• $2,495.00 – Program Price

Whole Novel Workshop MG/YA 2018

With Sarah Aronson, Nancy Werlin, A.M. Jenkins, Jennifer Jacobson, Nicole Valentine and Rob Costello

August 12 - 18, 2018

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission.

Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge you to look at your novel critically and to find openings and opportunities for revision. This comprehensive workshop includes one-on-one sessions, lectures, group discussions, and exercises to support and facilitate your creative process. The goal is to help you revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission.

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle grade and young adult novels. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial investments. Our aim is to focus on a specific work in progress, moving a novel to the next level in preparation for submission to agents or publishers. Focused attention in an intimate setting makes this mentorship program one that guarantees significant progress. Our novel mentorship program includes:

  • Focused, one-on-one response to your entire novel-in-progress from an accomplished author and teacher;
  • Group discussion and feedback;
  • Seminars on technique, craft, query letters, and agent/editor submissions;
  • Ample time to write and revise;
  • Writing exercises and group reading.

The Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft of a novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop, followed by a week of intense, one-on-one mentoring.

Please note: Application deadline is May 12, 2018. Decisions will be made after the application deadline. You will be expected to turn in your full manuscript soon thereafter.

Faculty blog posts:
Listen for Stories
Tranform Introspection into Dialogue
Highlights from the 2015 Workshop
Eulogy Virtues

Please note: we are still adding faculty to this workshop.

About the Leaders

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has published three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, andBelieve. Titles forthcoming include her first nonfiction picture book, Just Like Rube Goldberg (Beach Lane Books) and a chapter book series, “The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever” (Scholastic, 2017). Sarah […]

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Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin is the author of nine young-adult novels that range from contemporary realism to mystery to fantasy. Her books include the New York Times bestsellerImpossible (fantasy), the National Book Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist The Rules of Survival (realistic fiction), the Edgar award winner The Killer’s Cousin(mystery/suspense) and Unthinkable, a sequel toImpossible.

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A.M. Jenkins

A.M. Jenkins

A.M. (Amanda) Jenkins is the author of six YA novels, including the Printz Honor Book Repossessed and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Damage. Other honors include a PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, the California Young Reader Medal, YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, […]

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Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer is the author of many books for children including the early-reader series Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle (Junior Library Guild Selection, Chicago Public Library’s Best Children’s Book), the young adult novel Stained (ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Book, New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen […]

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Nicole Valentine

Nicole Valentine

Nicole Valentine holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently working on her middle grade time travel novel, The Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity. Her short story, “The Weeping Beech,” can be found in Oermead Press’ anthology, Chester County Fiction. Nicole was the Chief Technology Officer […]

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Rob Costello

Rob Costello

Rob writes fiction for and about young people. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals including Narrative and Eclectica. He is hard at work on his debut young adult novel The Sheltering Sea. Learn more at

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