Alyssa Miele, Bradford Literary Agency, Catherine Linka, Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Harper Collins, Judy Enderle, Kari Sutherland, Nutschell Windsor, Scholastic, Stephanie Gordon, Sue Alexander Grant, Tara Gonzalez
By Andrea Custer
Every year in September, a handful of writers lucky enough to have secured a spot at SCBWI LA’s Working Writers Retreat gather at a retreat center in Encino. This year it was my immense honor to attend as the recipient of the Sue Alexander Grant.
No one could have done more to set a positive atmosphere at the event, held September 15-17, than Co-Regional Advisor Nutschell Windsor, who began the opening session with this simple promise: all your needs will be met so you can relax and focus entirely on your writing. They delivered on that promise right away, assembling an outstanding First Pages Panel (authors and freelance editors Judy Enderle and Stephanie Gordon, and author Catherine Linka) who provided sincere praise interwoven with meaningful feedback.