Upcoming Workshop

Fourth Annual Craft-Based Workshop for Middle-Grade & YA Writers

 September 15 to 18, 2016

Better Books Marin 3rd Annual Workshop

Ready to Write?? As in the past,  we will focus intensively in a small, interactive workshop facilitated by three amazing editors and a top agent. We will share three-and-a-half invigorating days exploring elements of our craft on the coast north of San Francisco.

The Better Books Workshop is limited to fewer than 25 seasoned writers, and designed to provide deep immersion in craft, discussion, and high-level critique.  You need not be published, but we ask that you’ve completed at least one middle-grade or YA manuscript. Workshop fee includes food, lodging, and a written and oral critique of 25-pages. Faculty will be sent advance copies of manuscripts, then lead small group critique sessions the first day. Small groups will  reconvene on Sunday to reflect and  discuss  plans for revision.

2016 Faculty

Heather Alexander is an agent at Pippin Properties, working with artists and authors of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels. She looks for work that will stand the test of time and tell brand new stories in fresh and interesting ways. Some of her clients include Alison McGhee, Kate McMullan, Darren Farrell, and Andrew Harwell. When not reading, Heather likes to make all kinds of things.

Andrew Harwell is a Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, focusing on middle grade and young adult fiction. He especially loves books that push normative boundaries to reach readers who feel like they exist outside them. At Harper, Andrew has the privilege of working with such authors as Dan Gutman, Noelle Stevenson, Madeleine Roux, Zac Brewer, Adam Silvera, and more. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Andrew is a piano player, a gamer, and a film fanatic.

Abby Ranger is a senior editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She acquires middle grade and young adult novels, and select picture books. Her twelve-year career in publishing includes previous editorial posts at Scholastic and Disney-Hyperion. Abby is proud to work with acclaimed and bestselling authors such as Cinda Williams Chima, Amie Kaufman, Linda Sue Park, and Obert Skye, among others. Her latest project, forthcoming in October 2016, is an outrageously funny middle grade novel starring an unusual class pet, Hamstersaurus Rex, by Tom O’Donnell, illustrated by Tim Miller.

Kate Sullivan is a Senior Editor at Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, where she works on middle grade and young adult content. Previously, she was at Little, Brown, where she edited many bestselling and award winning authors, including Malinda Lo, Darren Shan, Kody Keplinger, Gail Carriger, Carrie Ryan, and Margaret Stohl. She’s a sucker for speculative fiction, humorous realistic, animal books, and anything that gives voice to marginalized perspectives or people who can’t speak for themselves. Kate grew up in Belgium and enjoys making dioramas.

Past Faculty