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The Whispering Pines Writers' Retreat with mentors is where serious children's book writers and illustrators come to improve their craft and to network with other industry professionals. The retreat is known for its idyllic ambiance, culture of creativity, encouragement and inspiration, and its delicious food. 


In this quaint setting, writers and illustrators attend enlightening presentations and have a 25-minute meeting with one of our outstanding mentors. After dinner, the fun continues with networking and evening activities.

2019 Mentors WPWR-2

Megan Abbate -Asst. Editor, Roaring Brook Press. Jenna Pocius-Agent, Red Fox Literary. Elizabeth Bennett-Agent, Transatlantic.

Stephanie Pitts-Editor, G.P. Putnam's Sons. Padma Venkatraman-Author.

Attendees meet industry professionals . . . and some win prizes!

Sylvie Frank, Simon & Schuster

Jeannie Zulick, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Holly Howley

Sandy Budiansky, Hayley Barrett

Kristin Russo

Many enjoy the presentations . . .

and the scenery.


Some writers take advantage of the inspiring atmosphere and enjoy limited, quiet writing time.

Sandy Budiansky and Brook Gideon

Many meet new friends...and keep those friends for life.

Jenny Bagdigian and

Jennifer Thermes

Sally Riley and Betsy Devany

Liz Goulet Dubois,  Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo 

and Kate Lynch

Tricia Carey and Paula McLaughlin

Sarah Hemenway and Cheryl Kirk Noll

All attendees get to mix, mingle, and engage with the wonderful and knowledgeable mentors!

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Whispering Pines 20th Anniversary Special Author & Illustrator Mentor Panel ~ 2015

Back Row:  Kimberly Newton Fusco, Leslie Connor, Jennifer Thermes, Kelly Murphy, Erin Dionne, Ammi-Joan Paquette

Front Row: Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia, Liz Goulet Dubois, Barbara O'Connor, Brian Lies

Twenty years and counting . . .

Whispering Pines Writers' Retreat is not just an event, it's an experience!

We hope to see you there!

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