels include Wolf Shadows and Riot)

Halverson, Deborah
Award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth, and more

Lamb, Nancy
Author of the classic Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children (Writer’s Digest Books) and youth fiction

Smith, Cynthia Leitich (Children’s/YA literature resource website)
Award-winning author of Rain Is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins); a YA gothic fantasy novel Tantalize (Candlewick), which received a Borders Original Voices 2007 nomination; Eternal (Candlewick); more

ALUMNI (Children’s Fiction)

Arnold, Marsha Diane
Multiple titles (PenguinPutnam, Random House, Abrams)

Ellis, Ella Thorp
Multiple titles (Atheneum, Henry Holt, Delacorte)

Schultz, Jan N.
Author of Firestorm and other award-winning novels (Carolrhoda, a division of Lerner Press)

Shreeve, Elizabeth

Author of the middle-grade The Hector Fuller Series (Simon & Schuster); more

Vincent, Zu
Author of The Lucky Place (Front Street Books)

Thanks to all for your
literary and workshop contributions!

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