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My Excellent Adventure at the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop

I just got back from having an exhilarating timeĀ at the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop. The stunning scenery was matched by the accomplished faculty. Below are some images from my excellent adventure.

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The Big Sur Lodge, where we enjoyed wine, delicious food, and more wine. Did I mention the wine?

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For reasons I don’t fathom, there were big turkeys on the grounds. No turkeys were harmed in the aforementioned delicious food we were served.

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The Big Sur Lodge is nestled on a hillside covered with vegetation, most notable some enormous redwood trees.

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In a scene that could have been taken from Avatar, I saw a fallen tree, clearly long dead, from which green growth sprouted. In the above picture, tiny plants sprout from the leaves and debris that have accumulated in the fork of a tree trunk. I half-expected to see little pixies darting in and out.

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A gentle stream added its watery notes to the scenery.

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Majestic tree-clad hills overlook the lodge.

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Moss on a log.

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A mighty redwood is not impressed by my six-foot wingspan. I’m pretty sure there are some Wood Elves living in that tree.

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The distinguished faculty included (from l to r): Andrea Brown of Andrea Brown Literary Agency (ABLA) and New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Ryan Hide and Neil Schusterman.

agents

The immensely talented agents at ABLA (from l to r): Jennifer Matson, Jennifer Laughran, Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown, Laura Rennert, Jen Rofe, Jamie Weiss Chilton, and Lara Perkins.