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August 2014
$250 for full retreat, workshops also available a la carte

Novel Revision Retreat with Darcy Pattison

August 22 - 25
Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center,
660 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, MA 01845 United States
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Author Anne Broyles is organizing three writing retreats at the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA with mentor teacher, DARCY PATTISON, author of ten children’s books (and five more due out in 2014). She is also known for her numerous books on the craft of writing. In 1999, Darcy created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she teaches nationwide. Her work has been translated into eight languages. Darcy is offering three retreat experiences at the Rolling Ridge…

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Polishing Your Query Letter Workshop at The Writers’ Loft

August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Are you a writer ready to start querying agents or editors, but you’re not sure where to begin? Kristine Carlson Asselin started querying agents in 2010. She’s now happily signed with an agent, and has recently signed with Bloomsbury Spark for her debut young adult novel. Let her experience with querying help you get off on the right foot. This two-hour workshop will also touch on polishing your synopsis and first page. Free query critique included with class registration. Registration…

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Kidlit Drink Night

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meadhall,
4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Since Feb. 2012, this group of Boston-area librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, agents, booksellers, and other friends of YA/children’s literature have been getting together every couple of months to talk, drink, share ARCs, and raise money for kidlit causes. And drink. Hey, just because we read books written for kids doesn’t mean we aren’t grown-ups, right? Join the Facebook group to be invited to future Kidlit Drink Night events.

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Kara Weiss at More Than Words

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
More Than Words,
242 E. Berkeley St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 United States
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More Than Words is excited to host Kara Weiss, author of Late Lights, for an author event! She will be discussing her book, which tells the story of a group of at-risk youth coming of age in Boston. Join us for this reading followed by a youth-led discussion.

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September 2014
$150/members; $200/non-members

Read YA like a Writer class with author AC Gaughen begins at The Writers’ Loft

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Most writers are tremendous readers — but how often do we get caught up in the plot and the romance and the TENSION! and forget that there are amazing lessons right in front of us? Each week, we’ll meet with one book to discuss and break down the elements of craft within, training our eye to critically appreciate. Participants will then move from a discussion to application of this to their own work with alternating writing or reflection time included…

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$55.00/members; $65.00/non-members

The Emotional Rollercoaster: Plotting the Young Adult Novel class at GrubStreet

September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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What’s the first word you think of when you hear “teenager?” It begins with a D… Yes, DRAMA. Teenage drama, while tortuous to navigate as a teen or the parent of a teen, is rife with the stuff of good fiction. Teenagers are interesting. And dramatic. Which is, in part, why we’re seeing such a boom in the production of fiction for and about them. In this workshop we will: • quickly discuss the definition of young adult fiction, breaking…

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Jen Malone at Melrose Public Library

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melrose Public Library Children’s Room,
69 W. Emerson St. , Melrose, MA 02176 United States
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Jen Malone has published her first novel and you’re invited to help us celebrate! Bring the kids!! Jen will read from her new book, At Your Service (Simon & Schuster, 2104), and answer your questions — and then you will enter the world of twelve-year-old Chloe Turner, junior concierge at a fancy-schmantzy NYC hotel. You’ll create your own slam book, go on a scavenger hunt for pressed pennies, decorate cupcakes, and develop your dream itinerary. Sales of the book will…

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Gregory Maguire at the Walpole Barnes & Noble

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Walpole Barnes & Noble,
Walpole Mall, 82 Providence Highway, Walpole, MA 02032 United States
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Author Gregory Maguire will celebrate the release of his new novel Egg and Spoon with a signing at the Walpole Barnes & Noble.

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$200/non-members; $150/members

Revise Your Novel class with author Erin Dionne begins at The Writers’ Loft

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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6 Thursdays, September 18-October 23, from 7-9pm at the Writers’ Loft. Congratulations! You’ve finished a novel! Or chapter book. Or picture book…or any book! Getting that draft on paper is a huge achievement. But you’re not done yet. Revision is a key element of creating a work of fiction: polishing, editing, and reviewing your work from an objective point of view is necessary to bring a manuscript to a professional level. Cost: $200 non-member, $150 Writers’ Loft member (Learn more…

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Sarah Brannen at The Concord Bookshop

September 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Concord Bookshop,
65 Main St., Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Author/illustrator Sarah S. Brannen will read, discuss, and sign her newest picture book Madame Martine at Concord Bookshop. Sarah S. Brannen has illustrated over fifteen books for children. She is the author and illustrator of Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008). Uncle Bobby’s Wedding has received extensive publicity since its publication; it was the eighth most-challenged book in the US in 2008. Sarah also illustrated Feathers: Not Just For Flying, a Junior Library Guild selection; At Home in…

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