Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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bullet  To better envision how our workshop may benefit you, review this sampling of faculty feedback. Job titles are correct per the year of participation in our workshop. bullet For more testimonials, see the upper-page boxes throughout the site, or click on our teen and adult commentaries.


Peter Knapp

Park Literary

This one-of-a-kind workshop was a delight—
such a smart group of writers and great format! The intimate setting and individual critique times throughout the weekend allowed writers and faculty to delve into the manuscripts… so that everyone came away having made measurable progress or with clear next steps on how to improve their work.

Scott Treimel

President, STNY Agency

The master-class format and high caliber writers distinguish this workshop. It was a privilege to work with such dedicated enrollees. I hope one (or more!) will undertake the journey to a book deal with me.

Andrea Brown

President, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Great concept! I enjoyed teaching these writers during the workshop’s inaugural year.

Fiona Kenshole

Transatlantic Agency

A wonderful group of talented and dedicated writers of all ages.

Stephen Fraser

Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

The workshop was well-organized and intimate; the level of talent, high. A pleasure for me to participate.

Taylor Martindale Kean

Full Circle Literary

Wonderful workshop... I was so impressed. Writers were positive about every critique they were given. They squeezed every last bit of value from this workshop because they worked their butts off. I was thrilled to work with authors who had this mindset.

Edward Necarsulmer

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

I loved this workshop—I had a truly excellent, eye-opening experience.

Andrea Cascardi

Transatlantic Agency

This seminar was a great experience; a very thoughtful and respectful group of writers who worked well under the “fishbowl” critique scenario. Bravo to them!

Kendra Marcus

President, Bookstop Literary Agency

I enjoyed the workshop very much and learned a great deal about children’s books.

Jennifer Rofe

Andrea Brown Literary Agency

I’m impressed with the caliber of these manuscripts!



Kate Farrell

Senior Editor, Henry Holt BFYR

Lovely to work with such talented writers. This workshop format is unique; I really enjoyed the small groups and peer participation. Some great ideas came from that work. Writers supported each other and were passionate about the stories. Also, the teens and their terrific writing were pure pleasure.

Melanie Cecka Nolan

Associate Publishing Director, Knopf

This seminar appealed to me from the start. The setting was wonderful; the jam-packed schedule invigorating. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to mingle with writers—teens and adults!

Simon Boughton

VP-Publisher, three MacMillan imprints

Congratulations on 10 years of raising writers! (in 2012)

Erin Clarke

Executive Editor, Knopf Children’s Books

This event is an intimate seminar with talented writers. I loved that enrollees had previously read each other’s manuscripts, and offered valuable critiques. I also loved the teens’ insights.

Regina Griffin

Executive Editor, Egmont USA

Lovely authors... including a wonderful group of teens.

Deborah Wayshak

Senior Editor, Candlewick Press

An innovative, engaging format, and a lively, dedicated group of writers make this workshop memorable. Stimulating on many levels; a great program. I enjoyed every action-packed minute.

Kate Harrison

Senior Editor, Dial Books

I enjoyed the intensive process that allowed lots of interaction. It was very different from any conference I’ve done. Interesting to hear other faculty perspectives, and fun to spend so much time with a great group of writers.

Julie Romeis

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Fantastic writers, a fun weekend. I enjoyed the group critique format, which worked very successfully.

Andrea Welch

Senior Editor, Harcourt Children’s Books

This workshop is unique, inspiring, and fun. I recommend it highly.

Stephen Barr

Senior Agent, Writers House

I was ceaselessly impressed with the attendees’ kindness and dedication. The teen-led panel was a real highlight (such incredibly whip-smart panelists!), and I appreciated the follow-up meeting with each full-novel author after our initial consult. That’s a rarity—an interesting opportunity to see how the authors processed feedback, and to test my assertions. Overall, a really positive experience in a beautiful setting with friendly writers. I’m grateful I participated!

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