Am I ready for this workshop?
YES! We believe in you! This workshop is open to you writers who are at any stage of your writing journey, in any genre of children's literature.
The best way to improve your writing and increase your chances of selling your book to a publisher is under the guidance of a YA & Kidlit expert, Alisha Sevigny, a former professional literary agent who has 10+ years of experience as an agent and author.
Whether you have...
- Just an idea in your head
- An outline of your book
- A few lines down on paper, or
- A full manuscript
About Alisha Sevigny
Alisha Sevigny is a former literary agent, current freelance editor and published author of several acclaimed Young Adult (YA) novels, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, KISSING FROGS, and the SECRETS OF THE SANDS trilogy, set in Ancient Egypt.
As a former literary agent with The Rights Factory, Alisha has had the pleasure of representing many talented domestic and international clients, including a holistic beauty guru and a renowned environmental activist, as well as several debut fiction authors:
- Kristen Ma (Beauty, Pure and Simple)
- Emily Hunter (The Next Eco-Warriors)
- Susan Glickman (The Tale-Teller, Safe as Houses)
- Aya Tsintziras (Pretty Bones)
- Karen Wheeler (Tout Allure, Tout Suite)
Exceedingly familiar with the publishing industry, both as a former agent and hybrid writer, Alisha specializes in pitches and developmental edits.
Her editorial client, P.H. Oliver, (THE GYNESAURS) was the only self-published author to be long-listed for 2018's Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour Award, representing the top 10 funniest books in the country.
Other freelance clients include award-winning musician, Linda Brooks, and her non-fiction collection of essays, songs and photographs, ORCHESTRA IN MY GARDEN.
Alisha is continuously giving workshops on the writing and publishing process and enjoys working with authors of all genres and backgrounds.
What Writers are Saying About Alisha
"Working with Alisha was wonderful — from pitching to her via email to meeting in person to discuss her evaluation. Alisha made it easy to work together as she is always pleasant and genuinely cares about helping writers. I appreciate that she offered lots of encouragement and specific recommendations to help make my book the best it can be."
— Marisa B., Toronto
"I really benefited from the clear comments on my manuscript which Alisha provided me. They were concise, very helpful and improved my knowledge of the writing trade. Her comments certainly improved the quality my non-fiction novel.
— James B., Orillia
"Alisha was a great help in reviewing and in helping to refine my pitch for my novel before sending it off to a literary agent."
— Rhesa S., Toronto
"Alisha combed through my 140,000 word manuscript offering many different strategies that I could employ to bring it down to the recommended maximum word count (under 100,000) for the genre in which it would be classified. Readers have since told me that they were most impressed with the tightness and pace of the book, feeling that every line was worth reading. There is no doubt in my mind that this high praise was due to Alisha's keen instinct for what a reader wants and needs in order to keep turning the page. Indeed, this, I would say, is the hallmark of Alisha's own writing. She pointed out plot and character inconsistencies that I had missed, even after much scrutiny and gently curtailed my penchant for overly verbose descriptions. She provides a thorough and discerning voice that will allow you to reconsider and/or validate your work from a fresh and knowledgeable perspective, always keeping the writer's delicate ego in mind. A pleasure to work with from beginning to end."
— P.H. Oliver
How does this work?
Join online: Participate in the workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world. You will get to ask questions by video chat or by typing them out, which Ali will answer during the workshop. Limited to 20 writers.
Plus, add a 45-minute 1-on-1 manuscript review with Alisha and save 10%. It's the best way to improve your book, and can be scheduled any time. Learn more about the 1-on-1s here.
We use Zoom Webinars for this online workshop. Don't want to share your webcam? No problem, we won't make you!