March 6-8, 2015 in Big Sur

The March 6-8, 2015 workshop is held at the Big Sur Lodge in the lovely Pfeiffer State Park in the heart of Big Sur, 25 miles south of Carmel.


Details will be posted below as they come available.


It is helpful if you let us know into what category your work fits:
Picture Book, Early Reader, Middle Grade, Young Adult or ‘other.’

After you have registered please e-mail us your writing samples as follows:
The first two pages of text (single spaced), or up to the first 500 words, or, if picture book the entire text.

Also send a query letter and, if you like, a synopsis of your work(s) as these will be dealt with during the course of the workshop to help writers make them as strong as possible.
Please email your submission to:


Big Sur Writing Workshop/March/Monterey

Friday, March 6:
2:00: Welcome and introductions at conference room
3:30—5:30: Critique Group 1
5:45—6:45: Cocktail party
6:45: Dinner and presentation by Magnus Toren

Saturday, March 7:
7:30—8:30: Breakfast
8:45—10:45: Critique Group 2
11:00—Noon: Editors panel
Noon: Boxed lunch
Revising time in afternoon.
3:45—5:45: Return to Critique Group 1
5:45—6:45: Cocktail party
6:45: Dinner and evening TBA

Sunday, March 8:
7:30—8:30: Breakfast in hotel lobby
8:45—10:45: Return to Critique Group 2
11:00—Noon: Agents Panel
Noon: Farewell and check out

Both critique groups meet twice. Different manuscripts or chapters may be brought to different groups. Bring 6 copies of whatever you decide to bring to work on and critique to share with groups. Entire picture books may be read, some writers will work on first 7-10 pages, and some on entire chapters. Bring this schedule with you to workshop.

  • March 6-8, 2015, Big Sur, FAQs

    March 2012 Big Sur in Monterey. l-r: agent Jen Rofé, film agent Brandy Rivers, agent Mary Kole, Hyperion editor Lisa Yoskowitz, Big Sur Fairy Godmother Jan Elfman, and agent Caryn Wiseman.

    Fa. l-r: agent Jen Rofé, film agent Brandy Rivers, agent Mary Kole, Hyperion editor Lisa Yoskowitz, Big Sur Fairy Godmother Jan Elfman, and agent Caryn Wiseman.

    How do I get to the Lodge in Big Sur CA?
    Click here or call 831-667-3100

    What’s the nearest airport?
    That’d be the Monterey Peninsula Airport.  Airports within 2 hours driving time are San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco airports.

    When’s check-in?
    Check-in at the hotel is between 12 and 4 PM. In the unlikely event you won’t be able to access your room right away, the Lodge will be able to safely store your luggage until your room is ready.

    What if I want to stay extra nights?
    If you are interested in staying extra nights before or after the workshop please call the hotel directly at 831- 667-3100. Mention that you are part of the Big Sur Writing Workshop to get a discount on the room rate.

    What can I expect in terms of critique groups?
    The main format is small critique groups consisting of four to six people in each critique group with all or most writers writing in the same genre as much as is possible with the number of attendees and number of people writing in each genre.

    How many pages should I bring?  How many copies?
    Sessions are two hours each and you will meet with 2 different faculty members, twice. So bring…

    • At least 10 copies each for the pages you want to concentrate on during the weekend
    • The first chapter or first 10 pages in one of the critique groups
    • Another chapter or parts of two or three chapters to work on
    • At least one full copy of your manuscript
    • A sample query letter and/or synopsis as we will have short sessions on writing your query letters or pitch letters

    What about the dress code?
    Dress code is casual and comfortable. We will have a couple of cocktail parties but it’ll all be informal, casual and fun.

    Should I bring, say, swimwear?
    Well, doubt the pool will be open – still a bit too cold in March!

    Ahhh…I still I have questions!

    Call us!  831-667-2574!

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