Writers’ Retreat

In June 2018, namelos editor Karen Klockner will be co-leading a writers’ workshop at Moss Wood Retreats with Patricia McMahon called “Breaking Into Your Story.”  Designed for both seasoned professionals and aspiring writers, the retreat offers a balance of time to write and reflect, engage in one-on-one critiques, and enjoy the beauty of the Maine setting.

Location: Cape Rosier, Maine, overlooking Penobscot Bay.

Dates:  June 13-17, 2018

Price:  $985 all-inclusive for room, board, and workshop sessions plus individual critiques

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Featured Trailer: Will Poole’s Island

”Immersive, like the best of historical fiction. …This riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England shines a speculative but compelling light on the time and place.”—Kirkus Reviews

”It’s been so long since I felt like a little girl in love with books again. Treasure Island, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Yearling, lazing around on a spot of sunshine totally engrossed in this other, historical world, that’s how I feel about Will Poole’s Island.” – Suzanne Kingsbury, author of The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

”Will Poole’s Island is a classic tale, transporting and evocative. You’ll find yourself caught up in the action of this timeless adventure”—K.L. Going, author of Fat Kid Rules the World

”Tim Weed’s Will Poole’s Island is a doorway to an earlier world when the United States existed as a borderless tract of land whose dimensions could hardly be imagined. It is the best kind of historical fiction, the kind that brings that earlier world forward for our understanding. This is a superb novel, written with truth and daring at its core.”—Joseph Monninger, award-winning author of Baby and Crash

Booklist: The Best YA & MG Book Jackets of 2013

Booklist ONLINE identified eight outstanding book jackets from 2013. One of them is Shannon Hitchcock‘s The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, with art by Timothy Decker and designed by Helen Robinson. Congratulations all!

Advance Praise for Out of Eden by Peter Johnson

A family vacation goes asunder amid notes of Deliverance, religious delusions and frighteningly plausible violence….It’s the inexplicability of cruelty that makes this horrifying page-turner so effective. A compelling portrayal of inevitable, realistic violence and evil personified.
Kirkus Reviews

As for Out of Eden, I don’t know if one can say he liked a book about evil so I’ll say I admire it, instead. [Peter Johnson has] done a superb job of conveying the inexplicable nature of evil, reinforcing it by the sections that take the reader into Leopold’s head. … The sense of foreboding is palpable; Leopold and Abraham are two scary dudes! …Heartstopping but deeply satisfying.
Michael Cart

Remembrance of things past

This fall Farrar, Straus and Giroux is publishing a 30th-anniversary edition of the The Witches by Roald Dahl. They asked me to write an afterword about my work with the author.

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namelos Writers’ Workshops

It’s definite! Our next two workshops are scheduled for November 8-11, 2013, to be held at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC, and a spring 2014 conference over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2014, again at the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, MA. For more information about the November workshop go to Workshops under our services menu.

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namelos nominees

Two namelos novels have recently been nominated for a pair of venerable children’s book awards: The Summer of Hammers and Angels, by Shannon Wiersbitzsky, is on Kansas’ William Allen White master list for 2013-14 and Waiting to Forget, by Sheila Kelly Welch, is on South Carolina’s Junior Book Award master list for the same period.

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