Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Collaborative Novel Workshop

Date(s) - 06/27/2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Whether you have a work in progress, a completed novel, or this is your first novel writing experience this retreat is for you. (Note: this is a two-part series.)

Do you struggle with plotting out your novel? Do you find plotting a novel from the opening image to the final scene a challenge? Could you use collaborative partners to help you understand and implement all of the moving pieces? This two-part online retreat series based on the work of writing masters Lisa Cron (Story Genius) and Jessica Brody (Save the Cat Writes a Novel) is for you.


Part 1: Collaborative Novel Workshop
Summer 2020 to Summer 2021

Due to public health concerns, we have moved Part 1 (only) to an extended online platform. Part 2 will take place in person as scheduled.

With the help of Zoom technology, award-winning author N.L. Sharp and Shelly Nosbisch, MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts will guide collaborative groups in the novel planning process using the work of Lisa Cron’s Story Genius and Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.

What makes this series unique is that you aren’t struggling to figure out their strategies on your own. With our collaborative model, you’ll get feedback on your progress throughout the year and deepen your own craft knowledge while helping other members of the group through the process. Since we will be using the common language and terms from those two craft books, you will need to acquire and read both books before we begin in June.

This online developmental Workshop will utilize Zoom meetings to support your novel development and feel confidently prepared to meet agent Jennifer March Soloway in June 2021, at our “Advice from an Agent” Retreat.

Note: You may attend the Collaborative Online Workshop as a stand-alone or in conjunction with the Advice from an Agent retreat.

Why attend if you have already written your novel? The tools we will cover in this retreat can help with revisions: strengthening your story, making characters and their motivations more believable, and tightening up your plot.

Collaborative Novel Workshop Schedule

Part 1 Collaborative novel workshop is SOLD OUT
Keep an eye out in early 2021 to register for Part 2


Part 2: Advice from and Agent Retreat
June 25 – 27, 2021

Participants in the Collaborative Novel Workshop are invited to participate in the Advice from and Agent retreat. Jennifer March Soloway, associate agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, will help you create and refine your submission package (query, pitch, synopsis) and will provide a 15-minute face-to-face consultation on the topic of your choice. After the retreat, you will have an opportunity to query Jennifer. Those who participated in the collaborative novel workshop will be able to submit to an additional list of agents and editors that are open to submissions from retreat participants and will get additional face time with Jennifer March Soloway. Details to come.


Novel Development Retreat Registration

Parts 1 and 2
   Members: $375.00
   Nonmembers: $425.00
Part 1 only
   Members: $100.00
   Nonmembers: $150.00


Registration includes all instruction (plus meals for Part 2 if you are registering for both now). Registration closes June 1, 2020.

Part 2 Location and Lodging Information


This event is fully booked.