New faculty additions to the Big Sur Writing Workshop for Children to Young Adults! Now accepting registrations!

We said we may be adding faculty members in the run-up to the March 1-3 Big Sur Writing Workshop for Children to Young Adults and we weren’t lying!

We’re very pleased to add three editors to our esteemed faculty.  Spaces are filling up, so register today HERE!

And here are our wonderful new additions!

Alyson Heller is an associate editor at Aladdin Books, an imprint of S&S Children’s, where she edits everything from picture books through middle-grade novels. Some of her upcoming projects include Don’t Wear Polka Dot Underwear with White Pants (and other Lessons I’ve Learned), Frosting and Friendship, and a picture book debut called The Monstore.

She also edits many of the books within the Aladdin MIX line and several on-going series.  She is particularly interested in middle-grade fiction with a strong girl protagonist, distinctive and true voice, and a fun/unique commercial hook—a little magic never hurt, either.


Melissa Manlove is an Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for seven years. She is passionate about all age groups and genres of children’s books, with the exception of religious topics.

When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual.  An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 12 years of children’s bookselling experience.

Special talents include reading and walking at the same time, batting her eyelashes (but only ironically), and making killer desserts. She has no nicknames, but several toddlers know her only as a puppet alligator.

Cynthia FrankCynthia Frank, president of QED Press, Cypress House and Lost Coast Press, has more than twenty-five years experience in writing, publishing, editing and teaching. Her articles, essays, book reviews and poetry have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, newsletters and anthologies.

Cypress House is a full-service book production and promotion company as well as royalty house. Cypress House books have won awards and grants from the Before Columbus Foundation, WESTAF, PMA, Independent Publisher, ForeWord Magazine, IAPHC, the Society of Automotive Historians, the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Cat Writers Association, the Camoes Institute, the IBL and the Gulbenkian Foundation.


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