March 7-9, 2014 in Seaside

The March 7 – 9, 2014 workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in lovely Seaside, CA – just two miles from Monterey. (scroll down for a FAQ section). IT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Pricing is as follows (and schedule is below.)  For quick registration call us at 831-667-2574 with a credit card handy. (if we don’t answer just leave a message with a number to call you back!) Or you can download the registration form and mail it in here: MWWReg14

REGISTRATION for the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop
March 7 – 9, 2013
FULL PACKAGE (Shared Room)………………………………………….775.00
LOCAL RATE (Workshop no lodging)……………………………………600.00
GUEST (Meals and lodging)……………………………………………….390.00
PRIVATE ROOM SURCHARGE………………………………………..…..170.00

At the time of registration we need your name, payment and contact info.
Visa, Amex, Discover, Master Card.

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 7:
2:00: Welcome and introductions at Embassy Suites conference room
3:30—5:30: Critique Group 1
5:45—6:45: Cocktail party in hotel lobby
6:45: Dinner and presentation by Magnus Toren

Saturday, March 8:
7:30—8:30: Breakfast in hotel lobby
8:45—10:45: Critique Group 2
11:00—Noon: Editors panel
Noon: Boxed lunch in hotel lobby
Revising time in afternoon.
3:45—5:45: Return to Critique Group 1
5:45—6:45: Cocktail party in hotel lobby
6:45: Dinner and evening program with Susan Katz of Facebook and Lara Perkins, ABLA Digital Manager/Assoc. Agent
“What authors need to know about social media for both print books and ebooks”

Sunday, March 9:
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 7-9, 2014 (Seaside, CA) 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.

    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.

    How do I get to the Embassy Suites in Seaside, CA?
    From SF, click here; from LA, here.  The Embassy is located at 1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, California, United States 93955; Tel: 1-831-393-1115.

    What’s the nearest airport?
    That’d be the Monterey Peninsula Airport.  Once you arrive, you can call the hotel and ask for the shuttle by calling 831-393-1115. (The hotel is only 10 minutes away.)  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 2 PM, however, due to the check-out time being 3PM there is no guarantee that you’ll be accessing your room until 3.  In the unlikely event you won’t be able to access your room right away, the hotel 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 831-241-9116. Mention that you are part of the Big Sur Writing Workshop to get a discount on the room rate.   If you need to speak with someone immediately during business hours you can also call Gretchen Andersen at 831-241-9133.

    What should I bring?
    Well, the rooms have TV, radio, wi-fi, and alarm clocks.  Despite these modern conveniences/distractions, we hope you plan to write.  So, naturally, bring pads, laptops, word processors, and yes, even a printer or two.

    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?
    Yes!   The hotel has an indoor spa/pool.

    Ahhh I still I have questions!

    Call us!  831-667-2574!

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