May 2018-2020

Breakout Novel Two-Year Story Lab


Melissa is a student in this program, mentored by Lorin Oberwerger and Donald Maass.

June 14-16, 2019




Exciting news:  SquamWrites is moving to June! Melissa is thrilled to once again co-direct an exclusive retreat at Rockywold Deephaven Camps in New Hampshire, on the beautiful forested shores of Squam Lake. This relaxing weekend is designed to help writers focus on elevating craft, make professional connections, and recharge their creative batteries. Attendees and mentors come away refreshed and inspired to do their best work. Every writer and illustrator who registers is guaranteed a professional critique with one of this year's mentors: 

Brooks Sherman, Agent at Janklow & Nesbit

Sarah LaPolla, Agent at Bradford Literary

Mekisha Telfer, Associate Editor at Roaring Brook Press

Registration opens December 1, 2018. Register early, because this retreat fills FAST.
If you don't snag a spot, ask to be placed on the waitlist. It's usually pretty long, but you may get lucky.


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Sept 7-9, 2018



Melissa is Co-Director of this small retreat focussed on elevating craft, making professional connections, and providing a relaxed atmosphere of time and space to recharge creative batteries in a beautiful forested lakeside setting. Every writer and illustrator who registers is guaranteed a professional critique. September 2018 mentors: 


Monica Odom, Agent at Liza Dawson Associates

Liz Kossnar, Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Victoria Marini, Agent at Irene Goodman

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Aug-Nov 2017




Chosen as a PitchWars 2017 mentee, Melissa worked with Kelly DeVos, author of FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, to revise her young adult novel THE OTHER SIDE OF NORMAL, about a girl on the edge of death who tries like hell to become more mensch than mean girl in her bid to become her school's first plus-sized homecoming queen. You can read their PitchWars interviews here.  



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