Monday, March 14, 2011


You’ve written a novel, something that everyone seems to talk about doing
but almost no one manages. But you . . . you have done it. What an

Now what? Once your book lands on an editor’s desk, it has about three
seconds to grab the editor and hold his or her attention. Three seconds.
After all of your work, your struggle, the heart and soul you have put into
those pages. Three seconds. Your next step is crucial: you must be
certain—before you send the book out—that it is ready for editorial review.

The Highlights Foundation, along with Newbery-honor author Carolyn Coman,
created the Whole Novel Workshop for writers like you. This workshop does
what an MFA program does—without the added time and expense. It provides
the writer with an accomplished mentor. That mentor will read and critique
your entire novel before the workshop begins and then work with you for a
full week, guiding you as you polish your book so that an editor will pick
it up and not want to put it down until the last page has been turned.

During the Whole Novel Workshop, you will enjoy
• focused one-on-one response to your entire novel in progress from
acclaimed author Carolyn Coman or accomplished editor Joy Neaves;
• group critiques;
• seminars on technique and craft; and
• ample time to write and revise in a private, rustic cabin.

Give your work its best chance to pass the three-second test. Devote a week
of your summer (June 5–12, 2011) to polishing your novel at the Whole Novel

Carolyn Coman’s most recent book for children, The Memory Bank, is a
graphic story book created in collaboration with artist Rob Shepperson.
Other books for children and young adults include What Jamie Saw (National
Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor book), Many Stones (National Book
Award finalist and Printz Honor book), The Big House, and Sneaking
Suspicions. She has taught fiction writing at Harvard Extension, and been
on the faculty of Vermont College and Hamline University, in their MFA
programs for Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Joy Neaves has ten years of experience as an editor of children’s picture
books, poetry, and middle-grade and young-adult fiction. She has overseen
the publication of several internationally acclaimed authors, including the
Australian writers Judith Clarke and Steven Herrick, and the Swedish writer
Per Nilsson. She is currently the Assistant Director of the University
Writing Center at UNC Asheville and a freelance editor at

Applications for the Whole Novel Workshop are being accepted through March
25, 2011. You will be notified of acceptance status by April 8, 2011. Only
eight students will be accepted, to ensure that each novel receives the
close attention it deserves. To apply, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192,
e-mail, or request an application online.

Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops take place near Honesdale,
Pennsylvania. You’ll stay in your own cozy cabin, surrounded by 1,300
wooded acres and hiking trails. Workshop fee includes individual cabins;
all meals (provided by a top-notch chef); airport pickup service, if
needed; and an intimate teaching setting at the homeplace of the Founders
of Highlights for Children.

Please feel free to share this e-mail with others who might have an
interest or to include the information in blog posts or through other
social networking forums.
(See attached file: WholeNovel_Email_2011.docx)
Jo Lloyd
Program Assistant
Highlights Foundation, 814 Court Street, Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (877) 512-8365 (toll-free) or (570) 251-4557
Fax: (570) 253-0179

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