6-Week Kidlit Writer Coaching Program

Led by Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin

Next program begins on February 15th, 2023. 6 writers only!

In this 6-week writer coaching program you will work closely with Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin to create the best version of your young adult or middle grade book, chapter or picture book, or graphic novel script, and move it toward publication!

You will improve your craft and your book with weekly feedback on your writing, enjoy motivation and accountability, and join a fun, supportive community of your fellow writers.

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Demystify the Publishing Process and Create Your Best Kidlit Book

Are you an aspiring author who writes for the young adult, middle grade, or children's market? Do you have a story idea that you've begun to write, but can't find the drive to finish? Or, maybe you have finished a first draft but have no idea what to do next?

Are you struggling to harness your inner child, create authentic characters, or pace your book in a way that will engage younger readers?

We've been there. Writing a book is hard enough. When you're writing for the younger set, there's the added challenge of needing to understand the youthful mind to such a degree that they empathize with your story—and would choose it over scrolling through social media.

At the end of this 6-week program, you’ll use the feedback you receive from an expert literary agent and your peers to raise your writing and your book to the next level, and move toward publication.

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Boost Your Motivation in a Supportive Peer Group

There is no better motivation for writers than getting instant feedback on your work. In this program, you will share your writing (up to 5,000 words each week) and receive helpful feedback and guidance from literary agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin and other writers in the program. 

Consider this program a kind of “One-Stop Shop” for building your kidlit writing career. It will turn you into a better writer, help you craft your query letter, finish your book faster, and create the best, most polished product at the end of the 6 weeks.

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How will this program kick-start my writing career?

From our experience helping hundreds of writers with their books (and being writers ourselves), we know that writers improve fastest when they share their writing, get feedback, then incorporate that information into their work. 

The best kind of feedback is from an expert in the field—someone who has edited numerous books, and helped publish many authors as a literary agent—someone like Alyssa Eisner Henkin, who will lead this coaching program.

Because this program is limited to 6 writers, each participant will get to share their writing each week and receive critical feedback from an industry expert and your peers, which will help you revise and improve your manuscript.

At the end of the 6-week program, you will have all or part of a book written, and you will be well-positioned to publish, either traditionally or by self-publishing.

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About Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin

Alyssa Eisner Henkin is the owner and Lead Agent at Birch Path Literary. She has a BA in American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a background in editing at Simon & Schuster, where she worked for seven years in the Books for Young Readers department.

Afterward, she took a literary agent position at Trident Media Group. Over the next fourteen years at TMG, she championed a list of award-winning and bestselling children’s book creators and rose to the role of Executive Vice President.

In early 2021, Alyssa Eisner Henkin launched Birch Path Literary, where she provides a compass in helping authors and illustrator navigate the intricate, ever-changing, and ultimately verdant publishing landscape.

Books Published by Alyssa's Clients

Alyssa Eisner Henkin has had the pleasure of representing many clients, including:

  • R.J. Palacio (Wonder, White Bird, Pony)
  • Julie Berry (All the Truth That's in Me, Lovely War)
  • Jen Bryant (Six Dots, Above the Rim, A River of Words)
  • Ruth Behar (Lucky Broken Girl, Letters from Cuba)
  • Bobbie Pyron (Stay, A Pup Called Trouble, The Dogs of Winter)
  • Lisa Greenwald (Friendship List Series, Pink & Green Series)
  • Gail Villanueva (My Fate According to the Butterfly, Sugar and Spite)
  • Aya Morton (Great Gatsby Graphic Novel)

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Who is this program for?

  • New and intermediate writers.
  • “The Novice”: Writers who have an idea.
  • “The Dabbler”: Writers who have some chapters written.
  • “The Finisher”: Writers who have a completed manuscript.
  • YA, MG, and kidlit writers who are willing to write & revise up to 20 pages weekly to share for weekly feedback.
  • Writers who want to accelerate their progress toward publishing in a 6-week, intensive coaching program, under the guidance of an experienced literary agent, and former editor.
  • Self-published authors who were not happy with the success of their previous book(s).

Who is this program NOT for?

We have designed a program that’s meant to support writers who are at many stages in the writing process, but this is not for everyone. The format and approach will likely not suit the following writers:

  • Advanced writers.
  • Writers with a completed manuscript who are unwilling to make potentially major changes to their book.
  • Writers with a polished manuscript who are primarily interested in learning how to land a publishing deal.
  • Traditionally published authors who are already familiar with writing process challenges including finishing multiple drafts, seeking peer feedback, working with an editor, querying an agent, and landing a book deal.
  • Writers who are unwilling to write and submit new work weekly.
  • Writers who are NOT writing for the YA, MG, or children's markets.

Results You Can Count On

Picture holding the first printed copy of your book in your hands. Picture seeing it on store shelves around the world. Picture pulling it up on Amazon and seeing hundreds of five-star reviews.

This 6-week intensive mentorship will help you crack your writer's block, boost your self-confidence, and give you the expert feedback you need to there. 

This program is led by Alyssa Eisner Henkin, a literary agent with more than 23 years of experience in the publishing industry. She knows great writing, but also what publishers—and readers—are seeking.

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Stop Stressing Over Your Book

Look, you've spent enough time trying to get into the mind of your young characters to get them just right.

You've read countless blogs on how to improve your pacing to hold the slippery attention of children and young adults.

You've tried your best to stay motivated long enough to finish your manuscript and wade through the murky query trenches.

You've learned how to plaster a smile on your face and spew vague answers when your friends ask about the progress of your book.

You could stay in this place, confused about the path to publication.

You could continue trading pages with amateur writing friends you met online, scrolling through blogs, wasting time on Twitter.

You could enrol in yet another writing course with no new information.

...But we'd rather help you leave a legacy for the world in the pages of your book!

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Program Format

  • Duration:6 weeks. Next program begins on February 15th, 2023.
  • Meetings: Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Eastern Time (Toronto/NYC) weekly.
  • Share your work and post questions at any time on our private Slack channel for feedback and discussion.
  • Weekly:Slack check-ins from Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin, who will provide feedback on your writing and guidance on your project.
  • Most Weeks:2-hour, live group video chat sessions with Alyssa Eisner Henkin and your peers.


Program Schedule, Febraury-March 2023

(Dates subject to change.)

February 15: Introductory video chat and first sharing and feedback session
February 22: Slack session
March 1: Video session
March 8: Writing catch-up week


March 15: Video session
March 22: Slack session
March 29: Video session


In this program you will receive weekly feedback that will help you improve your writing, find accountability and motivation, and join a fun, supportive community so that you can produce your best book and get published faster—all under the guidance of an established literary agent.

The cost for 6 sessions and ongoing engagement via Slack is USD$795 USD $995.


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