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We're still adding more workshops, and more faculty for next year.

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create with Writer in Residence Dec. 14-20, 2014

December 14 – December 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 week to meet with writers to discuss craft, career goals, and offer manuscript advice. All writers and artists need to …

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Workshop Faculty: Clara Gillow Clark

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

March 6 – March 8, 2015

We’re looking for curious and serious beginning writers. If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you! This intensive course is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownBobbie Combs

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat March 2015

March 21 – March 28, 2015

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

Beyond Main Characters: An In-Depth Look at Your Supporting Cast and Transitional Scenes 2015

March 29 – April 1, 2015

Your protagonist is real. The conflict concrete. The plot compelling. Your novel seems complete. Yet something is missing. Maybe those supporting characters and transitional scenes need more attention than you’ve given them. But what to do? How can you make …

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Workshop Faculty: Jan CheripkoHannah Barnaby

Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2015

April 9 – April 12, 2015

Join author/illustrators Denise Fleming and Ashley Wolff to play with color, light, line, and texture. Try your hand at collage, gouache, gouache resist, marbleizing, decorative papers, pastels, copy transfer, and mini books. Discover a signature style. Expand your knowledge of …

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Workshop Faculty: Denise FlemingAshley Wolff

Spring Poetry Retreat and Workshop 2015

April 15 – April 19, 2015

Do you have a passion for writing children’s poetry? Do you want to hone your skills, work in an intimate setting with a published poet, make new poetry friends, immerse yourself in the act of writing poetry, and talk about …

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Workshop Faculty: Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Special Guests: Rebecca Davis

Dust or Magic eBook Retreat: Designing and Critiquing Narrative-Driven Interactive Media for Children 2015

April 19 – April 21, 2015

Dust or Magic is hosting a workshop 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, and see …

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Workshop Faculty: Warren Buckleitner

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2015

April 23 – April 26, 2015

Picture books demand strong, creative storytelling. Join picture book authors Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski to work on your word choices, story structure, pacing, audience, and the possibilities–and pitfalls–of rhythm and rhyme. You will focus and shape that vague idea …

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Workshop Faculty: Darcy PattisonLeslie Helakoski

Capturing the Spotlight: Getting the Gigs

April 26 – April 29

WHAT’S NEXT? You landed your first or tenth or fifteenth contract, and now your children’s book is soon to be released. At one time you thought your publisher would send you on a whirlwind tour that included bookstore appearances, radio …

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Workshop Faculty: Larry Dane Brimner

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2015

May 3 – May 10, 2015

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: Deborah KovacsTina WexlerChristine Heppermann

A Week with Patti Gauch 2015

May 10 – May 17, 2015

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

Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2015

May 12 – May 17, 2015

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

Writing from the Heart 2015

June 21 – June 28, 2015

"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 CowleyJillian SullivanSuzanne Bloom
Special Guests: Tim Gillner

Guided Retreat with Jillian Sullivan 2015

June 28 – July 5, 2015

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by 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 work, …

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Workshop Faculty: Jillian Sullivan

Summer Camp at The Barn

July 12 – July 18, 2015

Please note: we are still confirming faculty members for this workshop! Think of those carefree days of summer camp. Remember sleeping in a cabin, roasting marshmallows, and telling tales in the evening? Wouldn’t you love to go back? Well, now …

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Workshop Faculty: Kathryn ErskineSuzanne BloomPeter P. JacobiLindsay Barrett GeorgeBarb RosenstockLaurence PringleClara Gillow Clark
Special Guests: Joëlle DujardinMichael EisenbergMarie O’Neill

Nonfiction: Crafting Picture Books and Articles 2015

August 2 – August 6, 2015

Are you a picture book author with a passion for nonfiction or a nonfiction author with a passion for picture books? Are you wondering about that new idea and whether it’s a picture book or an article? Do you want …

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Workshop Faculty: Debra HessDeborah HeiligmanBarbara Kerley

Whole Novel Workshop 2015

August 9 – August 15, 2015

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 AronsonA.M. JenkinsNancy Werlin
Special Guests: Nicole ValentineRob Costello

Revision Retreat 2015

August 15 – August 19, 2015

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: Harold UnderdownEileen Robinson

Writing for the Educational Market 2015

August 19 – August 23, 2015

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

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2015

August 15 – August 22, 2015 Waitlisted

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! 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 …

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Workshop Faculty: Carolyn P. Yoder

Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2015

September 10 – September 13, 2015

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 CummingsPeter BrownDenise FlemingGreg Pizzoli
Special Guests: Rubin PfefferNancy PaulsenMartha Rago

Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course September 2015

September 24 – September 27, 2015

We’ve added an extra day to this popular workshop for beginners! If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. We’ll guide you through the processes of creating, submitting and …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownBobbie Combs

Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2015

October 16 – October 18, 2015

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