Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
13th Annual    October 2-4, 2015    Master Class to Masterpiece
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“I loved this workshop’s craft focus and retreat—perfect for honing my writing
as I indulged in quiet beach walks and camaraderie.” — Tracy Holczer,
author of middle-grade novel, The Secret Hum of a Daisy (Putnam’s, 2014)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Like our in-depth workshop, the enrollment process is multi-layered. As an intro, read our application excerpts. These include practical questions about your novel—in themselves, a helpful, thought-provoking tool. Review fees, then contact us to request an application.

Who Should Apply to This Workshop?

Our seminar is designed for intermediate to published applicants about whom the following statements are true:

  • Your manuscript is a polished, character-driven novel (or novel-in-progress) that offers readers “something to chew on.”
  • You have received professional manuscript critiques at workshops, in class, and/or from book doctors, including in a public format. You are equipped to be “on stage,” critiqued (respectfully, but perhaps rigorously) by faculty and/or peers—without arguing.
  • You will commit to providing a thoughtful written critique of at least one Group A (whole novel) and four Group B (partial) peer manuscripts of your choice, before the workshop. Group B-Plus manuscripts are privately critiqued by our faculty author.
  • You have basic email and Wordprocessing skills, or will get outside help if needed, for your online application and manuscript submissions.

ENROLLMENT STEPS

If the above prerequisites describe you and your manuscript, read our timeline below. (Teens’ due dates are on the TeenSpeak pages.) If possible, submit before these deadlines. When all else is equal, the earliest applications receive priority for desired critiques. Also, an early deposit holds your place. We may accept materials past the dates shown here; contact us for details.

Step 1: Submit Application

July 6  Email and postmark your “priority” application, for the most critique options. Group A (and Group B-Plus) applicants submit 30 manuscript pages. Group B applicants submit 15 pages. Include your synopsis and one- or two-sentence plot summary per guidelines. You need not have a completed novel or be a published author to enroll.

Step 2: Receive Notification

July 11  We’ll invite you to enroll in either Group A or Group B (or B-Plus), mostly based on faculty choices. If a manuscript is not selected for Group A, it will automatically be considered for Group B or B-Plus, unless you have indicated otherwise.

If you requested Group A and your manuscript isn’t a match, our panel will offer one or more sentences to indicate why—and/or a suggestion to strengthen the submission. No further manuscript feedback will be offered at this time.

Step 3: Submit Registration Fee and Most Manuscripts

July 14  Deadline to send manuscript for faculty (limited exceptions). Send electronic or hard copy, depending on each faculty’s preference. Any balance on your registration fee must be postmarked on this date—or whenever you enroll beyond this date.

We may accept later applications/submissions into August if space permits. Staggered due dates through August may be available for some Group A manuscripts. It may be possible to submit Group B manuscripts in August, but additional fees might apply. Inquire!

Step 4: Pre-Workshop Prep

Mid-July  Begin pre-workshop Home Study: our web pages and optional course manual with dozens of articles about craft and submissions; plus, enrollees’ manuscripts to choose for critiquing (along with an annotated peer roster).

Step 5: The Workshop and Beyond

In October, enjoy our beachfront seminar. Then enjoy occasional alumni newsletters and online dialogues throughout the year.

Join us on the sunny Central California coast—a cornucopia
of nature and culture. Perfect for a writer’s retreat!

We look forward to receiving your application!

“Amazing, extraordinary, enlightening, inspiring, and fun!
I’m so glad I was part of it all.”
— Helen Pyne, teens’ instructor and adult enrollee
  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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