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January 14 – 16, 2011
4:30 p.m. Friday – 2:00 p.m. Sunday


Old Mission Santa Barbara, Mission Renewal Center
2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

for published and not-yet-published
authors and author/illustrators

Postmarked by November 19, 2010. Space is limited.

(Registration payment may be sent in advance of November
to secure a place.)

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Featured Guests

Andrew Karre, Editorial Director
Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab, and Darby Creek – Lerner Publishing Group

Brenda Murray, Senior Editor
Scholastic Nonfiction & Reference

Grace Maccarone, Executive Editor
Holiday House

Melanie Kroupa, Editor-at-Large
Marshall Cavendish

About The Retreat
The goal of our retreat is for authors and illustrators to return home with strategies for revising their manuscripts. Because this retreat is designed for maximum participation, you will be assigned to a Core Group (including an editor) and will read your group members’ manuscripts in advance of the retreat. 

You will submit one copy of your picture book manuscript or portion of your novel no later than November 19, 2010. This copy will be sent to the editor who is facilitating your Core Group. Author/Illustrators are invited to bring a dummy to the retreat in addition to the typed manuscript submission.

Old Mission Santa Barbara
Bell Tower

Submission Guidelines

  • For picture books – send the whole manuscript.
  • For novels – send 15 pages plus a one-page synopsis of the whole work.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced and written in a 12-point type font.
  • Synopses may be single-spaced, 12-point font.

When your Core Group is assigned in late November, you will send a copy of your manuscript to each Core Group member by December 10. This can be done by either email or snail mail. Mailing information will be provided to you.

During the retreat, your manuscript will be examined in-depth in your Core Group (with an editor) to see how you can shape it best for publication. In addition, you will have time to meet with your Core Group (without the editor) to discuss revisions. You are also invited to participate in optional sessions that will be announced later.

Beyond your "in-depth manuscript review," you’ll have a chance to share, as time permits, "First Pages" in small groups with another editor. Illustrators are invited to put their portfolios on display.

Double room: $395 per person. Single room: $435. Commuter rate $295. Dormitory accommodations.
Shared bathrooms. MEALS INCLUDED FOR ALL.

One copy of your manuscript must be postmarked by November 19, 2010. This will be read by one of our guest editors. When you are assigned to a Core Group, you will send your manuscript to your group members no later than December 10, 2010.

Refund Policy
Cancellations prior to January 5, 2011 are subject to a $50 processing charge. No refunds after January 5, 2011.

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Contact Regional Advisor Alexis O'Neill at (805) 581-1906 or email: CLICK HERE to e-mail Alexis


ANDREW KARRE - Editorial Director of Carolrhoda, Carolrhoda Lab, and Darby Creek, divisions of Lerner Publishing Group.
Together, the imprints Andrew Karre oversees at Lerner publish a full range of trade books for children and young adults. Before joining Lerner in 2008, Andrew was editor at Flux, where he had the privilege of acquiring first novels by future New York Times Bestsellers Maggie Stiefvater and Carrie Jones. He also had the pleasure of working with A.S. King, Simone Elkeles, Laurie Stolarz, and Micol Ostow among many other YA talents. Andrew lives in St. Paul with his wife and their son.

MELANIE KROUPA - Editor-at-Large, Marshall Cavendish.
Melanie Kroupa has over thirty-five years of experience editing award-winning books for children and young adults, most recently under her own imprint at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and now as Editor-at-Large at Marshall Cavendish. Her publishing career includes imprints at Orchard Books and DK Ink; Publisher of Joy Street Books/Little, Brown; and Publisher of Children’s Books at The Atlantic Monthly Press.

She has been fortunate to work with numerous authors for many years but also loves finding and nurturing new voices. Among the books she has edited are Tim Wynne-Jones’ fresh and funny Rex Zero novels, Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (a first novel and National Book Award finalist), Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose (winner of The National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book and a Sibert Honor Book), Ibtisam Barakat’s memoir, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood (a first book and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year) and Martha Brooks' Mistik Lake (a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice and a PW Best Children’s Book of the Year). Picture books she has edited include Boxes for Katje by Candance Fleming, Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen! by Cari Best, and The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington.

GRACE MACCARONE - Executive Editor, Holiday House.
As Executive Editor at Holiday House, Grace Maccarone acquires 25 titles a year.  Upcoming titles include In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, and The Little Plant Doctor:  A Story About George Washington Carver, written by Jean Marzollo and illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max.  Both are picture books.

Grace was at Scholastic for thirty years, where she acquired and developed the I Spy series, by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, with 36 million books in print.  She acquired trade picture books, easy readers, and mass market books in various formats, including board books, pop-up books, and novelty books.

Grace has worked with talented authors and illustrators such as Tedd Arnold, Norman Bridwell, Marcia Brown, David Catrow, Robert Coles, Bill Cosby, Steven Kellogg , Betsy Lewin, Ted Lewin, Jean Marzollo, Emily Arnold McCully, Faith McNulty, Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan, David McPhail, Brian Pinkney, Ted Rand, Melissa Sweet, and Walter Wick.  She has also worked with celebrities such as civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, and prima ballerina Violette Verdy.

Her titles have received the following awards: Theodor Geisel Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, The New York Times Best Illustrated, American Library Association Notable Children’s Books, NCTE Orbus Pictus Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Publishers’ Weekly Best Books of the Year, Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Carter G. Woodson Book Award, Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Grace has published more than 60 titles as author.
BRENDA MURRAY - Senior Editor, Scholastic Nonfiction & Reference. 
Helping and encouraging children to learn has shaped Brenda Murray's career. Before publishing, she was a 6th-grade math and science teacher, then went on to receive an M.S. in Instructional Technology. She has been at Scholastic since 2002 and is currently a Senior Editor managing the Nonfiction and Reference list of approximately 45 children's books per year. Grades range from PreK-8, various formats, and topics include: food and cooking, sports, biographies, language and vocabulary, science and technology, social issues, history, and popular culture. She is always looking for fun nonfiction proposals.