The First session of the Avalon Writer’s Retreat starts on Sunday September 25th and departs on Wednesday September 28th (No program). Attendees get to discuss their manuscript with both agents. One full manuscript critique with one of the agents and a 35 page critique with the other. We also have a first page session during the retreat. Space is limited to eight writers.
Cost of $830 includes critiques, housing, and food. Please send an email if you would like to secure a spot. Put “Avalon Writer’s Retreat” in the subject area and let me know what you have written – Book level – Genre – Word Count – brief description.
BELOW ARE THE TWO AGENTS FOR THIS SESSION:
CHRISTA HESCHKE – McINTOSH & OTIS:
Christa Heschke graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s.
For YA, she is especially interested in contemporary, thriller/mystery, and horror. She looks for a compelling voice and a strong hook that will set a YA novel apart in the flooded market. She is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism. For both YA and MG, she is interested in unique settings and cultural influences, interesting structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind. In picture books she is drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) that will grab kids as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a subject whose story has yet to be told.
Christa is not looking for any Adult fiction or non-fiction, paranormal or dystopian at this time.
KURESTIN ARMADA – PS LITERARY:
Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing, and spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before joining P.S. Literary. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, as well as a publishing certificate from Columbia University. On the children’s side she is actively looking for young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and on the adult side she is looking for science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and literary fiction. She is especially drawn to stories with a compelling voice, a well-built and diverse world, and a touch of humor. Kurestin is based in New York City, and spends most of her time in the city’s thriving indie bookstores.
Genre Wish List Picture-Book, Middle-Grade, Young-Adult, Graphic-Novel, Nonfiction, High-Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Edgy, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Alternative History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), Graphic Novels, Mystery and Romance.