Whispering Pines







SCBWI New England


West Greenwich, Rhode Island

March 27-29, 2014 (Thursday-Saturday)



 This retreat, limited to 32 full time participants, is an opportunity                    
to work intimately with professionals in an idyllic setting.  
Three Day/Overnight registration includes accommodations and meals. You will
have the opportunity to work with others who are committed to
quality children’s literature in small groups and will also benefit
from a thirty minute one-on-one critique with your mentor. You will
also enjoy all of our mentors’ presentations (Friday and Saturday) ,
an intimate after dinner Q&A session, Team Kid Lit Jeopardy (no
pressure!) with amazing prizes, and a bonfire/s'mores making extravaganza.  

The setting allows for quiet meditation, networking, 
or attention to your individual project—you design your own retreat! 
Friday only participants will enjoy a terrific presentation from uber-talented author, Audrey Vernick and marketing extraordinaire, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City. Afterwards, visit with other professionals over a relaxing lunch that boasts an outstanding menu. Although one-on-one critiques with mentors are not included for day-only participants, group peer critiques take place all afternoon.
Saturday only participants will enjoy presentations from three amazing editors (1) Christine Krones  (2) Sarah Dotts Barley and (3) Regina Griffin. Then, enjoy the company and professionalism of other participants over a delicious lunch.
There will be a book sale each day for your browsing pleasure. Sorry! No credit cards accepted.
For more information, contact:

Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Co-Director at Lyndamullalyhunt@yahoo.com    (OR)

Mary Pierce, Co-Directer at momeraths@verizon.net 




Our 2013 Mentors!!!


Registrations ARE NOT being accepted for Whispering Pines yet. REGISTRATION OPENS ON DECEMBER 2, 2013. Any registrations postmarked *prior to December second* will not be considered and will be returned. 


 Mentor Information: TBD






Christine Krones grew up in a small, beach town on an island in Rhode Island. She moved to Boston for her undergraduate studies at Simmons College, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French with a minor in Philosophy. She also had the great opportunity to study French literature and art at the Sorbonne in Paris during this time. She went directly into her graduate school studies attending Simmons College’s Children’s Literature Program, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children. She’s worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers for five years and has edited My Mixed-Up Berry Blue SummerEight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival, and overseen many other projects along the way. In her spare time, she writes, DJs a monthly dance night, rides around town on an old, gold moped, and plays roller derby in her league, the Boston Derby Dames.
 Sarah Dotts Barley is an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she’s lucky enough to work with Georgia Byng, Miriam Forster, Gwendolyn Heasley, Geraldine McCaughrean, Wendell Minor, and Joyce Carol Oates, among others. Her most recent acquisition is a loose YA retelling of one of her favorite novels, Brideshead RevisitedEven in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot. Currently high-up on her wish list are voice-driven middle grade adventure; historical and romantic fantasy; and retellings of fairy tales or classic stories, particularly from unexpected points of views. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Sarah lives with her husband, Bo, and cat, Wilma, in Manhattan. You can find her online @the_sdb andsssdb.tumblr.com.
Regina Griffin is an editor with heart—one who speaks a writer’s language, both in terms of craft and inspiration. 
Regina Griffin is the Executive Editor of Egmont USA, where she acquires a wide range of middle grade and YA novels, including historical, fantasy, paranormal, humorous, and contemporary novels. She started her career working for famed children’s book agent, Marilyn E. Marlow, who represented such authors as S.E. Hinton, Paul Zindel, Robert Cormier, Paula Danziger, and Patricia Reilly Giff.
Regina was formerly Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Holiday House, and Executive Editor at Scholastic. At Scholastic, she built up the movie tie-in program and oversaw the Apple and Point paperback imprints. Regina has edited such authors as Todd Strasser and Walter Dean Myers (e.g. Myers’ Newbery Honor book Somewhere in the Darkness, and his Caldecott Honor book Harlem.
For Regina, launching new writers “continues to entices me, even this long into my career.” Join us at this year’s event and see how we may propel your publishing career.




 Audrey Vernick writes picture books—nonfiction and fiction—as well as middle-grade novels. Her 2014 releases are Screaming at the Ump, a novel, and Edgar’s Second Word, illustrated (brilliantly) by Priscilla Burris. Her book Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team, illustrated by Steven Salerno, was a New York Times Notable Children’s Book, and included on many Best Of lists for 2012. She visits schools often despite the insulting fact that many a fifth-grader towers over her. A two-time recipient of the NJ Arts Council’s fiction fellowship, Audrey lives near the ocean with her family   




Marketing Person: 

Kirsten Cappy is the owner of Curious City. Formed to build projects that forge a stronger relationship between children and the literature created for them, Curious City designs and implements creative theme-based marketing for children’s authors, illustrators, and publishers. www.visitcuriouscity.wordpress.com 
***An extremely limited number of one-on-one marketing consults with Kirsten Cappy are available for an additional fee. 
Price: $100
Often as published authors and illustrators we are introduced to the tools of self-promotion, but struggle with what to say and who to say it to. Published authors and illustrators are invited to schedule time with children’s book marketing consultant Kirsten Cappy of Curious City to brainstorm a marketable theme and target audience for their forthcoming or current title. Kirsten Cappy will read each authors book beforehand and then provide each consultee with a written marketing report, a 50-minute one-on-one consult during the conference, and a free 30 minutes follow- up phone consult. Most consults will be scheduled for Friday afternoon.



 Overnight Participant Info:


The cost for a three-day/overnight slot is $560. The cost includes double-occupancy accomodations, meals from Thursday dinner to Saturday lunch, a 30-minute one-on-one critique with your mentor, participation in all workshops/presentations by mentors, peer group critiques, a first pages activitiy, Q&A sessions, a rousing game of Kid-Lit Jeopardy for amazing prizes, and a bonfire/s'mores making extravaganza. An all around fantastic time!


To reserve your place for the weekend retreat, a deposit of $200 and your application are due by December 31, 2013. (Although registrations will not be accepted prior to Dec 2, 2013)

The balance of $360 and your manuscript are due by February 7, 2014.


**Click on "Reservations" button above for printable Registration Form


Check-in at Whispering Pines is between 2:00 and 5:00 on Thursday.

Manuscript submissions can be whole picture book manuscripts or the first three chapters and an additional chapter of a longer work with a limit of 25 pages. Again, these are due by February  7, 2014



Day Event Enrollment Info:


The Friday event fee is $100.

The Saturday event fee is $115. 

Both Friday and Saturday--day only--participation is $190. (Lunch included)

Tuition is due on the receipt of your application. The due date is 

      February 7, 2014.                                                     

 **Click on "Reservations" button above for printable Registration Form


 For more information re: registration, contact  Mary Pierce, at momeraths@verizon.net