Workshops

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May 7–May 12, 2018
Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction 2018

Learn narrative nonfiction storytelling skills and get the feedback you need to complete your revision. A writer of narrative nonfiction >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Writing Intensive
May 18–May 20, 2018
Retell, Revisit, Reimagine: Writing Fresh Fairy Tales and Folklore for Older Readers 2018

Explore ways to harness the enduring appeal of fairy tales in your own work. Fairy tales have inspired writers since >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
May 24–May 27, 2018
Crafting a Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Incubator for Illustrators 2018

Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for submission. At last! You have a >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
June 7–June 10, 2018
PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2018

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

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
June 11–June 15, 2018
2018 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Nikki Grimes

Our Artists-in-Residency program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. We’re proud >>

  • Artist in Residency
  • Poetry
June 11–September 16, 2018
Getting to Know Your Picture Book with Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Online Course plus Onsite Retreat) 2018

Give your picture book the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
June 10–June 13, 2018
Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers 2018

Gain understanding of the unique needs of books for children who are beginning to read independently. Do you remember the >>

  • Fiction
June 14–June 17, 2018
Connecting Source to Story: Mining the World for Your Fiction 2018

Writers of historical, contemporary, or speculative fiction: Join Ashley Hope Pérez for a look into the authentic sources for fiction. >>

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
June 17–June 20, 2018
Writing Mysteries for Middle Grade, Chapter Books, and Series 2018

For writers eager to begin or complete a mystery for middle grade readers. Children love to cozy up with a >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
June 21–June 24, 2018
Beginning STEPS to Writing Historical Fiction 2018

Give your historical fiction a strong start by learning the fundamentals of this popular genre. Are you writing a novel >>

  • Fiction
June 21–June 24, 2018
Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2018

Get feedback on your novel AND guidance about your writing career from two experienced authors with great teaching and editing >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Fiction
  • Novels
June 24–June 28, 2018
Writing for the Educational Market 2018

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

  • Business of Publishing
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
July 8–July 13, 2018
Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2018

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

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
July 15–July 19, 2018
Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2018

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, 2018
Illustration Intensive 2018

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
August 3–August 7, 2018
Revision Retreat 2018

Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing. In this working >>

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
August 8–August 12, 2018
Nuts & Bolts of Science Writing 2018

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

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Books
August 12–August 18, 2018
Whole Novel Workshop MG/YA 2018

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

  • Fiction
  • Novels
August 18–August 25, 2018 Waitlisted
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2018

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! A special and unusual retreat, >>

  • Writing Intensive
August 26–August 29, 2018
The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms 2018

Crafting Characters, Storyboarding with an Illustrator Eye, Revising Strategies, Stand-out Submissions, School Visits, and MORE The word count may be >>

  • Picture Books
September 9–September 12, 2018
The Journey: Everything You Need to Know to Write a Book for Children 2018

Get serious about writing that picture book—and set reachable goals to move you towards publication. When creative people get too >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Picture Books
September 30–October 3, 2018
DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell 2018

For published and pre-published authors who have a novel that needs to be renovated for sale. Have a fixer-upper manuscript? >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
October 4–October 7, 2018
Beginner’s Class in World Building and World Conjuring 2018

Explore ways to help ground and stretch readers within fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism. Fiction writers must create a >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
October 5–October 7, 2018
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2018

A down-to-earth, hands-on workshop for the illustrator who’s looking for the inside track, packed with valuable pointers and solid advice. >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
October 7–October 9, 2018
Writing for All Young Readers: Board Books through MG Series 2018

This workshop is for anyone looking for ways to break in or expand upon a career in writing for children, >>

  • Business of Publishing
October 14–October 18, 2018
The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2018

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

  • Poetry
October 18–October 21, 2018
Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Picture Book Biography and Narrative Nonfiction 2018

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Unfamiliar names may not hook your >>

  • Nonfiction
October 21–October 24, 2018
Elements of Plot with Grace Lin and Padma Venkatraman 2018

Find your way through your novel, from point to point and place to place. Crafting engaging characters and an interesting >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
November 4–November 8, 2018
Getting Your Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel Unstuck 2018

An intimate workshop for middle grade and young adult authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
November 8–November 11, 2018
Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart: A Working Retreat 2018

A writing-intensive workshop to prepare your picture book for submission. Two award-winning, bestselling authors, Emily Jenkins and Elise Broach, and >>

  • Picture Books
November 8–November 11, 2018
A Master Class: Creating the Moment that Transcends – Climax, Complication, and Going Far Enough 2018

An intense study into building scenes with emotional impacts for your readers. The novel is first a story with a >>

  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive