Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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2016 FACULTY: Bios & Kudos


Senior Agent

Park Literary

Petet Knapp, Senior Agent, Park LiteraryPeter Knapp, agent at Park Literary, represents 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.”

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). What’s the big draw for agent Knapp? “More than anything,” he says, “I look to fall in love with characters, and once I do I’m glad to be along for their journey.”

 “Pete is a force of nature. He's my partner each step of the way, taking care of a book
from editorial to publishing to marketing. Day after day, he makes me a better author.”
— Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good & Evil (debut; NY Times bestseller)


Senior Editor

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Kate Farrell, Senior Editor, Henry HoltKate Farrell, Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, is interested in a wide range of genres. She is especially drawn to character and voice. Authors she works with include Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, The Adoration of Jenna Fox), Kerstin Gier (The Ruby Red Trilogy, Dream A Little Dream), Heather Demetrios (Something Real, I’ll Meet You There), and debut author Emma Mills (First & Then).

Kate says of our workshop, “It sounds wonderful… I'm very happy to accept this invitation. I look forward to meeting all of the writers!”

 “Kate is smart, insightful, and understanding of the creative process. She knows when to
gently encourage, and when to help me make tough choices. She's a kind, genuine person—
that means everything in my book." — Mary Pearson, YA author of The Remnant Chronicles

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