The Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature is a 24-month professional development and mentorship program for People of Color and Indigenous authors or illustrators who are actively pursuing publication within the children’s publishing industry.
Please note: the application window for the Diversity Fellowship has closed. Thank you to everyone who applied–we received over 150 applications and will be reviewing them shortly. Stay tuned for May 15th when we will be announcing our Diversity Fellows!
Each Fellow will receive:
Three immersive workshop experiences will be focused on goal-setting, with community-building activities centered around the craft of writing and illustrating for children and young adult audiences, a Mentor panel, industry insight how-to’s, work sessions, and roundtable discussions. These workshops will engage Fellows in enriched dialogue exploring the perspectives of marginalized voices and spend significant time exploring the craft of writing and illustrating as it relates to their own personal work.
Diversity Fellows will also enroll in two additional workshops of their choice from The Highlights Foundation’s 2019-2020 workshop catalog that allow Fellows the opportunity to customize their sessions to meet their specific writing and/or illustrating goals.
Mentors will help with goal setting, manuscript feedback, and the development of submission plans, while
providing feedback and mentorship throughout the program.
Our Special Guests: