The MFA Program at Manhattanville College presents

Writing for Young Adults Workshop

Saturday March 3, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Barat House | Manhattanville College


$40 registration fee | lunch on your own

Writing for the YA market? Don’t miss this comprehensive guide to getting your work done and getting it out into the world. The day includes a morning workshop with author Nora Raleigh Baskin: "Trade Secrets: Writing for Children and Young Adults.” The afternoon workshop with literary agent Saba Sulaiman focuses on "First Pages" with the opportunity to have your project’s first page critiqued. There will also be an afternoon panel discussion with Nora, Saba, and Sourcebooks YA Editor, Kate Prosswimmer.


9:30 Welcome, info and introductions

9:45-11:00  Bootcamp workshop with Nora Raleigh Baskin

11:00-11:15  BREAK

11:15-12:30  Workshop with Saba Sulaiman

12:30 - 1:30   LUNCH on your own

1:30 - 3:00  PANEL and Q&A:  Nora, Saba, and Kate 

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of thirteen novels for young readers and a contributor to two story collections. She has won several awards including the 2010 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical and a 2016 ILA Notable Books for a Global Society for Ruby on the Outside. Nora has taught creative writing to both children and adults for over sixteen years with such organizations as SCBWI, Gotham Writers Workshop, the Highlights Foundation, and most recently in Westport at The Fairfield Co. Writer’s Studio. Her latest, Nine/Ten: A 9/11 Story was reviewed in the New York Times and has received starred reviews, from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

Kate Prosswimmer is an Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, where she has worked for four years. She acquires across children’s fiction from picture books through young adult books. She’s had the privilege of working with some truly wonderful people, including Zoraida Cordova, author of  the critically acclaimed Brooklyn Brujas series; Jen Calonita, author of the popular Fairy Tale Reform School series; and Jess Keating, author of the award-winning picture book, Shark Lady. Learn more at or follow her on twitter at @kap212.

Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. In children’s fiction, she is looking primarily to build her Middle Grade and Young Adult lists, and is particularly interested in contemporary realistic stories. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart. Follow her on Twitter @agentsaba. Website:


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