Admist the great hulabaloo/hoopla around another amazing summer — and it is top-notch hulabaloo/hoopla, mind you; just check out our upcoming events here — let us not forget that lurking at the tail end of summer stands, wallflower-ish, the most epic children’s and young adult writing workshop on the planet.
That’s right, it’s the Big Sur Writing Workshops for picture books, early reader, middle grade and young adult (YA) fiction, sponsored by the Henry Miller Memorial Library and the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. The next workshop will be held November 30-December 2, 2012 in Big Sur.
Now, I got a call the other day from a prospective attendee, and she asked, for a lack of better term, if the workshop could be called a “success” for participants.
To which I employed some slick Clintonian parsing, squeezed my right thumb to my index finger, gently squinted, and chuckled,”well, it depends on what you mean by ‘success.‘”
If by “success” you mean an….
* opportunity to substantially improve upon your children’s or young adult book, or a…
* chance to network with fellow writers from all of the US, as well as world-class agents, authors, and editors, or a….
* beautiful weekend in the heart of Big Sur during the bright crispness of late fall….
….then yes, the workshop is a resounding success. And don’t just take our word for it: click here and read dozens upon dozens of glowing testimonials from satisfied alumni.
But we also live in a material world, and “success” is often defined in Babylon-like terms. And that’s cool too. I, for example, just bought a new shirt at Plato’s Closet and Keely even remarked on it*, and it rules and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
So, if by “success” you mean:
* Financial success in which an attending agent signs a participant to a (potentially lucrative) publishing deal?
Then – you guessed it – yes, the workshop is also a success. An astonishing success, actually: click this link to read about verrrrry nice publishing deals that were struck thanks to the workshop. We’re talking, like, six-figure deals.
Because as the evidences shows, no matter how you cut it, the workshop will be a very successful investment of your time and money.
If it were a stock, we’d buy it!
* Actually, the conversation was more like, “Hey Keely….notice anything different about me?” Keely: “um…..oh, is that a new shirt?” Me: “Yes!!”