Unfortunately, we had to cancel the 2021 Retreat due to COVID 19. Silver lining…
We are selling ten critiques and one scholarship critique is being offered from Katie Heit, Editor Cartwheel/ Orchard Books, Scholastic Inc. Please click this link for more details.
Beachside Nonfiction Writers Workshop
Candace Fleming & Jennifer Swanson
plus Special Guest Authors
Lesa Cline-Ransome and Sarah Albee and Author/Illustrator, Eric Rohmann.
March 19-21, 2021
on Amelia Island at the Omni Amelia Island Resort
Featuring Seven (7) Acquiring Editors:
Simon Boughton, Publishing Director, Norton Young Readers,
Kathy Landwehr, Vice President and Associate Publisher of Peachtree Publishing,
Hilary Van Dusen, Executive Editor of Candlewick Publishers,
Alyssa Mito Pusey, Executive Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing,
Pam Bobowicz, Senior Editor at Workman Publishing,
Katie Heit, Editor Cartwheel/ Orchard Books, Scholastic Inc., and
Elizabeth Stranahan, Assistant Editor at Crown Books.
- $300 down at signup — this is NONREFUNDABLE and saves you a spot at the in-person workshop. It is also your entry into the online workshop if we must switch to online. You will STILL get your critique even if the workshop goes online.
- $225 balance — this MUST be paid by January 15, 2021. We will confirm by February 1st that an in-person conference will proceed. If you do not pay this amount, you will not be allowed to attend,the in-person workshop. IF we elect to have an online workshop, and you have already paid the $225 balance, the $225 will be refunded.
- Access to seven (7) high-level workshops given by the editors
- An All-editor panel with Q and A hosted by Eric Rohmann
- 1 15-minute face-to-face critique with an editor or faculty member (sign up early enough, get your chosen editor)
- 2 breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- Entrance to the outdoor Friday night reception with the editors
- Choice of two Breakout Workshop Sessions given by Candace Fleming, Jennifer Swanson, Lesa Cline-Ransome, or Sarah Albee
Optional Add-Ons for Retreat Attendees
Location: Omni Amelia Island Resort, Fernandina Beach, FL
Room rate: starting at $199 a night plus tax for double occupancy (We encourage roommates!)
When you register, you will get the code to give the hotel for the discounted room rate we have listed above.
Critique Information for Workshop Attendees:
When you register, you will get to pick the person you will have your one included critique with.
** Please note:
Critiques will be 15 minute – “on the spot critiques”
You will turn in 5 pages of your manuscript and a 2-paragraph synopsis when you arrive at the workshop, during registration. The editor will read your manuscript for the first 5 minutes and then will discuss it with you for the last 10 minutes. This is a real-life critique and mirrors how an editor would typically review your submission. Bring your BEST work!
Nearest airport is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). This airport is served by many different carriers including Delta, American, United, JetBlue, Southwest and others.
You are responsible for your travel from the airport to the hotel and back.
Submissions***: All of the editors will accept ONE submission from attendees after the workshop. Details will be handed out at the workshop.
This high-level workshop is open to just over 75 people and is on a first-come, first-served basis. We are working to add many extras for attendees, so stand by for more details.
Simon Boughton joined W.W. Norton and Company last year to start his own imprint devoted to children’s and young adult literature. Previously he was senior VP and director of publishing at Macmillan, having started Roaring Brook Press as well as helping launch First Second.
Simon had wanted to get into publishing since his time at university, his first job was at Kingfisher Books which is how he ended up getting into the world of children’s publishing specifically.
He loved working with the design, illustration and production of children’s book, the craft of putting books together, which is not an element you get to do much of when working in adult trade books. So Simon went on to search for jobs in the children’s field when he moved to America.
Norton is almost 100 years old, but is wholly owned by its employees. It’s never had a dedicated children’s imprint, and Simon is excited to be at a publisher that has grown up in the 20th century and has a strong and integrated educational publishing wing.
Simon says his skill set is more for picture books and nonfiction, though the imprint will have a wide ranging program that spans a lot of categories including YA and even graphic novels. He is not interested in pre-school or commercial YA, though.
Vice President and Associate Publisher
Kathy Landwehr is the Vice President and Associate Publisher of Peachtree Publishers. She graduated from Emory University with a degree in English. After brief stints at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Susan Hunter Publishing, she joined the staff of Peachtree Publishers in 1990. Initially hired as publicist, she became marketing and publicity manager in 1992. In 1995, she moved over to the editorial and production departments and eventually became Associate Publisher and then Vice President, proving that if you hang around long enough, they’ll have to promote you. Her responsibilities include acquiring and developing manuscripts, from picture books to young adult; overseeing the development of the company’s lists; negotiating contracts; and supervising the work of the other editors.
More information coming soon.
Limited spaces available!
Will you be there?
TESTIMONIALS – from 2019
If you’re looking for some concrete information on what Nonfiction is all about, then the NF Retreat is the place to be. The line up was spectacular! outstanding! a rare gathering, and definitely well worth the money. Not only was it chocked full of fabulous nuggets, but we were able to meet, eat and talk with editors, well known authors and the agent. The fee also included a critique with an editor or agent of our choice :>) Super for avoiding the slush pile :>) I highly recommend attending. But know that it’s up to you to gleen what you want. Be prepared for early rising and a full weekend! I loved it all :>) Patricia Saunders
What a fantastic event! The Beachside Nonfiction Retreat brought together an all-star cast of editors and experts, in a great location and with a supportive spirit of learning and encouragement. It was fascinating to learn the stories behind the creation of exemplary books in the field—and so helpful to learn about aspects of craft for initiating and revising nonfiction projects. — Elizabeth Shreeve
I learned so much about the current state of the children’s nonfiction (particularly picture book) market! This combo of workshops and editor presentations embraced writers at all stages of their journey, but I especially appreciated the chance to talk shop with other published/publishing authors….Cheers, Sylvia
I highly recommend Edit and Get It’s Beachside Nonfiction Retreat with Candace Fleming & Jennifer Swanson. What a treat to attend incredible programs by Candy and Jenn and learn from the best names in our industry! If you love writing non-fiction, it’s a rare treat to find a conference dedicated exclusively to that genre. The retreat included a variety of programs presented by highly regarded editors in the industry–with a special appearance from the legendary Neal Porter, now with Holiday House. The talent at the program was top-notch and the beachside setting and fabulous hotel did not disappoint. Allyson Levitt did a great job coordinating the conference and thought of every detail to make our stay comfortable. —–Eileen Meyer, conference attendee
The Edit and Get It Nonfiction retreat was the highlight of my year! This retreat provided advanced workshops designed to help experienced authors improve their craft. It was truly a next-level experience! As a published author, I am always looking for workshops that focus on craft and improving my skills. This retreat delivered! If you are looking to advance your career, develop your craft, and connect with fellow writers – THIS is the retreat for you! I will be back.Thank you Jennifer and Allyson! — Stephanie Bearce
Held at a gorgeous beachside resort in the picturesque town of Atlantic Beach, the Nonfiction Retreat was everything I dreamed it would be. The editors on faculty provided terrific insights into, and the behind-the-scenes of, the publishing world. –Teresa Robeson