Poetry for All 2012

May 13 – May 17, 2012

Whether your passion is writing poems for little ones or a more mature audience, our goal is to bring together poets to play with words and sounds. Polish your poetry skills by discussing, writing, revising, and working on the craft …

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Workshop Faculty: Eileen SpinelliRebecca Kai DotlichDavid L. Harrison
Special Guests: Melanie HallMarjorie MaddoxRebecca Davis

Whole Narrative Nonfiction 2012

May 20 – May 26, 2012

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of fiction for children and young adults. This year, the Workshop is adding a special section for nonfiction writers. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in …

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Workshop Faculty: Carolyn P. YoderElizabeth PartridgeSusan Campbell BartolettiPeggy Thomas
Special Guests: Nancy Bo FloodBarbara Krasner

Kids’ Book Revision Retreat and Critique Group Recharge 2012

May 29 – June 3, 2012

Retreat Focus In this working retreat, Harold Underdown, longtime editor and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, and editor Eileen Robinson of f1rstpages.com and the recently launched Move Books, who jointly run kidsbookrevisions.com, will work with …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownEileen Robinson
Special Guests: Sandy AsherCheryl Klein

Young Adult Boot Camp 2012

June 7 – June 10, 2012

Writing characters, drama, and humor that resonate with teenagers can be extremely rewarding—if you know what subjects and writing styles appeal to this specialized audience. Learn the ins and outs of writing for young adults through lectures, hands-on writing sessions, …

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Workshop Faculty: Rich WallaceKathryn Erskine
Special Guests: Meg Medina

Writing from the Heart 2012

June 17 – June 24, 2012

“Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is all personally enriching and deeply satisfying. I find writing hard work but at the same time consider myself blessed in …

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Workshop Faculty: Joy CowleyJillian SullivanChristine French CullyLori Ries
Special Guests: Kathleen HayesAlyssa CapucilliPatricia Lee GauchSuzanne BloomTim GillnerBernette Ford

Fiction Writing for Children and Young Adults 2012

June 24 – July 1, 2012

Short stories, picture books, poetry, and novels form fantastic and imaginative worlds. Prepare yourself for the world of writing fiction for children by attending this intensive, one-week workshop. You will learn what all fiction writers must know about the creative …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee GauchJillian SullivanDavid RichardsonRobert J. Blake
Special Guests: Joy CowleyPeter P. JacobiAbby McAdenNancy MercadoHolly McGhee

Whole Novel Workshop: Middle Grade 2012

July 8 – July 14, 2012

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle-grade novels. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial investments. Our aim …

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Workshop Faculty: Tami Lewis BrownSarah AronsonHelen HemphillMelanie Kroupa
Special Guests: Alma FullertonJoni SenselRebecca Stead

Nonfiction Writing for Children and Young Adults 2012

July 15 – July 22, 2012

Nonfiction Matters. Publishers crave new and different nonfiction. Teachers and librarians desire stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events. Kids yearn to fill their minds with facts. Everyone wants and needs nonfiction. Nonfiction Writing for Children …

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Workshop Faculty: Peter P. JacobiCandace FlemingLarry Dane BrimnerLionel BenderStephen R. Swinburne
Special Guests: Carolyn P. YoderLaurence PringleCyndi Giorgis

Advanced Illustrators Workshop 2012

August 30 – September 3, 2012

While your artwork is accomplished alone, it is only with guidance that an illustrator can begin to understand how to make it in today’s picture-book world. Let one of today’s top children’s book illustrators be your guide. Explore the children’s …

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Workshop Faculty: Floyd CooperEric RohmannKelly Ann MurphyRuth Sanderson
Special Guests: Donna Jo NapoliDavid Wiesner

From Prose to Pictures to Published: The Process of Writing a Picture Book 2012

September 6 – September 9, 2012

Whether a picture book be rhyming or traditional prose, one of the key components to success is weaving in lyrical, expressive language. Join workshop leaders Candace Flemming (Muncha-Muncha-Muncha!) and Rebecca Kai Dotlich (Over in the Pink House) as they guide you …

