Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 28, 2017

Avalon Writer’s Retreat – NJSCBWI Conference & Book Winner

Congratulations! Manju B. Howard is the winner of PRSCILLA GORILLA by Barbara Bottner. Please email me your address.

The Annual Avalon Full Manuscript Writers’ Retreat

I am taking names of writers who want to attend the annual Avalon Full Manuscript Writers’ Retreat. It will be held the last week in September.  It is a small retreat that allows for an in-depth look at your manuscript. It consists of 8 writers and two industry professionals – either two agents or an agent and an editor. Everyone gets a full manuscript and a 30 page critique – one from each professional. Plus, everyone receives a full manuscript critique from their assigned group and a first page critique of a WIP.

Please note: Some people attend who have not finished their manuscripts, so don’t let that deter you from joining us. We are open to setting up a picture book group, if there are enough people interested in joining us. PB people get 3 manuscripts critiqued by both professionals.

This is a 2 and a half day retreat. We spend the whole time together in a house which we share with the editors/agents. All meals are included.

If you are interested, please email your name with information about the book you are working to get published, such as category, genre, and short description of the story to Kathy(.)temean(at)Hotmail(.)com.

Please put AVALON WRITERS’ RETREAT in the subject area.

Where: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, 2 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Map & directions:
Click Here
June 3 & 4, 2017
Cost: Member $370 Non-Member $405. 


Abbott, Sarah Jane (Editor, Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books) 
Camacho, Linda (Agent, Prospect Agency)
Cascardi, Andrea (Agent,Transatlantic Agency)
DeWitt, David (Designer, Little Lee Books & Sizzle Press)
Feinberg, Emily (Editor, Roaring Brook Press)
Fleissig, Liza (Founder/Agent, Liza Royce Agency)

Gentry, Samantha (Editor, Putnam/Penguin/Random House)
Hawk, Susan (Agent, Upstart Crow Literary)
Heschke, Christa (Agent, Macintosh & Otis)
Jennette, Alyssa (Agent, Stonesong)
Lamba, Marie (Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency)
Lee, Celia (Editor, Scholastic)
Loggia, Wendy (Editor, Delacorte Press)
Lubar, David (Author, Sunday Keynote)
Middleton, Maria (Art Director, Random House Children’s Books)
Perkins, Katherine (Editor, Putnam/Penguin/Random House)
Rens, Kristin (Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Savage, Stephen (Author/Illustrator, Saturday Keynote)

Spieller, Lauren (Agent, Triada US Literary Agency)
Stark, Rachel (Editor, Sky Pony Press)
Todd, Traci (Editor, Abrams)

Zacker, Marietta (Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency)
Plus 30 authors and illustrators presenting fabulous workshops!

Information you need about the conference go to the registration website here.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congrats, Manju!

    The Avalon Retreat sounds great; definitely is on my “some day” list.


  2. Thank you! I’m excited to win PRISCILLA GORILLA. I would love to attend the Avalon Retreat and NJ SCBWI, but it’s not in the cards for me.


  3. Hi Kathy. Wondering has there been enough interest to add a PB group to join the Avalon retreat this year yet?


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