Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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“Writing is good. Reading is good. S’mores are good. Beaches are good.  
But writing and reading while eating s’mores on a beach is beyond good…
and if you get to do it with friends, it’s just amazing squared.” — Audrey, age 13


If you’ve got a passion for fiction—and love meeting other teens who do, too—don’t wait to sign up. Enrollment is limited. Bring a friend and share homestyle living on the beach!

Teen foot on booksEnrollment: Enroll by May 30 for a savings of $50. Then, by July 15 or asap, submit your writing for feedback by peers, by teens-only instructor(s), and (optional) by our New York editor and/or agent on your critical first page. Share 3 to 10 double-spaced pages of your fiction, journal, or personal essay.

To enroll or ask questions, contact us. We’ll email you an enrollment form and Student Contract, plus (if you’re under 18) a Parent Permission Form. Here’s a preview:


For your safety, well-being and enjoyment.

Before the workshop (in summer), I agree to:

___   Submit my (optional) manuscript sample for faculty and peer critiques by July 15.
___   Read at least one adult enrollee’s Group B fiction submission (each 15 double-spaced typed pages); give written feedback using a short form. ALSO, if possible: Read one adult enrollee’s full-length novel manuscript of my choice and give written feedback on it, then attend that author’s feedback sessions with our editor or agent. Like the pros, I may be paid for satisfactorily completing these critiques!
___   Read at least two teen enrollees’ fiction submissions (each 5 to 10 double-spaced typed pages); give written feedback on these two manuscripts using a short form.

At the workshop, I agree to:

___   Check-in when and where requested; not leave the workshop site.
___   Be considerate of my housemates and chaperones.
___   Use no substances (tobacco, alcohol, etc.).
___   Participate in group discussion about adults’ and teen peers’ writing.

TUITION: $499. Includes Early Bird discount $50 (payment postmarked by May 30). Otherwise, fee is $549. This includes lodging and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Saturday dinner is a pizza party—order in, or make your own!

Your fee also includes an optional faculty critique on up to 10 pages—and, for those enrolling first, an optional Spot Critique (editor and agent verbal feedback on your story’s first pages, shared with all workshop attendees in a supportive group setting).

OPPORTUNITIES: Teen enrollment is partly funded by our TeenSpeak Scholarship Fund. To contribute any amount in tribute to an author or special individual, and to support a young person passionate about writing, contact us year-round. Alternately, work-study partial scholarships may be available. Ask about possible jobs for parents or teens. We appreciate our generous donors!

Questions? Contact us. We look forward to sharing our books, bonfire, and beach weekend with you. Smiley

  Diamond “The great jewel... took all light that fell upon it and
changed it into ten thousand sparks of white radiance
shot with glints of the rainbow.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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Check out our photos and enrollees’ feedback. Register before we fill,
then enjoy our September 28-30, 2018 workshop at the beach!
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