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Workshop Faculty: Candace FlemingRebecca Kai Dotlich
Special Guests: Eric RohmannMelanie Hall

The Power of a Picture Book 2012

September 9 – September 12, 2012

Picture books may be written for the small, but their power is mighty. Sweet and simple as these books may be, the formula for writing a picture book is quite complex. Award-winning picture-book author and Chautauqua Writers Workshop alum Deborah …

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Workshop Faculty: Deborah Underwood
Special Guests: Kate O’SullivanSteve Metzger

Writing for Little Eyes and Little Ears 2012

September 9 – September 13, 2012

Picture books for early learners bear many similarities to poetry. Both depend on imagery, rhythm, and musical devices for their overall effect. Both are succinct and employ words to serve multiple purposes. Most of all, both are meant to be …

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Workshop Faculty: Barbara Jean Hicks
Special Guests: Suzanne BloomSteve Metzger

Books That Rise Above 2012

October 5 – October 7, 2012

Tens of thousands of manuscripts cross the desks of children’s book editors every year. Only a few thousand rise above the rest to make their way to library and bookstore shelves. Fewer still end up on awards lists or become …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee GauchLinda Sue ParkLeonard MarcusDeborah HeiligmanElizabeth Bird

An Introduction to Novels in Verse 2012

October 7 – October 12, 2012

Out of the Dust, True Believer, The First Part Last—Newbery, National Book Award, and Printz. Each is bound by the emotional rhythm and cadence found only in a verse novel. The verse novel phenomenon is a wildly popular choice for …

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Workshop Faculty: Linda Oatman HighSonya SonesVirginia Euwer Wolff

Heart of the Fantasy Novel 2012

October 18 – October 21, 2012

High fantasy is one of the all-time favorite forms of children’s books. From the witty and imaginative journey of Harry Potter to T.H. White’s Once and Future King to Brian Jacques’ Redwall books, out of the ancient Arthurian tradition, writers …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee Gauch

Whole Novel Workshop: Young Adult Readers 2012

October 21 – October 27, 2012

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of young-adult novels. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial investments. Our aim …

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Workshop Faculty: Coe BoothRita Williams GarciaSara CroweVarian Johnson
Special Guests: Deborah GonzalesMarilyn Salerno

A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Book Publishing 2012

November 2 – November 4, 2012

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with submitting, producing, and selling a trade book or magazine article. You will …

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Workshop Faculty: Clay Winters
Special Guests: Bobbie CombsKatie DavisHarold UnderdownNeil WaldmanMichael EisenbergJudy BurkeRobbin GourleyBruce CovilleNancy GalltBrian Enslow

The Brilliant Dummy 2012

November 8 – November 11, 2012

Illustrators write with pictures as much as authors do with words. To create an impeccably drawn and brilliantly written picture book, the author-illustrator—the one who wears both hats—must find the right balance of art and words. Judy Byron Schachner, #1 …

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Workshop Faculty: Lindsay Barrett GeorgeJudy Schachner
Special Guests: Robbin GourleyElena Mechlin

Writing Books About Agriculture: Beyond the Barnyard 2013

January 24 – January 27, 2013

Remember the children’s song, “Old McDonald Had a Farm, E-I-E-I-O?” Children’s author and dairy farmer Cris Peterson feels like screaming that refrain instead of singing it when modern farmers are characterized as hayseeds caught in a 70-year-old time warp. They …

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Workshop Faculty: Cris PetersonKevin Daugherty
Special Guests: Peggy Thomas

Writing for Boys 2013

February 7 – February 10, 2013

Rich Wallace, Lenore Look, and Bruce Coville will help you delve deeply into your characters’ psyches, exploring their motivations, frustrations, and personalities to truly bring them to life on the page. Weaving action and humor into your stories will be …

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Workshop Faculty: Rich WallaceLenore LookBruce Coville

Whole Novel Workshop: Middle Grade 2013

March 3 – March 9, 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle grade novels.  This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive …

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Workshop Faculty: Alexandria LaFayeTami Lewis BrownAlan GratzHelen Hemphill
Special Guests: Sue FordMolly O’NeillElizabeth Van Doren

Unworkshop: April 14 – 20 2013

April 14 – April 20, 2013

All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers and artists need room. Room in their lives in which to create. We have comfortable cabins. Nice walking and jogging …

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Dust or Magic eBook Retreat: Designing and Critiquing Narrative-Driven Interactive Media for Children 2013

April 21 – April 23, 2013

Dust or Magic is hosting a workshop here at Highlights – a special event bringing together 40 individuals with a strong interest in trying to understand children’s lit in the age of the touch screen. We’ll critique best practice, as …

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Workshop Faculty: Warren Buckleitner

Where Story Meets Poetry: Writing the Poetry Novel 2013

April 25 – April 28, 2013

What makes a poetry novel work? It needs both poetic structure and an engaging narrative that pulls the reader along.  It’s a balance of poetry that strikes emotional chords with readers and good storytelling that keeps them turning the page. …

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Workshop Faculty: Helen FrostKelly Bingham
Special Guests: Susan Dobinick

Nature Writing Boot Camp 2013

May 5 – May 8, 2013

Will your writing ignite a love of nature in young readers? Before children grow up and help solve the problems of the world, they need to have a deep connection with nature. They need to understand how humans and the …

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Workshop Faculty: Dianna Hutts AstonMark BaldwinAndy BoylesPamela TurnerEileen RobinsonLaurence Pringle

Science Writing Boot Camp 2013

May 8 – May 11, 2013

Powerful science writing can bring vital subjects into the light for young readers. Once children have that “Aha!” feeling and glimpse the creativity and insight that go into science, they are hooked. But first, dedicated writers must create books, articles, …

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Workshop Faculty: Melissa StewartGerry BishopAndy BoylesJude IsabellaEileen RobinsonLaurence Pringle

Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2013

March 10 – March 2015, 2013

It’s for the published author to determine how much time and energy should be invested in selling self and product, but if the most is to be made of a book and author in the marketplace, then personal efforts must …

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Workshop Faculty: Peter P. Jacobi

Whole Novel Workshop: Fantasy 2013

May 12 – May 18, 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for those working in the fantasy genre. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or …

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Workshop Faculty: Franny BillingsleyLaura RubyAnne Ursu
Special Guests: Christine HeppermannCheryl PientkaDeborah Kovacs

The Poet’s Poetry Workshop 2013

May 19 – May 23, 2013

Whether your passion is writing poems for young ones or a more mature audience, our goal is to bring poets together to delve into all elements of poetry, to play with words, images and sounds, and to polish your poetry …

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Workshop Faculty: Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Special Guests: Rebecca DavisLee Bennett Hopkins

Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets 2013

May 30 – June 2, 2013

Never has there been a greater need for inspirational stories, articles, and books for children and teens. Religious publishers and general-interest publishers alike are seeking hopeful books with solid values. Some material can “cross over” into both markets. If you …

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Workshop Faculty: Paula MorrowKristi Holl

Writing Retreat with Two Authors in Residence – June 2013

June 2 – June 9, 2013

Imagine . . . your very own cabin—nestled in a peaceful setting in the rolling wooded hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s early summer. The woods are warm, the winding trails inviting. You have no chores to do. No meals to …

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Workshop Faculty: Kim T. GriswellLori Ries

A Concentrated Course in Nonfiction 2013

June 2 – June 5, 2013

Use your imagination full force—as a nonfiction writer. Many writers believe that fiction offers more opportunity for creativity, but nonfiction authors beg to differ! Writing from reality requires just as much creativity as writing from fantasy. What differs is facts. …

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Workshop Faculty: Peter P. Jacobi

Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books 2013

June 9 – June 12, 2013

Finally! A hands-on workshop specifically designed for writers of Jewish-themed content. Whether your manuscript has slight or overwhelming Jewish content, this is the workshop for you. Unlike a one-day conference, this workshop includes one-on-one manuscript critiques with a literary agent …

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Workshop Faculty: Barbara KrasnerPnina Moed Kass
Special Guests: Rebecca ShortEmily SeifeRegina GriffinDebra Hess

Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults 2013

June 16 – June 22, 2013

Short stories, picture books, poetry, and novels form fantastic and imaginative worlds. Prepare yourself for the world of writing fiction for children by attending this intensive, one-week workshop. You will learn what all fiction writers must know about the creative …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee GauchKathryn ErskineRich WallaceJanet Taylor Lisle
Special Guests: Jennifer BrownPeter P. JacobiNancy MercadoLiza Pulitzer-Voges

Writing for the Educational Market 2013

June 23 – June 26, 2013

If the words “educational markets” make you think of boring workbooks and textbooks, it’s time to think again! Today’s educational publishers are eager to see lively nonfiction, fast-paced fiction, poetry, and more. The rules for educational writing are different, but …

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Workshop Faculty: Paula MorrowJan Fields

Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence – July 2013

July 1 – July 7, 2013

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the Boat Ramp: A Guide to Creating. Her program offers what every writer needs: a quiet time for writing, a secluded place to …

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Workshop Faculty: Jillian Sullivan

Writing from the Heart 2013

July 7 – July 13, 2013

“Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is all personally enriching and deeply satisfying. I find writing hard work but at the same time consider myself blessed in …

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Workshop Faculty: Joy CowleyJillian SullivanSuzanne BloomDavid Martin
Special Guests: Peter P. JacobiKathleen Hayes

Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults 2013

July 14 – July 20, 2013

Nonfiction Matters. Publishers crave new and different nonfiction. Teachers and librarians desire stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events. Kids yearn to fill their minds with facts. Everyone wants and needs nonfiction. Nonfiction Writing for Children …

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Workshop Faculty: Peter P. JacobiStephen R. SwinburneLarry Dane BrimnerLionel Bender
Special Guests: Carolyn P. YoderDebra HessAndy BoylesAndrew Gutelle

Whole Novel Workshop: Young Adult 2013

August 4 – August 10, 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of young adult novels. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive …

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Workshop Faculty: Cynthia Leitich SmithGreg Leitich SmithTina WexlerNancy Werlin
Special Guests: Sarah LaPollaBethany HegedusAmy Rose Capetta

The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum August 2013

August 10 – August 12, 2013

Especially beneficial for educators! Preregister Now and Save Deep Discounts Option to Earn 3 Graduate Credits Support the development of young readers and build positive connections with books while engaging them in careful observation, evidentiary reasoning, and creative thinking. Help …

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Workshop Faculty: Rosemary Agoglia
Special Guests: Floyd CooperEric RohmannPat CummingsDenise Fleming

Kids’ Book Revision Retreat 2013

August 12 – August 17, 2013

Retreat Focus In this working retreat, Harold Underdown, longtime editor and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, and editor Eileen Robinson of f1rstpages.com and the recently launched Move Books, who jointly run kidsbookrevisions.com, will teach proven …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownEileen Robinson
Special Guests: Stacy WhitmanMary Colgan

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat 2013

August 17 – August 24, 2013

This is a special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven days and evenings to write, relax, eat, play, and then write some more. This workshop will include one-on-one …

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Workshop Faculty: Carolyn P. Yoder

Fairy Tales Revisited 2013

August 24 – August 28, 2013

Fairy tales have inspired writers since they were first recorded. You’ll explore ways to harness their enduring appeal in your own versions. We’ll work with fairy tales on both the light and dark sides, with their implied morality, their treatment …

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Workshop Faculty: Donna Jo NapoliGail Carson Levine

Advanced Illustrators Workshop 2013

August 29 – September 2, 2013

While your artwork is accomplished alone, it is only with guidance that an illustrator can begin to understand how to make it in today’s picture-book world. Let one of today’s top children’s book illustrators be your guide. Explore the children’s …

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Workshop Faculty: E.B. LewisMatt TavaresJoy ChuCynthia Faber Smith
Special Guests: Artie Isaac

Writing Biographies 2013

September 15 – September 18, 2013

Learn all about the art of biography—from picture books to chapter books to magazine articles—with award-winning authors Candace Fleming and Robert Burleigh and Calkins Creek Book editor Carolyn P. Yoder. The workshop will feature lectures on picture book and chapter-book …

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Workshop Faculty: Candace FlemingCarolyn P. YoderRobert Burleigh

The Power of a Picture Book 2013

September 26 – September 29, 2013

Picture books may be written for the small, but their power is mighty. Sweet and simple as these books may be, the formula for writing a picture book is quite complex. Author-illustrator Lindsay Barrett George (Maggie’s Ball; Inside Mouse, Outside …

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Workshop Faculty: Deborah UnderwoodLindsay Barrett George
Special Guests: David RichardsonMary Colgan

Poetry for the Delight of It 2013

September 30 – October 3, 2013

This workshop is full. If you’d like to request to be on the waiting list, email us. If you like to think, talk, write, and share poetry, this workshop is for you. From budding poet to published veteran, we learn …

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Workshop Faculty: David L. Harrison
Special Guests: Rebecca DavisJ. Patrick LewisRenée LaTulippe

More Room to Create 2013

October 6 – October 11, 2013

A room of your own—in a peaceful and quiet cabin in the autumn woods—in which to write. Woodland paths blazing with fall colors on which to hike. A trickling stream. Delicious meals in The Barn at Boyds Mills and a …

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Workshop Faculty: Sandy AsherLinda Oatman High

Writing Across Boundaries 2013

October 27 – October 30, 2013

For any writer it’s a challenge to write across gender, culture, or race. You worry that you won’t know the subtleties of the language or the mannerisms of the characters. You wonder if it’s even your story to tell. This …

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Workshop Faculty: Mitali PerkinsSundee FrazierEliot Schrefer
Special Guests: Regina BrooksStacy WhitmanCheryl Klein

The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum October 2013

October 11 – October 13, 2013

Especially beneficial for educators! Preregister Now and Save Deep Discounts Option to Earn 3 Graduate Credits Support the development of young readers and build positive connections with books while engaging them in careful observation, evidentiary reasoning, and creative thinking. Help …

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Workshop Faculty: Rosemary Agoglia
Special Guests: Pat CummingsDenise Fleming

A “Short” Cut to Success 2013

October 15 – October 18, 2013

Breaking into children’s publishing can be tough. And although the majority of authors try to do it with fiction, that’s the hardest thing to sell. What’s the easiest? We like to call them “shorts.” They’re the crafts, games, puzzles, recipes, …

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Workshop Faculty: Judy BurkeAnnie BeerAmie Jane LeavittAndrew GutelleLinda Rose
Special Guests: Laura Galen

Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2013

October 18 – October 20, 2013

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with producing, submitting, and selling a trade book or magazine article. You will …

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Workshop Faculty: Clay WintersHarold UnderdownBobbie CombsK.L. GoingTanya Anderson
Special Guests: Floyd Cooper

Everything You Need to Know about Writing Children’s Books 2013

October 20 – October 22, 2013

This intensive two-day workshop is designed to give writers working on everything from picture books to young-adult novels a comprehensive introduction to children’s book writing. You will learn the practical needs of a writer, as well as how to foster …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownSusan Campbell Bartoletti
Special Guests: Clara Gillow Clark

The Hero’s Journey: Bringing the Power of Mythic Structure to Your Writing 2013

October 24 – October 27, 2013

Want to turn your manuscript into a book editors (and kids) can’t put down? The “hero’s journey” will show you what your work is missing and give you a clear trail to follow toward crafting publishable works. The “hero’s journey” …

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Workshop Faculty: Kim T. GriswellK.L. Going

Building a Novel: Scene, Summary, and Sentence 2013

October 31 – November 3, 2013

The basic building block of the novel is the dramatic scene. This workshop will offer strategies for improving your manuscript by exploring what makes a scene in a novel, how scene and summary serve the overall narrative arc, and how …

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Workshop Faculty: Helen HemphillLinda Sue Park
Special Guests: Alvina Ling

Whole Novel Workshop: Historical Fiction 2013

November 3 – November 9, 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for those working in historical fiction. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial …

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Workshop Faculty: Tracy BarrettKirby LarsonLinda PrattTamra Tuller
Special Guests: Augusta ScattergoodNancy Castaldo

Writing Retreat with Two Authors in Residence – November 2013

November 10 – November 15, 2013

Authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace will host this autumn retreat, enabling you to write, revise, and receive feedback on your work in a peaceful and inspiring setting. Your very own cabin—tucked into the woods—in which to write. Delicious …

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Workshop Faculty: Rich WallaceSandra Neil Wallace

Writing about Science Retreat 2014

March 16 – March 21

Learn the techniques of powerful science writing for children. Great science writing can bring vital subjects into the light for young readers. Once children have that “Aha!” feeling and glimpse the creativity and insight that go into science, they are …

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Workshop Faculty: Andy BoylesGail JarrowLoree Griffin BurnsStephen R. Swinburne
Special Guests: Elizabeth PrestonLaurence PringleCatherine D. Hughes

Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets 2014

March 27 – March 30

Never has there been a greater need for inspirational stories, articles, and books for children and teens. Religious publishers and general-interest publishers alike are seeking hopeful books with solid values. Some material can “cross over” into both markets. If you …

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Workshop Faculty: Paula MorrowKristi Holl

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat March 2014

March 30 – April 6

This is a special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven days and evenings to write, relax, eat, play, and then write some more.

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Workshop Faculty: Carolyn P. Yoder

Breathing Life into Minor Characters and Transition Scenes 2014

April 6 – April 9 Waitlisted

So you have your protagonist and antagonist somewhat clear, and your primary characters developed as well. Now there appear these other characters, necessary to push the plot along, but they seem flat, undeveloped, uninteresting. You wish they had more substance. …

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Workshop Faculty: Jan Cheripko

Rhymes with Reason 2014

April 11 – April 13

Madeline, Time for Bed, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?…Rhyming picture books are and always have been among the most popular choices for young readers. Yet publishers often say that they’re not interested in seeing rhyming manuscripts. Why? Because the manuscripts …

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Workshop Faculty: Linda Sue ParkLisa Wheeler

Dust or Magic eBook Retreat: Designing and Critiquing Narrative-Driven Interactive Media for Children 2014

April 27 – April 29

Dust or Magic is hosting a workshop here at Highlights – a special event bringing together 40 individuals with a strong interest in trying to understand children’s lit in the age of the touch screen. We’ll critique best practice, as …

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Workshop Faculty: Warren Buckleitner

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2014

May 4 – May 11 Waitlisted

Do you write children’s or YA fantasy?  Alternate history? Science Fiction? Magical realism? Paranormal romance?  Fairy tale retellings?  Horror?  Bring it to The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction! Who should come? This unique workshop is designed for …

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Workshop Faculty: Anne UrsuLaura Ruby
Special Guests: Tina WexlerChristine HeppermannDeborah Kovacs

A Week with Patti Gauch 2014

May 11 – May 17

Join Patricia Lee Gauch for a writing week of your design! Work with her to brainstorm a novel, revise a chapter, finally get that character right, tackle a climax that is truly riveting, or prepare a manuscript for submission. It’s …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee Gauch

Writing About Nature Retreat 2014

May 12 – May 17

Your writing can ignite a love of nature in young readers. Before children grow up and help solve the problems of the world, they need to have a deep connection with nature. They need to understand how humans and the …

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Workshop Faculty: Andy BoylesMark BaldwinDianna Hutts AstonSallie WolfSarah CampbellDebbie S. Miller
Special Guests: Rebecca DavisLaurence PringleEmily Easton

Writing from the Heart 2014

May 18 – May 25

 “Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is all personally enriching and deeply satisfying. I find writing to be hard work, but at the same time consider myself …

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Workshop Faculty: Joy CowleySuzanne Bloom
Special Guests: Kathleen Hayes

Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2014

June 5 – June 8 Waitlisted

Please note: this workshop is full. You’re welcome to join our waiting list! Finish your picture book and get it ready for submission. Designed for authors and illustrators with a picture book project in progress or in mind, this workshop …

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Workshop Faculty: Pat CummingsDenise FlemingBruce DegenPaul Zelinsky
Special Guests: Laurent LinnRachel OrrRotem Moscovich

Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books 2014

June 8 – June 11

A hands-on workshop specifically designed for writers of Jewish-themed content. Whether your manuscript has slight or overwhelming Jewish content, this is the workshop for you. Unlike a one-day conference, this workshop includes one-on-one manuscript critiques with a literary agent or …

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Workshop Faculty: Barbara KrasnerAnna Levine
Special Guests: Debra HessRegina GriffinRubin Pfeffer

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2014

June 12 – June 15

Picture books demand strong, creative storytelling and a willingness to dig deep to get the most out of an idea.  Join picture book authors Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski as they guide you through the elements and process of picture …

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Workshop Faculty: Leslie HelakoskiDarcy Pattison
Special Guests: Henry ColeStephanie Pitts

Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence 2014

June 8 – June 15

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the Boat Ramp: A Guide to Creating. Her program offers what every writer needs: a quiet time for writing, a secluded place to …

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Workshop Faculty: Jillian Sullivan

Chautauqua East 2014

June 15 – June 21

Register before May 20 and save $200.00! PLUS: For this conference we are piloting a writing buddy program. Sign up with a Writing Buddy, and share lodging with them, and you EACH get another $200 off. The Highlights Foundation marks …

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Workshop Faculty: Peter P. JacobiJillian SullivanClara Gillow ClarkKathryn ErskineSusan Williams BeckhornPatricia Lee GauchLaurence PringleJoëlle DujardinSteve MetzgerSuzanne BloomLarry Rosler
Special Guests: Jerry SpinelliEileen SpinelliMarilyn NelsonLindsay Barrett GeorgeMichael EisenbergK.L. GoingKelley CunninghamAndrew GutelleCaroline WardAshley Prine

Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence 2014

June 21 – June 26

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the Boat Ramp: A Guide to Creating. Her program offers what every writer needs: a quiet time for writing, a secluded place to …

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Workshop Faculty: Jillian Sullivan

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing 2014

July 6 – July 9

You’ve heard of “whole language.” This workshop is for the “whole writer.” We proceed from knowing that under the lamplight the reader responds not to poem or story or essay as such, but to words that reach out and touch. …

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Workshop Faculty: Donna Jo NapoliEileen SpinelliBarry FurrowJerry Spinelli

The Craft of Writing Short Nonfiction 2014

August 3 – August 7

If you’re a picture-book author with a passion for nonfiction or a nonfiction author with a passion for picture books, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to master the techniques of writing the kind of short nonfiction that …

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Workshop Faculty: Debra HessCandace FlemingBarb Rosenstock
Special Guests: Neal PorterCarolyn P. YoderStephen R. SwinburneDoug Wechsler

The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum August 2014

August 8 – August 10

Two dates to choose from for 2014: August 8-10 or October 10-12, 2014. Especially beneficial for educators! Support the development of young readers and build positive connections with books while engaging them in careful observation, evidentiary reasoning, and creative thinking. …

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Workshop Faculty: Rosemary AgogliaAlison Green Myers
Special Guests: Vera B. WilliamsFloyd Cooper

Revision Retreat 2014

August 13 – August 17 Waitlisted

Please note: this workshop is full. You’re welcome to join our waiting list! In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and work with writers on their manuscripts. Mornings will …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownEileen Robinson

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2014

August 16 – August 23

This is a special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven days and evenings to write, relax, eat, play, and then write some more.

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Workshop Faculty: Carolyn P. Yoder