Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 3, 2020

Fall Full Manuscript Writer’s Retreat a.k.a Avalon Writers Retreat – New Venue

Many of you know I run a full manuscript writer’s retreat in Avalon, NJ each year at the end of September. This year I’ve decided to switch things up to make things more convenient and hold the retreat at The Crown Plaza Hotel and Conferenc Center in Princeton, NJ.

Many of you will remember this location, since it is where I held the New Jersey SCBWI Annual Conferences for three years before I stepped down as Regional Advisor. Although renting a house in a lovely ocean side community was a wonderful experience. We were limited by the amount of bedroom available, and for some people it was hard to get to. This is a short train ride from New York City and Newark Airport and the hotel has a shuttle that will pick anyone up attending at the Princeton Junction Train Station.

Flying? Easy access from Newark – short train ride to Princeton and shuttle to hotel. Driving? Free parking.

THE DATES: SATUDAY SEPTEMBER 12th arriving 10:00 am leaving after dinner SUNDAY 13TH or after lunch on Monday September 14th.

I am renting the Presidential Suite where everyone can meet, talk, drink, and eat. Anyone who needs to arrive on Friday may use the special room rate of $119 on September 11th using our special room rate and join me Friday evening in the Presidental Suite to talk and relax. Here are a few pictures: 

The special room rate of $119, can be used to get your own room or save some money and share a room with one of the other writers.



For Novel Writers: One full, one hour manuscript novel critique up to 70,000 words – Plus, one 20 page – 30 minute critique with a second agent – Also, an hour to discuss your manuscript with the other writers in your assinged group – $975

For PB Writers: One hour, three picture books critiques not over 25 pages – Plus, one 30 minute picture book critique with a second agent – Also, an hour to discuss your manuscript with the other writers in your assinged group – $850

Each includes: Two lunches, 2 dinners and special pricing room rate of $119 – share a room or choose a single same rate.


Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency – PB, MG, YA, Graphic Novels, Adult Women Fiction

Liza Flessig at Liza Royce Agency – PB, MG, YA, Graphic-Novel, Nonfiction, Women’s Fiction (Suspense/thriller).

Leslie Zampetti at Dunham Literary –PB, Chapter Books, MG, YA, and Adult (Mysteries, Romance, and Women’s Fiction)

Chelsea Eberly at Green House Literary – PB, MG, YA, Graphic Novels, Adult Women’s Fiction

Space is limited, since this is a small Writer’s Retreat.


If you are interested in coming in on Monday September 14th for just a critique, please contact me (kathy.temean(at) I have a few openings.


$145 – 20 page half hour critique (just arrive at the time assigned).
$195 – 20 page half hour critique and lunch with pros.
$250 – 20 page half hour Sunday night dinner and Monday lunch with pros and critique

Please email if you want to attend.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love the new venue and format.


  2. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to have a FULL MANUSCRIPT critiqued by agents looking for clients.


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