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September 22–September 26, 2016
Artists-in-Residency: Jerry & Eileen Spinelli 2016

Our 2016 Artists-in-Residency include Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli, Meg Medina, and Suzanne Bloom. The Highlights Foundation’s residency program celebrates the >>

  • Artist in Residency
October 5–October 9, 2016
Perfecting the Picture Book Text 2016

Picture books are incredibly fun to create. They are a whole world unto themselves with character, setting, conflict, and structure >>

  • Picture Book
October 9–October 13, 2016
Artist-in-Residency: Suzanne Bloom 2016

Our 2016 Artists-in-Residency include Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli, Meg Medina, and Suzanne Bloom. The Highlights Foundation’s residency program celebrates the >>

  • Artist in Residency
  • Illustration
October 16–October 19, 2016 Waitlisted
The Master Class: The Search for Voice 2016

Please note: This workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! In the rush to publication, >>

  • Craft
  • Novels
October 19–October 23, 2016
Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2016

Horror and heart-pounding suspense… Ghost stories and serial killers… Psychological thrillers, Gothic tales, dark magical realism, and the occult. Dark >>

  • Craft
  • Novels
  • Young Adult
October 23–October 26, 2016
Creating Page-Turning Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers and Up 2016

Do you have a passion for learning and a desire to create informational books about subjects you care about? Do >>

  • Nonfiction
October 26–October 29, 2016
Carving Out Your Picture Book for Submission 2016

This intensive workshop is meant for intermediate to advanced authors and illustrators. Picture book folks–authors, illustrators, and the ever-illusive author/illustrators–will >>

  • Picture Book
November 1–November 6, 2016
Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction 2016

A writer of narrative nonfiction must work with both head and heart. Whether you’re working on a 1,200-word picture book, >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
November 4–November 6, 2016 Waitlisted
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2016

Please note: This workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Picture book illustration is a >>

  • Illustration
November 10–November 13, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course November 2016

Join us for a long weekend to start writing your children’s book and learn all you need to know about >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Promotion
January 8–April 7, 2017
Getting to Know Your Novel with Sarah Aronson 2017

An activity-based web series paired with a guided writing retreat. Join Sarah Aronson on an eight-week journey into your work >>

  • Craft
  • Novels
January 29–February 4, 2017
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat January 2017

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
March 16–March 19, 2017
Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2017

Achieve your long-term goals through constructive feedback of your existing work and conversations about where you can take both your >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Novels
March 26–March 29, 2017
Writing Off the Page 2017

Enrich your characters, tighten your plot, and build your story with a highly interactive workshop designed for all writers of >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
March 30–April 3, 2017
Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing 2017

Energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction writing that shines the light on exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) >>

  • Nonfiction
April 20–April 23, 2017
Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2017

A weekend of media exploration, excitement, and just plain fun! Ashley and Denise are back! All-new techniques with some magic >>

  • Illustration
May 7–May 14, 2017
Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2017

Designed for anyone with a complete or near-complete draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in fantasy or >>

  • Novels
May 14–May 20, 2017
Whole Novel Workshop: Historical Fiction 2017

A concentrated week of revision for historical fiction novelists. This workshop provides novelists in middle grade or young adult historical >>

  • Novels
  • Whole Novel Program
June 4–June 8, 2017
Novels in Verse: Take Your Manuscript to the Next Level: Intermediate and Advanced Tracks 2017

Have a finished a novel in verse and need strategies for revision? Or do you have a novel in verse >>

  • Novels
  • Poetry
June 8–June 11, 2017 Presale
Capturing Character: Hear Their Voices 2017

Bring your cast of characters to life through this dynamic workshop! Character informs all aspects of a story. Believable characters >>

  • Craft
June 11–June 14, 2017
Your Guide to Graphic Novels 2017

Have an idea for a graphic novel or comic book? Join us to learn about the narrative style of this >>

  • Graphic Novels
  • Illustration
June 19–June 22, 2017
Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions 2017

Considering self or indie publishing? Let us help you prepare. Author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison knows how to create >>

  • Business of Publishing
June 22–June 25, 2017
PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2017

Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers. Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories >>

  • Picture Book
June 25–June 29, 2017
Writing for the Educational Market 2017

Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational >>

  • Educational Market
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
July 9–July 14, 2017
Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2017

Keynotes, workshops and a creative mentor to provide one-on-one support. The Highlights Foundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Illustration
  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Picture Book
July 16–July 20, 2017 Presale
Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults 2017

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need >>

  • Nonfiction
July 20–July 23, 2017
Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2017

Finish your picture book and get it ready for submission! Designed for authors and illustrators with a picture book project >>

  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
August 5–August 9, 2017
Revision Retreat 2017

In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and help >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
August 12–August 19, 2017
Whole Novel Workshop 2017

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge >>

  • Novels
August 19–August 26, 2017
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2017

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
September 7–September 10, 2017
Illustration Intensive 2017

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Illustrators come to narration through a different door than writers, >>

  • Illustration
October 4–October 8, 2017
Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2017

In this unique four-day workshop, you will have your work critiqued, produce new pages, and come away with solid direction >>

  • Novels
  • Young Adult
October 12–October 15, 2017
The Joke’s On You! The Scoop on Humor, Middle Grade through YA 2017

Learn to manipulate humor in your writing, grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your >>

  • Craft
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
October 15–October 19, 2017
The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2017

If you have a passion for writing children’s poetry, then please join us. Beginning poets, seasoned writers, teachers, and dreamers >>

  • Poetry
October 25–October 29, 2017
Getting Your Middle Grade Unstuck 2017

An intimate workshop for middle grade authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress. Whether you’ve >>

  • Middle Grade