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Poetry for All 2012

Whether your passion is writing poems for little ones or a more mature audience, our goal is to bring together >>

  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Whole Narrative Nonfiction 2012

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of fiction for children and young adults. This >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
Kids’ Book Revision Retreat and Critique Group Recharge 2012

Retreat Focus In this working retreat, Harold Underdown, longtime editor and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Young Adult Boot Camp 2012

Writing characters, drama, and humor that resonate with teenagers can be extremely rewarding—if you know what subjects and writing styles >>

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Young Adult
Writing from the Heart 2012

“Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
Fiction Writing for Children and Young Adults 2012

Short stories, picture books, poetry, and novels form fantastic and imaginative worlds. Prepare yourself for the world of writing fiction >>

  • Fiction
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Whole Novel Workshop: Middle Grade 2012

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle-grade novels. This unique program offers the >>

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
Nonfiction Writing for Children and Young Adults 2012

Nonfiction Matters. Publishers crave new and different nonfiction. Teachers and librarians desire stories about real people, real places, and really >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Advanced Illustrators Workshop 2012

While your artwork is accomplished alone, it is only with guidance that an illustrator can begin to understand how to >>

  • Illustration
  • Previous Workshops
From Prose to Pictures to Published: The Process of Writing a Picture Book 2012

Whether a picture book be rhyming or traditional prose, one of the key components to success is weaving in lyrical, >>

  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
The Power of a Picture Book 2012

Picture books may be written for the small, but their power is mighty. Sweet and simple as these books may >>

  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Writing for Little Eyes and Little Ears 2012

Picture books for early learners bear many similarities to poetry. Both depend on imagery, rhythm, and musical devices for their >>

  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Books That Rise Above 2012

Tens of thousands of manuscripts cross the desks of children’s book editors every year. Only a few thousand rise above >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
  • Young Adult
An Introduction to Novels in Verse 2012

Out of the Dust, True Believer, The First Part Last—Newbery, National Book Award, and Printz. Each is bound by the >>

  • Novel
  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Heart of the Fantasy Novel 2012

High fantasy is one of the all-time favorite forms of children’s books. From the witty and imaginative journey of Harry >>

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
Whole Novel Workshop: Young Adult Readers 2012

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of young-adult novels. This unique program offers the >>

  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
  • Young Adult
A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Book Publishing 2012

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
  • Special Markets
The Brilliant Dummy 2012

Illustrators write with pictures as much as authors do with words. To create an impeccably drawn and brilliantly written picture >>

  • Craft
  • Illustration
  • Previous Workshops
Writing Books About Agriculture: Beyond the Barnyard 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 >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
Writing for Boys 2013

Rich Wallace, Lenore Look, and Bruce Coville will help you delve deeply into your characters’ psyches, exploring their motivations, frustrations, >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
  • Young Adult
Whole Novel Workshop: Middle Grade 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle grade novels.  This >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
Unworkshop: April 14 – 20 2013

All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers >>

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

Dust or Magic is hosting a workshop here at Highlights – a special event bringing together 40 individuals with a >>

  • Ebooks
  • Previous Workshops
Where Story Meets Poetry: Writing the Poetry Novel 2013

What makes a poetry novel work? It needs both poetic structure and an engaging narrative that pulls the reader along.  >>

  • Novel
  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Nature Writing Boot Camp 2013

Will your writing ignite a love of nature in young readers? Before children grow up and help solve the problems >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
Science Writing Boot Camp 2013

Powerful science writing can bring vital subjects into the light for young readers. Once children have that “Aha!” feeling and >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2013

It’s for the published author to determine how much time and energy should be invested in selling self and product, >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
Whole Novel Workshop: Fantasy 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for those working in the fantasy genre. >>

  • Fiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
The Poet’s Poetry Workshop 2013

Whether your passion is writing poems for young ones or a more mature audience, our goal is to bring poets >>

  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets 2013

Never has there been a greater need for inspirational stories, articles, and books for children and teens. Religious publishers and >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Writing Retreat with Two Authors in Residence – June 2013

Imagine . . . your very own cabin—nestled in a peaceful setting in the rolling wooded hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
A Concentrated Course in Nonfiction 2013

Use your imagination full force—as a nonfiction writer. Many writers believe that fiction offers more opportunity for creativity, but nonfiction >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books 2013

Finally! A hands-on workshop specifically designed for writers of Jewish-themed content. Whether your manuscript has slight or overwhelming Jewish content, >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults 2013

Short stories, picture books, poetry, and novels form fantastic and imaginative worlds. Prepare yourself for the world of writing fiction >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
  • Young Adult
Writing for the Educational Market 2013

If the words “educational markets” make you think of boring workbooks and textbooks, it’s time to think again! Today’s educational >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence – July 2013

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the Boat Ramp: >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Writing from the Heart 2013

“Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults 2013

Nonfiction Matters. Publishers crave new and different nonfiction. Teachers and librarians desire stories about real people, real places, and really >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
Whole Novel Workshop: Young Adult 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of young adult novels. This >>

  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
  • Young Adult
The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum August 2013

Especially beneficial for educators! Preregister Now and Save Deep Discounts Option to Earn 3 Graduate Credits Support the development of >>

  • Craft
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Kids’ Book Revision Retreat 2013

Retreat Focus In this working retreat, Harold Underdown, longtime editor and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat 2013

This is a special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Fairy Tales Revisited 2013

Fairy tales have inspired writers since they were first recorded. You’ll explore ways to harness their enduring appeal in your >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Previous Workshops
Advanced Illustrators Workshop 2013

While your artwork is accomplished alone, it is only with guidance that an illustrator can begin to understand how to >>

  • Illustration
  • Previous Workshops
Writing Biographies 2013

Learn all about the art of biography—from picture books to chapter books to magazine articles—with award-winning authors Candace Fleming and >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
The Power of a Picture Book 2013

Picture books may be written for the small, but their power is mighty. Sweet and simple as these books may >>

  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Poetry for the Delight of It 2013

This workshop is full. If you’d like to request to be on the waiting list, email us. If you like >>

  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
More Room to Create 2013

A room of your own—in a peaceful and quiet cabin in the autumn woods—in which to write. Woodland paths blazing >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Writing Across Boundaries 2013

For any writer it’s a challenge to write across gender, culture, or race. You worry that you won’t know the >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum October 2013

Especially beneficial for educators! Preregister Now and Save Deep Discounts Option to Earn 3 Graduate Credits Support the development of >>

  • Craft
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
A “Short” Cut to Success 2013

Breaking into children’s publishing can be tough. And although the majority of authors try to do it with fiction, that’s >>

  • Magazines
  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2013

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
Everything You Need to Know about Writing Children’s Books 2013

This intensive two-day workshop is designed to give writers working on everything from picture books to young-adult novels a comprehensive >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Nonfiction
  • Novel
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
  • Young Adult
The Hero’s Journey: Bringing the Power of Mythic Structure to Your Writing 2013

Want to turn your manuscript into a book editors (and kids) can’t put down? The “hero’s journey” will show you >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Previous Workshops
Building a Novel: Scene, Summary, and Sentence 2013

The basic building block of the novel is the dramatic scene. This workshop will offer strategies for improving your manuscript >>

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
Whole Novel Workshop: Historical Fiction 2013

Founded in 2006, this session of the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for those working in historical fiction. This unique >>

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
Writing Retreat with Two Authors in Residence – November 2013

Authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace will host this autumn retreat, enabling you to write, revise, and receive feedback >>

  • Craft
  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Writing about Science Retreat 2014

Learn the techniques of powerful science writing for children. Great science writing can bring vital subjects into the light for >>

  • Craft
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
  • Special Markets
Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets 2014

Never has there been a greater need for inspirational stories, articles, and books for children and teens. Religious publishers and >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat March 2014

This is a special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Breathing Life into Minor Characters and Transition Scenes 2014

So you have your protagonist and antagonist somewhat clear, and your primary characters developed as well. Now there appear these >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Rhymes with Reason 2014

Madeline, Time for Bed, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?…Rhyming picture books are and always have been among the most popular >>

  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Dust or Magic eBook Retreat: Designing and Critiquing Narrative-Driven Interactive Media for Children 2014

Dust or Magic is hosting a workshop here at Highlights – a special event bringing together 40 individuals with a >>

  • Ebooks
  • Previous Workshops
Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2014

Do you write children’s or YA fantasy?  Alternate history? Science Fiction? Magical realism? Paranormal romance?  Fairy tale retellings?  Horror?  Bring >>

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
A Week with Patti Gauch 2014

Join Patricia Lee Gauch for a writing week of your design! Work with her to brainstorm a novel, revise a >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Writing About Nature Retreat 2014

Your writing can ignite a love of nature in young readers. Before children grow up and help solve the problems >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Writing from the Heart 2014

 “Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2014

Please note: this workshop is full. You’re welcome to join our waiting list! Finish your picture book and get it >>

  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books 2014

A hands-on workshop specifically designed for writers of Jewish-themed content. Whether your manuscript has slight or overwhelming Jewish content, this >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2014

Picture books demand strong, creative storytelling and a willingness to dig deep to get the most out of an idea.  >>

  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence 2014

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the Boat Ramp: >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Chautauqua East 2014

Register before May 20 and save $200.00! PLUS: For this conference we are piloting a writing buddy program. Sign up >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Illustration
  • Magazines
  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence 2014

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the Boat Ramp: >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing 2014

You’ve heard of “whole language.” This workshop is for the “whole writer.” We proceed from knowing that under the lamplight >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
The Craft of Writing Short Nonfiction 2014

If you’re a picture-book author with a passion for nonfiction or a nonfiction author with a passion for picture books, >>

  • Craft
  • Magazines
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum August 2014

Two dates to choose from for 2014: August 8-10 or October 10-12, 2014. Especially beneficial for educators! Support the development >>

  • Craft
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Revision Retreat 2014

Please note: this workshop is full. You’re welcome to join our waiting list! In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2014

This is a special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Writing for the Educational Market 2014

This workshop is full. Please email us if you would like to be put on the waiting list. If the >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Unworkshops: Your Room to Create August 2014

Here are the upcoming dates available for an Unworkshop in 2014: August 24-31 October 23-30 November 9-22 December 14-20 All >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Whole Novel Workshop 2014

This workshop is full. Please email us if you would like to be put on the waiting list. Take your >>

  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Whole Novel Program
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2014

We’re looking for curious and serious beginning writers. If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
  • Retreat
Poetry for the Delight of It 2014

From budding poet to published veteran, we learn and teach at every stage. If you like to think, talk, write, >>

  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2014

It’s for the published author to determine how much time and energy should be invested in selling self and product, >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum October 2014

Especially beneficial for educators! Support the development of young readers and build positive connections with books while engaging them in >>

  • Craft
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Finding Your Voice 2014

Our greatest writers write from their guts, from their own truths. They dig deep until they reach a vein within >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
Fact into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel 2014

Fact into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel Setting historical fiction in a real time and place requires in-depth research and >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Autumn Poetry Retreat and Workshop 2014

Do you have a passion for writing children’s poetry? Do you want to hone your skills, work in an intimate >>

  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Unworkshops: Your Room to Create Oct. 23-30, 2014

All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
From Prose to Picture to Published: Writing a Marketable Picture Book 2014

Whether a picture book is written in rhyming or traditional prose, one of the key components to success is weaving >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Illustration
  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
  • Retreat
The Master Class: Reaching for the Stars 2014

Please note: this workshop is full. You’re welcome to join our waiting list! In the rush to publication, writers often >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
Writing for Magazines 2014

Writing for Magazines: Fiction and Nonfiction Want to put your story into the hands of thousands of eager young readers—and >>

  • Magazines
  • Previous Workshops
  • Special Markets
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2014

Take your picture-book illustration to the next level! This workshop offers art tips and clear direction to help you execute >>

  • Craft
  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
  • Previous Workshops
Building a Novel: From Sentence to Scene 2014

The basic building block of the novel is the dramatic scene. This workshop will offer strategies for improving your manuscript >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Novel
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Unworkshops: Your Room to Create with Writer in Residence Nov. 9-15, 2014

Clara Gillow Clark will be joining us as the writer-in-residence for this week’s unworkshop! She will be available during the >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Rekindling the Fire 2014

Do you struggle to balance your busy schedule with your commitment to writing? When you finally find time to write, >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Illustration
  • Magazines
  • Middle Grade
  • Nonfiction
  • Novel
  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
  • Young Adult
Unworkshops: Your Room to Create Nov. 16-22, 2014

All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Unworkshops: Your Room to Create with Writer in Residence Dec. 14-20, 2014

Clara Gillow Clark will be joining us as the writer-in-residence for this week’s unworkshop! She will be available during the >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Unworkshops: Your Room to Create Feb. 22 – Mar. 1, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time >>

  • Previous Workshops
  • Retreat
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course March 2015

We’re looking for curious and serious beginning writers. If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to >>

  • Craft
  • Previous Workshops
  • Promotion
  • Retreat