Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

The VCFA Writing Novels for Young People Retreat is a working weekend for serious writers of middle-grade and young adult books. If you want to take your writing to a new level in a condensed, dynamic weekend, please join our community!

What are you looking for? Feedback? Inspiration? Time to write?

There are three tracks for this craft-focused event: two separate critique tracks and one writing track.

For an additional cost, 13 participants from either track can put their first chapters (up to ten pages) under the editorial microscope for a critique with the guest editor. Critique slots are filled by the order of applications received.

New This Year

Critique Track I

Critique Track One includes informal small critique groups and a one-on-one meeting with one of the chosen faculty members.

Critique Track II

The guided critique group will be led by Maggie Lehrman and Sarah Aronson. To join this group, please prepare a 10-page submission, plus synopsis for your whole novel. Maggie and Sarah will email you feedback before the retreat begins. This workshop will include not just critique but also writing exercises and prompts. You will also receive a critique from one of the guest authors

Writing Track

The writing track offers the writer time and space for revision. Lectures and discussions are open to all. Evenings will include our annual Alumni lecture as well as an open mic session.

For an additional cost, 13 participants from either track can put their first chapters (up to five pages) under the editorial microscope for a critique with the guest editor. Critique slots are filled by the order of applications received.

Registration will open on November 1, 2017. Stay tuned for links!

Fees

The fee includes accommodations (double occupancy) in the dorms at Vermont College of Fine Arts for Friday and Saturday nights. Meals are included (except Thurs night).

  • Retreat expenses, room & board: $475.00
  • Deposit due upon registration: $200.00
  • Balance due by January 27, 2018: $275.00
  • Guided Critique fee: $100.00
  • Optional Critique with an Editor: $50.00
  • If you would like to arrive on Thursday or would like a single room, that can be accommodated for an extra fee of $50.00
  • Thursday night dinner: $25.00

Registration

Applications will be accepted on November 1, 2017 and will be accepted via lottery and notified the following day. There will be a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations.

Manuscripts for critique and workshop are due by January 28, 2018. Please include a one page synopsis with all submissions.

Cancellation Policy: the $200 deposit will be refundable if the Retreat is able to fill the spot. There is no refund of the deposit for critique tracks after Jan 27, 2018.

Registration opens November 1, 2017.


Contact:

Sarah Aronson

Retreat Coordinator
417 Lee Street
Evanston, Il 60202
Phone: (847) 868-4703
Email: sarah.n.aronson@gmail.com

Cindy Faughnan

Retreat Coordinator
Phone: (802) 649-2881
Email: faughnanc@yahoo.com


Retreat Dates

  • March 23-25, 2018 (Optional early arrival March 22)

Registration Deadlines

  • Starting registration: November 1, 2017

Faculty

  • Donna Gephart
  • Nova Ren Suma
  • Amanda Maciel
  • Maggie Lehrman
  • Sarah Aronson

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