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Big Sur Writing Workshop for PB - YA

Hey guys,

I wanted to spread the word about the Big Sur Fiction Writing Workshop happening here in California March 2nd-4th. It's a workshop for children's book writers (PB-YA), co-sponsored by the Henry Miller Memorial Library and Andrea Brown Literary Agency, in Big Sur, an absolutely gorgeous sliver of the central coast.

What I love about this conference is the small writer-to-faculty ratio, which is 5 to 1 or less, with a guarantee you'll work closely with at least three different faculty. The weekend is also put together as a package deal with lodging, meals (including tax and grats), and a cocktail reception included in the cost. They even set up roommates (in two-room units) and help coordinate carpooling when possible.

This year's faculty includes:

Brandy Rivers, literary manager/producer at Magnet Management.
Lisa Yoskowitz, editor at Disney-Hyperion.
Sharyn November, senior editor at Viking Children's Books.
Julie Romeis, executive editor at Chronicle Books.
Catherine Ryan Hyde, multi-published children's book author.
Eric J. Adams, author, film producer, screenwriter, and journalist.

Plus eight Andrea Brown agents:

Andrea Brown
Laura Rennert
Caryn Wiseman
Jaime Weiss Chilton
Kelly Sonnack
Jennifer Rofe
Jennifer Laughran
Jennifer Mattson

The deadline to register is February 10th and I've heard from Mike Scutari at Henry Miller that they still have some open spots. You can check out the website here and some workshop success stories here.

Hope you consider going, but if you can't make it this year put it down for 2013!


  1. This sounds like such a fabulous opportunity! Maybe some year I'll spend a year in the U.S. attending all the cool conferences. :)

  2. I've always wanted to attend this conference. Big Sur is so beautiful, and it's a fantastic writing opportunity. Maybe someday...

  3. I've heard awesome thinks about this conference and that people meet their agents at it. Wish I could go.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I've heard some good things about the Andrea Brown Agency.

  5. I'd love to go but its a bit too far of a drive up the coast with the young ones in tow. But sounds like a great time!

  6. Although I've only been to that area once, it's etched in my mind as my favorite place on the planet (that I've seen so far). And I wish my budget allowed me room to go. I'd so love to. Sounds like it's a yearly thing? If so, hopefully I can attend soon.

  7. Sounds awesome. Wish I could go!

  8. I've attended in the past and loved it. This is a great workshop. I can't make it this year but I'll try to put it on my list for next year. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. one year, by gum, I will scrape together enough coin to go. It's my birthday weekend too! maybe next year!

  10. I'd love to attend! It won't be in the cards for me this year but maybe next year. :)

  11. I've heard great things about the conference, but I'm going to the RWA nationals this year and can't do both. :(

  12. I SO wish I could go. Sounds fantastic. *sniff sniff* Maybe next year.

  13. Not this year for me, but you know, I need to put it on the calendar for 2013...at the rate I keep saying next year, y'all will have to wheel a ninety year old me into my room.

    All best to those attending, it will be wonderful I'm sure!

  14. Sounds wonderful. Look at the great people who will be there! Too bad I'm on the other coast.

  15. I really want to go to Big Sur. I've heard great things about it. I think I'll try and go next year. I won't be able to make it this year.

  16. I just signed up! It's my first workshop (or conference, or anything else "official", actually)--I'm SUPER exited, but also really nervous!

    Now to get my manuscript whipped into shape, yikes.

  17. I just signed up as well. I've been wanting to check this one out for a while- Can't wait and see you there Triona!

  18. I'm still considering it. I considered the last one right up to the last day. Thinking...

  19. Also like to point out that this blog is where I researched my agent Caryn Wiseman of ABLA and I ADORE her! I'm thinking of going to the conference just to meet her.

  20. Have a fantastic time Triona and Dustin!! And you as well, Terry, if you go. It would be so wonderful for you to meet Caryn!

  21. I've started saving and planning for next year. :) *fingers crossed*