Attention Novelists and Nonfiction Writers! | Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Program 2012

Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Program 2012

The Whole Megillah is a big fan of any of the Highlights Foundation workshops (including the one for writers of Jewish-themed content, which is being planned now for 2013!). The Whole Novel Program can bring your novel to new levels. (BTW, I’m a teaching assistant at the Whole “Novel” Program for nonfiction in May.)

Many times when a manuscript is rejected, it isn’t because the writing is weak. It’s because the manuscript isn’t ready. We all want to push our work to the next phase, but sometimes we submit work to agents or publishers before its ready. Maybe we’ve shown the manuscript to our writing group. Maybe we’ve revised a few times. Maybe we think we’ve done all we can do. But what we really need is a writing coach, a revision plan, and a clear strategy to make the best book we can. In today’s demanding world of publishing, you get only one chance grab the attention of an agent or editor, so make that chance count. Make sure you are ready.

The Highlights Foundation’s Whole Novel Workshop has been helping writers polish their manuscripts since 2006. Participants receive a reading of and editorial response to their complete manuscript prior to a week dedicated to revision and readying your manuscript for submission. We offer an award-winning faculty of writers, editors, and agents to help make your book the best it can be. Through one-on-one critiques and small-group discussions, we focus on revision plans, query letters, and pitch strategies to get you ready to submit. We also nourish your creativity with a private cabin in which to think and write, farm-style meals, and an environment that will refresh your publishing dreams.

Whole Novel Workshops offer targeted programs for nonfiction narrative (in May), fiction for middle-school readers (in July), and young-adult readers (in October). Our first whole novel workshop in 2012 takes place March 11–17. Submission deadline is December 30. The faculty includes award-winning authors and talented teachers Kathi Appelt, Alan Gratz, and Jeannette Ingold, as well smart and sassy editor Martha Mahalick from Greenwillow Books. Authors Janet Fox and Karen Henley round out the support team as teaching assistants.

Come spend a week in the woods and finally get your manuscript ready for publication.

To secure your spot, or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192, e-mail, or request an application online

To find out more and to apply to the Whole Novel Workshop, visit


About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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2 Responses to Attention Novelists and Nonfiction Writers! | Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Program 2012

  1. Ooooh, the middle-grade workshop would be terrific for me. I might just apply for a scholarship and see if I could go. Thanks for posting this and reminding me to take a look.

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