Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2016

May 8 – May 13, 2016

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
Special Guests: Alison Green MyersBobbie Combs

Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books 2016

May 15 – May 18, 2016

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 KrasnerKathy KacerDianne Hess
Special Guests: Joni SussmanTalia Benamy

Novels in Verse — More than a Novel, More than Poetry 2016

May 21 – May 25, 2016

The verse novel packs a punch with judicious word choices, open spaces, vivid encapsulations of scenes and emotions, all delivered in a narrative that flows rhythmically.  Bring your verse novel or ideas for one and practice the art of saying …

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Workshop Faculty: Kathryn ErskineAlma Fullerton
Special Guests: Padma VenkatramanSusan HawkGrace Kendall

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2016

June 10 – June 13, 2016

Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories that sell means going beyond a fun idea. In addition to structure, word choice and plot, have you considered voice, style, rhythm, layout, rhyme, audience, tone, and sound? This workshop with award-winning picture …

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Workshop Faculty: Darcy PattisonLeslie Helakoski
Special Guests: Kelly Bennett

Master Class in Novel Writing 2016

June 14 – June 17, 2016

You’ve been writing at a professional level for a while, but you still need to learn and challenge yourself. Come and join a deep discussion of practical issues that will take your next novel to a new level. We’ll take …

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Workshop Faculty: Darcy Pattison

Writing for the Educational Market 2016

June 19 – June 23, 2016

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: Jan FieldsPaula Morrow
Special Guests: Cindy Kane

Special Guests Via Skype: Megan Gunderson

Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2016

July 7 – July 10, 2016

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 offers a unique opportunity to develop it, polish it, finish it, and present …

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Workshop Faculty: Pat CummingsDenise FlemingFloyd CooperSteve Light
Special Guests: Patti Ann HarrisMarcia WernickAlison Green MyersNamrata Tripathi

Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2016

July 17 – July 23, 2016

The Highlights Foundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than S’mores by the campfire and hiking in the woods (although those adventures are always on our schedule). To us, Summer Camp, is a time to find the kind of encouragement …

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Workshop Faculty: Kathryn ErskineJillian SullivanAlison Green MyersSusan Campbell BartolettiMitali PerkinsLamar Giles
Special Guests: Adriana DomínguezJessica Echeverria

Whole Novel Workshop August 7-13 2016

August 7 – August 13, 2016

Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge you to look at your novel critically and to find openings and opportunities for revision. This comprehensive workshop includes one-on-one sessions, lectures, group discussions, and exercises to support and …

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Workshop Faculty: Sarah AronsonNancy WerlinA.M. JenkinsJennifer Jacobson
Special Guests: Nicole ValentineRob Costello

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2016

August 13 – August 20, 2016

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. Our all-inclusive price means we …

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Workshop Faculty: Carolyn P. Yoder

Revision Retreat 2016

August 13 – August 17, 2016

In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and help writers try them out on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to model critique groups, …

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Workshop Faculty: Eileen RobinsonHarold Underdown
Special Guests: Cherie Matthews

Whole Novel Workshop: Middle Grade and Young Adult 2016

August 21 – August 27

If you write middle grade or young adult fiction, come to The Whole Novel Workshop with M.T. Anderson and N. Griffin! This workshop is designed for anyone with a complete or near-complete draft of a middle-grade or young adult novel …

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Workshop Faculty: M.T. AndersonN. Griffin
Special Guests: Hannah Barnaby

How Do Poets Get Published? Learning What It Takes 2016

August 21 – August 24, 2016

The publishing world can seem murky and impenetrable, especially if you write poetry. As poets, we ask ourselves, “Why do publishers accept some poems over others? Why were my poems turned down, while poems in a similar vein published? What …

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Workshop Faculty: David L. Harrison
Special Guests: Rebecca DavisMary ColganAllison KanePatrick Greenish

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2016

September 11 – September 15, 2016

Would you love to work in an intimate setting with published poets, make new friends, immerse yourself in writing poetry and working on the craft? Then this workshop is for you. Our goal is to bring poets together to delve …

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Workshop Faculty: Rebecca Kai DotlichGeorgia Heard
Special Guests: Rebecca Davis

Special Guests Via Skype: Lee Bennett Hopkins

The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2016

September 8 – September 11, 2016

We’ve all quoted Emerson a time or two: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” But things get a bit less philosophical on our path to publication, don’t they? Suddenly we are so focused on the end… the destination… the …

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Workshop Faculty: Don Tate
Special Guests: Kathleen HayesCarmen OliverAlison Green Myers

Perfecting the Picture Book Text 2016

October 5 – October 9, 2016

Picture books are incredibly fun to create. They are a whole world unto themselves with character, setting, conflict and structure that provide young readers with a complete story within the span of about 32 pages. But the simplicity of a …

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Workshop Faculty: Kathryn ErskineKristy Dempsey

The Master Class: The Search for Voice 2016

October 13 – October 16, 2016 Waitlisted

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! In the rush to publication, writers often miss the opportunity to stop and take time to bring their writing to a higher level. We admire …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee Gauch

Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2016

October 19 – October 23, 2016 Waitlisted

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Horror and heart-pounding suspense… Ghost stories and serial killers… Psychological thrillers, Gothic tales, dark magical realism, and the occult. Dark and twisty kidlit has enjoyed …

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Workshop Faculty: Nova Ren SumaMicol Ostow

Carving Out Your Picture Book for Submission 2016

October 26 – October 29, 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 focus on one project throughout this three-day workshop. Through one-on-one critiques and peer-to-peer feedback we will prepare your picture …

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Workshop Faculty: Eric Rohmann
Special Guests: Candace FlemingMary Colgan

Creating Page-Turning Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers and Up 2016

October 23 – October 26, 2016

Do you have a passion for learning and a desire to create informational books for young readers about subjects you care about? Do you want to expose young readers to complex works of nonfiction about science, people, or historical events? …

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Workshop Faculty: Deborah HopkinsonPamela S. Turner

Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction 2016

November 1 – November 6, 2016

A writer of narrative nonfiction must work with both head and heart. Whether you’re working on a 1200-word picture book, a 35,000-word middle grade, or a 65,000-word book for young adults, you need to carefully research to gather information, assess …

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Workshop Faculty: Deborah HeiligmanBarbara Kerley
Special Guests: Carolyn P. YoderNancy Feresten

Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2016

November 4 – November 6, 2016

Picture book illustration is a highly competitive field. Art directors and editors are not only looking for the illustrator with the right style for a particular book. The edge goes to the professional who’s confident in the craft of making …

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Workshop Faculty: Tim Gillner

Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course November 2016

November 10 – November 13, 2016

Join us for a long weekend to start writing your children’s book and learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry! Thursday Tour the offices of Boyds Mills Press and Highlights for Children Welcome dinner followed by …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownJo KnowlesBobbie Combs
Special Guests: Lindsay Barrett George