Posted by: anitanolan | August 5, 2011

NJ SCBWI Writer’s Retreat

This year’s Writer’s Retreat is set for the weekend of September 30th to October 2nd at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, NJ.  If you haven’t been to one of these, it’s a great experience. Just a few people (maybe 20 or so) spend the weekend with two editors or agents. This year, editor Connie Hsu from Little, Brown and Co. and editor Heather Alexander from Dial will be at the retreat.

You will spend 45 minutes with an editor and 45 minutes with a critique group to discuss your manuscript and writing.  It includes meals with the editors, plus a First Page Session, a writing workshop and a writing contest.

Connie Hsu has edited the whole spectrum, from board books to The A-List : Hollywood Royalty. She’s also the editor of The Devouring, a YA horror trilogy, Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles series, and Moonshadow, a middle grade ninja adventure.  Her acquisitions include Happyface, a fully illustrated YA novel, The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, a laugh-out-loud middle grade novel about a nanny pig, and Fifty Cents and a Dream, a picture book biography about Booker T. Washington.

 Heather Alexander has been with Dial for three years.  She has worked on, Beyond Lucky, a middle-grade novel by Sarah Aronson; and Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. She is also editor for the Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child, and co-edited Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni.  Heather is always on the lookout for stories with real-kid emotions, and stories with a really unique hook or a great voice. She loves books with one foot in fantasy, but grounded in reality—she is not the go-to gal for paranormal. She is a sucker for a good underdog story. Her current favorite books are Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, and Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban.


$350 Retreat with No overnight room
$403 Retreat with Saturday night shared room
$465 Retreat with Saturday night single room
$465 Retreat with Friday night and Saturday night shared room
$580 Retreat with Friday night and Saturday night single room

For more information, see Kathy Temean’s blog.

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