Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
15th Annual    September 22-24, 2017    Master Class to Masterpiece
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  • “An innovative, engaging format, and a lively, dedicated group of writers make this workshop memorable. Stimulating on many levels. I enjoyed every action-packed minute.”
    — Deborah Noyes Wayshak, novelist; executive editor, Candlewick Press
  • “PCCWW has helped me hone my craft and make contact with esteemed editors and agents. Constructive, inspiring. This workshop is a definite 10.” — Annemarie O’Brien; debut author
    of Lara’s Gift (Knopf) (Annemarie landed her contract with our workshop editor.)
  • “I’m impressed by how in-depth the masterclass critiques were. I was totally revved up by
    the end of the workshop!” — Heather Tomlinson, author of The Swan Maiden
    (Henry Holt) (Heather landed this debut contract at our workshop.)
  • “PCCWW combines the support and camaraderie of an educated, informed critique group
    with a rare opportunity to connect with editors and agents in an intimate setting.”
    — Joni Sensel, author of four youth novels (Holt; Bloomsbury)
  • “The most valuable writing event I’ve ever attended. Presenters were generous and
    genuine. The insights I received from each one on my manuscript was invaluable.”
    — Mary Cronk Farrell; author of the award-winning Clarion novel, Fire in the Hole!
  • “Well-organized, interactive, informative, congenial. The Pacific Coast Children’s Writers
    Workshop is one of the best I’ve attended.” — Cece Meng, former winner
    of the Writer’s Digest contest (Children’s Fiction category)

WRITERS: In-depth, editor or agent critique on your whole novel—or editor and agent critiques on your partial. Concurrent teen workshop benefits youth and adults. Fills early. Contact us any time for 2017!


Envision and Edit Your Story with the Pros

Are you a skilled writer, published or aspiring, looking for something “different” in a fiction workshop? Our intensive seminar offers editor or agent feedback on selected whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults with your mentor. Or maybe you’re ready for editor and agent critiques on your polished, opening chapters. Whichever stage you’re at, here’s how we assist goal-oriented writers like you:


    Annemarie O’Brien relishes faculty tips
    before signing with our next year’s editor.
    Photo: Marsha Diane Arnold
  • At our intimate event, you’ll have continuous close contact with a supportive, top-notch editor and/or agent. Our open clinics, aka master classes, will allow you to learn from advanced colleagues, as well as from faculty.
  • To maximize your benefits, you may critique peer manuscripts before the seminar—then, at our event, compare your assessments with those of the pros. Our collegial format provides behind-the-scenes glimpses that reveal, in depth, what agents and editors really want.
  • Top-notch faculty (2016 faculty below; 2017 faculty TBA):

Agent Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.Peter 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.”

Kate Farrell, Senior Editor at 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 (2016 New York Times bestseller 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!”

Read our esteemed faculty’s interviews (and see what their authors say about them).

  • Savvy teen enrollees give adults target-reader feedback within their own, concurrent workshop. The intergenerational exchanges prove mutually stimulating—and fun. Our teens edit adults’ novels for editor-agent submissions; some manuscripts have resulted in published books. Come see what an objective young reader will say about your story!

    Teen enrollment is partly funded by our TeenSpeak Scholarship Fund. To support
    teens passionate about writing, contact us
    year-round. Indicate an author or individual
    you wish to pay tribute to; we'll add the name
    (plus web link) to our “Treasured Authors and
    Friends” page.
    “I'm thankful that I have been able to talk to thousands of [young] students about my love of writing—and I'm thankful for being able to believe that I may have inspired some of them to follow their dreams, and perhaps even become fellow writers.” — Elaine Marie Alphin, blog: "Thoughts on the Writing and Reading Life"
  • Our Novel Writer’s Personal Retreat offers solitude in a serene coastal setting. Immerse yourself for up to four days: hone your craft, intermingle with advanced/published peers.

Creating a marketable novel is a multi-layered challenge. Join us for a working retreat or seminar—learn fiction-crafting with the masters. Pinpoint the tools you need to propel your novel from page-turner to published success!

For a compact view of the workshop, see our flyer.

Opportunity    Camaraderie    Craft

“This workshop played a huge role in my success. My novel improved largely due to
faculty and peer critiques, which led to my first sale. Outstanding seminar.”
— Tracy Holczer, The Secret Hum of a Daisy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
bullet  INQUIRE EARLY for maximum critique options and lowest fees on full novels or partials. See schedule, interviews, masterclass critiques. Integrated teen event. Enroll now or CONTACT us.
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