Whispering Pines



     SCBWI New England


West Greenwich, Rhode Island

March 12-14, 2015 (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) and 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 insightful presentations from author, Lynda Mullaly Hunt and John Cusick, agent at Greenhouse Literary. Afterwards, visit with other professionals over a relaxing lunch that boasts some of the best food you’ll have all year. Although one-on-one critiques with mentors are not included for day-only participants, group peer critiques and other interest-based groups (marketing, querying, and other topics) will take place all afternoon.
Saturday only participants will enjoy enlightening presentations from three amazing editors (1) Mallory Kass  (2) Sylvie Frank and (3) Kendra Levin. 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 2015 Mentors!!!


Registrations ARE NOT being accepted for Whispering Pines yet. REGISTRATION OPENS ON DECEMBER 2, 2014. Any registrations postmarked *prior to December second* will not be considered and will be returned. 



Mentor Information:






Sylvie Frank is an editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. She edits picture books, middle-grade and YA fiction and occasionally nonfiction. Recent books she has edited include Storm by Donna Jo Napoli, Breathe by Scott Magoon, and Whistle in the Dark by Susan Hill Long. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent.


Kendra Levin is a senior editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she has spent nearly a decade working on a wide range of children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels.  Kendra also helps writers as a teacher and certified life coach (kendracoaching.com).  Authors she edits include Deborah Freedman, Julie Berry, Carol Goodman, Karen Bao, David A. Adler, and others.


Mallory Kass is an editor at Scholastic Press. Mallory edits middle grade and young adult fiction. Her titles include A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Daughters of the Sea and Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky, and the forthcoming When My Heart Was Wicked and The Sin Eater’s Daughter. She is also part of the editorial team responsible for The 39 Clues. She’s interested in literary fiction with a commercial hook, historical fantasy, and anything with spectacular world building, particularly magic in unexpected places. For more information, check out her “editorial mood board” on Pinterest under the name EditorMal.




John M. Cusick is an agent with Greenhouse Literary, representing picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is also the author of Girl Parts and Cherry Money Baby (Candlewick Press), as well as a regular speaker at writers conferences. You can find him online at www.JohnMCusick.com, and on twitter, @johnmcusick.

 Erin Murphy, is the founder of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.  Erin's client list includes Golden Kite winner Joanne Rocklin (The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook), Jane Addams winner Cynthia Levinson (We've Got a Job), and NYT bestselling authors, Chris Barton (Shark vs. Train), Robin LaFevers (Grave Mercy), and Deborah Underwood (The Quiet Book and Here Comes the Easter Cat), as well as Whispering Pines' own Lynda Mullaly Hunt.  Erin's favorite parts of being an agent are working with her clients editorially to develop their projects for submission, looking at the big picture of each client and his or her work to envision a path for a long-term career, and choosing to work with truly nice people in the industry.




Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of One for the Murphys and Fish in a Tree. She has loved being the director of Whispering Pines for five years, and is even happier, now, to be the co-director along with the extraordinary Mary Pierce. Lynda is a former teacher of ten years, a scenari writing coach, a juggler, watercolor painter and, as Whispering Pines alumni know, an enthusiastic Kid-Lit Jeopardy Emcee. She will do an extended program on “What I wish I’d known Starting out as a Published Author.”






 Overnight Participant Info:


The cost for a three-day/overnight slot is $560 for SCBWI members.   Cost for non-members is $585.  The cost includes double-occupancy accommodations, 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 activity, 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 must be postmarked no earlier than December 2, 2014. Please click on “reservations” button above for printable registration form and mailing address. 

We normally receive more registrations than we have slots. Participants are chosen by lottery. Around December 10th, you will be notified if you have been admitted or placed on the waiting list.


If admitted, your balance of $360 and your manuscript are due by February 4, 2015.



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 4, 2015



Day Event Enrollment Info:


The Friday event fee is $110.

The Saturday event fee is $125. 

Both Friday and Saturday--day only--participation is $210. (Lunch included)

Tuition is due on the receipt of your application. The due date is February 7, 2015.                                                     

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


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