​​Are you looking for on-going writing support, with monthly deadlines, expert feedback, and participation and discussion along with other committed children’s book creators? Maybe you have thought about doing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, but not had the flexibility or been able to afford the high fees, which can be $40,000 or more. Then this could be the perfect opportunity!

Here’s a chance to work one-on-one on a monthly basis with award-winning children’s book author, editor and publisher, Laura Atkins, along with a cohort of other writers. You will submit writing on a monthly basis, followed by an exclusive one-on-one session with Laura to discuss your work and writing goals. There will also be a monthly teaching workshop, where Laura will focus on a topic drawn from reading participants’ work, with time for exercises, sharing and discussion. You can take part in person if you are in the Bay Area or be part of an online community if further afield. One-on-one sessions can be in person in Berkeley, CA or via phone/online. 

There are different tiers, depending on how much writing you want to discuss each month. The first month is a trial to be sure this is a good fit. After that, if approved, you can sign up for six-month blocks. At the end of six months, you will receive a bonus one-hour call with Laura to talk about you writing and career goals. To be accepted, you must submit a writing sample and have an introductory conversation. Places are limited, with a maximum of 10 per group (one in-person Bay Area group and another online). 


Contact Laura for more information: laura@lauraatkins.com. A limited number of scholarships are available for writers from under-represented backgrounds. Talk to Laura for more.


Tiers and Benefits per month:





Live Oak

Submit up to 3,000 words/month

Submit up to 7,000 words/month

Submit up to 15,000 words/month


45-minute one-on-one mentoring

1.5-hour one-on-one mentoring

2-hour one-on-one mentoring


Two-hour group workshop session


Two-hour group workshop session


Two-hour group workshop session



Cost: $400/month

or $2,400 for six months




$3600 for six months



Or $4800 for six months


Attendance in monthly two-hour workshop session only – doesn’t include critiquing or mentoring:


$600 for six months


Mentoring & Workshop Program