Author Nova Ren Suma to Host Novel Workshop & Retreat


All authors need the time and place to work on their masterpieces. Nova Ren Suma, author of 17 & Gone, is hosting a YA Novel Workshop and Retreat just for that. Announced on August 22nd, Suma will welcome writers to Woodside, California to take a workshop by her in February 2014.

Nova Ren Suma is from New York and has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her first published novel was a middle-grade book titled Dani Noir, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she penned her first YA novel, Imaginary Girls. This year, her newest YA novel is 17 & Gone. The novel follows seventeen year old Lauren who has the ability to see girls who have gone missing – but only girls that are seventeen and have mysteriously vanished.

To get a little inspiration from the talented author and the beautiful Djerassi grounds, be sure to apply for the workshop. It will take place at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program – an artist’s colony –  that was chosen by Suma based on her “rewarding and exhilarating period [she]spent doing [her]own work at Djerassi.”

If you don’t write YA but instead middle-grade novels, the author still urges that you apply! “If you’re ready to face feedback with an open mind, want to help your fellow writers polish their own novels, and are also seeking a rejuvenating experience that you can carry with you long after the workshop is over, this may be the week for you,” says Nova Ren Suma when asked if she thinks workshops are helpful. The workshop and retreat is meant to be a calm and helpful place to be creative. To make the deal even sweeter, Suma will also be reviewing up to fifty pages on manuscripts.

nova ren suma retreat photoAside from the helpful critique from the author, inspiration can come in the form of the Djerassi property itself. Suma claims that “Djerassi grounds—in the mountains, with views of the Pacific Ocean, and sculpture trails through the woods—feels like the ideal place to have a creative escape”.

To learn more information about the workshop and to apply, be sure to visit Nova Ren Suma’s website. Applications will be accepted until October 18. Feel free to email the Nova Ren Suma at with any questions about the workshop and retreat.

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Lyndsay Lindervall

Lyndsay Lindervall is a writer for YA Interrobang.

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