In 1985, the Highlights Foundation began offering an annual week-long summer workshop at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.  The Writers Workshop at Chautauqua was designed to inspire and instruct children’s authors, connecting them with professionals in the field of children’s literature and supporting their creative goals with lectures, mentoring and one-on-one critiques.

In 2000 we began offering more specialized workshops throughout the year at our conference campus near Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  Smaller and more intimate than the annual Chautauqua Workshop, these workshops feature the same outstanding faculty and support while allowing attendees a narrower focus and more personal attention.

Courtesy of Neil Hughes

Courtesy of Neil Hughes

History of Highlights Foundation

“…I will always be grateful to the Highlights family for giving me my start with those wonderful Founders Workshops and Chautauqua.”

Kathryn Erskine
2010 National Book Award winner
Young People’s Literature