Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 19, 2011

Mary Kole – Character Intenisve with Grosso, Abbott & Mikulski

Don’t miss Mary and the girls on June 3rd.

You can spend the afternoon honing your writing skills by focusing in on your characters during this indepth workshop intensive.  

Three talented authors and one top New York agent:

Mary Kole, Associate Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency and

 Bio:Mary came to children’s literature from a writer’s perspective and started reading at Andrea Brown Literary Agency to see what it was like “on the other side of the desk.” She quickly found her passion there and, after a year of working behind the scenes, officially joined the agency in August 2009. In her quest to learn all sides of publishing, she has also worked in the children’s editorial department at Chronicle Books and earned herMFA in creative writing at theUniversity of San Francisco. At this time,Mary is only considering young adult and middle grade fiction and truly exceptional picture books from authors, illustrators, and author/illustrators. She prefers upmarket premises with literary spark and commercial appeal. Her favorite genres are character-driven fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, thriller, horror, humor, contemporary, romance and mystery. She operates the Andrea Brown East office fromBrooklyn,NY.


Keri Mikulski is the author of the young adult novel, Head Games (Razorbill/Penguin, January 2011), Stealing Bases (Razorbill/Penguin, May 2011), Pretty Tough Books 5 and 6, Screwball (Blitz, 2008), and its sequel Change Up (Blitz, 2009)

A three-sport athlete in high school, Keri worked as a personal trainer, lifeguard, registered nurse, middle school teacher, columnist, and high school coach. Currently, she teaches college writing courses while working towards a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.


Alissa Grosso’s first YA novel, Popular, coming out in May 2011 by Flux.  At various points in her working life she has been a tavern wench, a term paper writer, a newspaper editor and a children’s librarian.

She has published short stories in ‘zines, Central PA Magazine, and an anthology. She works as a sales consultant for a book distributor

Ellen Jensen Abbott is the author of  a YA fantasy, Watersmeet (Marshall Cavendish, 2009). The sequel to Watersmeet is due in Fall 2011. 
Ellen Jensen Abbott grew up in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains—often disappearing for a whole day to build forts, pretend, and read in the fields and forests around her house. She has degrees in English and education from Brown and Harvard Universities. When she is not dreaming up stories about Seldara, she teaches English at a boarding school in Westtown, PA. Ellen, her husband, and two children like to spend time outdoors: camping and hiking in the summer; skiing and snowboarding in the winter. She and her family live in West Chester, PA with their dog and small flock of chickens.

Mary Kole has joined the Characterization Intensive on June 3rd and will help the small limited group of attendees with their writing excercises and in addition, she will critique the first two pages of your manuscript, review your synopsis, help with the query letter, listen to the pitch you put together for the manuscript, and give you pointers.

Still a few spaces left.  Don’t let someone else snatch up your spot.  Here are some helpful links:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This. Sounds. Great.
    Wow. I’m seriously considering . . .
    Talk to you tonight.


  2. Can’t wait!


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