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FREE [Young Adult & Kidlit 101] Writing Workshop with Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin


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Virtual event, August 10th, 2022, 7:30 to 8:30PM Eastern Time

About this FREE online workshop

This 60-minute workshop is designed for new and intermediate writers who are creating kidlit: young adult (YA), middle grade (MG), graphic novels, and children's books.

It will demystify the book writing process and help you navigate the publishing industry so you can improve your chances of writing your book and selling it to a publisher.

In this workshop, Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin will share valuable resources that will leave you feeling motivated, and confident about the exact next steps you need to take to write and publish your book.

Join us on August 10th, 2022, and we'll help you finally head out on that book tour you've been dreaming about!

How will this workshop kick-start my Kidlit writing career?

How do you find the right agent and publisher for your one-and-only book, the one you've been working on forever!?

In 2022's crowded market, navigating the publishing process is more difficult than ever. Too many writers' work goes undiscovered—but with insight from an industry professional (Alyssa), you will learn to navigate the publishing industry so you can sell your Kidlit book.

In this workshop, literary agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin will share:

  • An overview on how the kidlit market has changed in recent years.
  • Success stories about her clients who have found their bliss writing kids’ books, and other encouraging tales for why you should keep at it.
  • The best online resources for understanding the publishing industry.
  • Suggested reading lists for aspiring authors in every genre.
  • An overview of what to expect in the Alyssa's 12-week writer coaching program, from a craft perspective.

At the end of the workshop there will be a Q&A session where you can ask Alyssa anything about writing and publishing. Come prepared with your questions! 

    Am I ready for this workshop?

    YES, we believe in you! This workshop is open to writers who are at any stage of the writing journey, writing in any genre for the young adult (YA), middle grade (MG), graphic novel, and children's book markets.

    The best way to improve your writing and increase your chances of selling your book to a publisher is to be guided by a Kidlit expert. Alyssa Eisner Henkin is a former editor-turned-literary agent with twenty-plus years of industry experience, making her exactly that.

    Whether you have...

    • Just an idea in your head
    • An outline of your book
    • A few lines down on paper, or
    • A full manuscript will benefit from this workshop. Join us to learn from an expert how to write and sell your Kidlit book!

    About 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.

    What Writers are Saying About Alyssa

    "Alyssa knows how to access the essence of a story, helping to flesh out character, setting, dialogue and plot to make it the absolute best it can be. Her critiques are constructive and insightful, and it is truly a joy to work with her, and benefit from her infinite wisdom!"
    — Lisa Greenwald, author of 11 BEFORE 12 (Harper Collins) and two dozen other celebrated books for kids and tweens

    "My career definitely blossomed after I signed on with Alyssa and I value very highly the working partnership that we have. Alyssa’s experience as an editor prior to becoming a literary agent is invaluable as it allows her a much broader understanding of the creative process. She knows and respects the fact that every writer works a bit differently and she honors that individuality. The wide range of projects she has represented speaks to the depth of her passion for good literature in all its many forms."
    — Jen Bryant, Caldecott-Honor, Schneider Award, and Seibert-Honor-award winning author

    "Alyssa has been a super-agent to me since the start of my career. Her editorial insights, her business acumen, her deal-making abilities, and her pulse on the industry are spot-on. She's been a champion, an advocate, and a true partner in growing my creative career. I can't recommend her highly enough."
    — Julie Berry, Printz Honor Award, and New York Times Bestselling author

    Get VIP access

    Can't attend in person, or want to be sure you don’t miss anything? Choose our VIP  option to get lifetime access to the workshop recording for only $25

    You'll be able to go back and absorb Alyssa's knowledge whenever you want, at your own pace.

    Choose the VIP option above!

    VIP+ access: Meet 1-on-1 with Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin

    If you're truly committed to creating and publishing the best version of your book, choose our VIP+ option, which includes access to the live event, the event recording, PLUS a 1-on-1 manuscript review with Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin.

    This includes a 45-minute meeting with Alyssa, who will read up to 5,000 words of your book and a book synopsis.

    Choose the VIP+ option above!

    How does this work?

    60-Minute Zoom WorkshopParticipate in the workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world.

    You'll get to interact with Alyssa and the other participants using video, audio, and text chat (or you can watch quietly in the background—we don't mind)! Limited to 100 writers.

    Ask Alyssa questions either live during the event, or send them in by email afterwards.  We use Zoom for our webinars. Activating your webcam is not required to participate!

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