Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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  • “Knowledgeable faculty, dedicated director, great writers. Gold stars all the way!”
    — A. McAfee, former First Place winner in Win-Win Writer’s contest for a YA novel
  • “The workshop director took very good care of participants. I had a terrific time.”
    — Deborah Noyes Wayshak, novelist; Executive Editor, Candlewick Press
  • “Instructive, supportive ongoing seminar in how to refine one’s writing. I feel the gears moving again. My next rewrite will be far more profitable.” — Linda Smith, alum
  • “A uniquely intimate environment for learning and sharing. I appreciated all the
    personal attention.” — Agent Jill Corcoran, as a former PCCWW enrollee


One of the greatest draws to any workshop—and perhaps its greatest strength—is its faculty. We select cutting-edge, articulate presenters who enjoy working closely with writers. Like you, our faculty would like to see your manuscript shine—then be successfully published.

Below, enjoy our faculty interviews with author testimonials. More treasures can be found in our previous faculty bios. Note: Since our workshop, faculty may have moved to a different agency or publishing house. (Teens: Check out your faculty on the teen pages.)




  • Barr, Stephen (Writers House; 2015)
  • Cascardi, Andrea (Transatlantic Literary Agency; 2007)
  • Fraser, Stephen (Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency; 2009)
  • Johnson, Brianne (Writers House; 2017)
  • Kenshole, Fiona (Transatlantic Agency; 2013)
  • Knapp, Peter (Park Literary; 2016)
  • Landis, Sarah (Sterling Lord Literistic; offsite, 2017)
  • Malawer, Ted (Upstart Crow Literary; 2010)
  • Martindale, Taylor (Full Circle Literary; 2011)
  • Necarsulmer, Edward (McIntosh & Otis, Inc.; 2008)
  • Rofe, Jennifer (Andrea Brown Literary Agency; 2006)
  • Slattery, Joan (Pippin Properties; 2011)
  • Sylvan Kim, Emily (Prospect Agency; 2012)
  • Treimel, Scott (Scott Treimel New York; 2014)

Senior/Executive Editors and Publishers

  • Boughton, Simon (Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 2012)
  • Clarke, Erin (Knopf Books for Young Readers; 2009)
  • Farrell, Kate (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers; 2016)
  • Griffin, Regina (Egmont USA; 2013)
  • Harrison, Kate (Dial Books for Young Readers; 2010)
  • Harrison, Katherine (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; 2017)
  • Hoppe, Anne (HarperCollins Children’s Books; 2008)
  • Neaves, Joy (Front Street Books; 2006)
  • Nolan, Melanie Cecka (Knopf Books for Young Readers; 2014)
  • Pettit, Kristen (HarperCollins; 2015)
  • Romeis, Julie (Bloomsbury Children’s Books; 2007)
  • Van Metre, Susan (Amulet/Abrams Books for Young Readers; 2011)
  • Wayshak, Deborah (Candlewick Books; 2006)

Authors and Story Consultants

  • Dougherty, Kat (Talks and “Group B-Plus” critiques; 2014-present)
  • O’Brien, Annemarie (Talks and “Group B-Plus” critiques; 2011-2013)
  • Backes, Laura (Children’s Book Insider publisher; craft; 2010)
  • Bauer, Marion Dane (Home Study; 2009)
  • Halverson, Deborah (Interview and Home Study; 2008)
  • Shoup, Barbara (Interview and Home Study; 2007)

Teens’ Faculty

  • Guina, Trevor (high school English teacher and Drama Club coach; 2015–2017)
  • Bjorkman, Lauren (author of YA novels, including My Invented Life; 2016)
  • Scarborough, Sheryl (YA author and award-winning screenwriter; 2011, 2015)
  • Pyne, Helen (author and former Doubleday editor; 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • O’Brien, Annemarie (author of Lara’s Gift; 2013)
  • Bond, Katherine Grace (author of The Summer of No Regrets; 2012)
  • Gallagher, Elizabeth (author of The Opposite of Invisible; 2010)
  • Vincent, Zu (author of YA novel, The Lucky Place; 2009)

Guest Interview

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