Our March workshop in Seaside, CA (March 2-4) is still taking registrations! If you’re an aspiring young adult fiction writer, this is the place for you. Read more about it and register here and Like it on Facebook here.
It will sell out, so let any remotely interested friends know.
And then there’s the news from last week where we announced that Lisa Yoskowitz, Disney-Hyperion, joined the faculty.
Which brings me to my next point. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a sec. We, as artists, don’t write, paint, or draw and then stuff it in a truck in the ceiling waiting for someone to discover it 100 years later. We ain’t Emily Dickinson or whatever.
We want people to read our stuff, and hey, if by coming to the Big Sur Writing Workshop you can also secure a publishing deal, well hey, that’s great. In fact, it’s a fairly common occurrence. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and their army of publishers and editors will be in attendance, providing helpful feedback and yes, looking for new talent.
We actually have a fantastic track record of putting writers in touch with publishers. Here are some examples!
* Congratuations to Kim Culbertson, Big Sur Writing Workshop alumni, her YA novel Songs for a Teenage Nomad was recently picked up by Daniel Ehrenhaft, the senior editor at Sourcebooks, to be reissued in hardback under their new young adult imprint FIRE for fall of 2010. The imprint will also publish her second YA novel Traveling Instructions for the spring of 2011.
* Jennifer Laughran from ABLA (and workshop faculty member) recently sold the middle grade mystery THE WIG IN THE WINDOW, by Kristin Kittscher, who attended Big Sur in 2010, to HarperCollins (to be edited by former Big Sur faculty editor Rosemary Brosnan!)”
* The adult fiction workshop in March: Congratulations to Rebecca Wolf, attendee from 2005 on her sale of Rockabye to editor Brooke Warner at Avalon Books, sold by agent, Laura Rennert.