Children's writers, DON'T MISS THIS!
A Manuscript Workshop -
in Vermont -
in July -
|Photo by Bill Toenjes|
with brilliant writing coach Esther Hershenhorn!
Esther is an author, a writing teacher, and blogger. She's a writing coach who helps authors achieve their dreams of turning manuscripts into books. I first met Esther when she was regional advisor of SCBWI-IL, and I can attest that she is one of the loveliest, talented, and most encouraging people in the kidlit world.
Recently, I sat down with Esther to ask her about the 2017 Vermont Manuscript Workshop that she will be leading. It will be held at the Landgrove Inn in Vermont on July 9-14.
Q: The Manuscript Workshop was founded by children's author Barbara Seuling. How did she impact your career as a writer, teacher, and coach?
GET IT PUBLISHED, both of which launched the careers of countless children's book creators. I feel so lucky to have known Barbara as a friend, to have learned from her as a writer, to have watched a true teacher at work. Last summer's attendees were lucky, too; her afternoon session was the icing on the cake. I'm already at work planning ways Barbara's affirming, caring spirit will continue to make itself known and breathe life into the Manuscript Workshop.
Q: Who do you feel will benefit most from this workshop - budding writers or more experienced ones?
Esther: The Manuscript Workshop is all about seeding and feeding children's book writers, giving each attendee what he or she needs (1) to grow his or her stories so they resound in readers' hearts and (2) to grow as a writer. There's the story the writer is telling, and there's the writer's story that the writer is living every day.
|Attendees at last year's Manuscript Workshop|
• a working manuscript on which to focus;
• a want and a need to take that manuscript to the necessary Next Level, whatever that might be; and
• a willingness to "only connect,' as P.L. Travers advised - with their world, their story, themselves.
All formats and genres for readers of all ages are welcomed!
Like Barbara, I do my best to make sure that any writer seeking the time, space, place, focus, insights, and care to make his or her story the best it can be will benefit from the Manuscript Workshop.
Q: How is leading this workshop different from coaching clients?
|Tranquility in Vermont|
Q: What is your favorite part of this workshop?
Esther: Last summer was my first time visiting Vermont's Green Mountains and the outstanding (and historic) Landgrove Inn that offered award-winning cuisine three times a day!
|Vermont's Green Mountains|
Photo by Compass Points Media
As I said earlier, if you are a writer, DON'T MISS THIS!
For more information about this year's Manuscript Workshop, or to discover more about Esther's work with students and writers, visit Esther's website HERE and HERE.
Please note that Tom Checchia is offering a 10% room discount at the Landgrove Inn for writers who register by Feb. 28th! Connect with the Landgrove Inn HERE.
Read Esther's blog about last year's Manuscript Workshop in Esther's blog post "Making Magic in Vermont."
Esther also reflects on the passing of the wonderful Barbara Seuling in "Barbara as Mentor" HERE.