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July 7–July 10, 2016 Waitlisted
Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2016

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Finish your picture book and >>

  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
July 10–July 14, 2016
Guided Retreat with Jillian Sullivan 2016

Reawaken your creative life with a mentored retreat set in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Jillian Sullivan, author of Fishing from the >>

  • Craft
  • Guided Retreat
July 17–July 23, 2016
Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2016

The Highlights Foundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than S’mores by the campfire and hiking in the woods (although >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Illustration
  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Picture Book
August 7–August 13, 2016 Waitlisted
Whole Novel Workshop August 7-13 2016

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Take your novel to the >>

  • Novels
August 13–August 20, 2016 Waitlisted
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2016

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! This is a special and >>

  • Craft
  • Nonfiction
August 13–August 17, 2016
Revision Retreat 2016

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 21–August 27 Waitlisted
Whole Novel Workshop: Middle Grade and Young Adult 2016

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! If you write middle grade >>

  • Novels
August 21–August 24, 2016
How Do Poets Get Published? Learning What It Takes 2016

The publishing world can seem murky and impenetrable, especially if you write poetry. As poets, we ask ourselves, “Why do >>

  • Poetry
September 6–September 10, 2016
Artist-in-Residency: Meg Medina 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
September 8–September 11, 2016
The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2016

We’ve all quoted Emerson a time or two: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” But things get a bit >>

  • Craft
September 11–September 15, 2016
The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2016

Would you love to work in an intimate setting with published poets, make new friends, immerse yourself in writing poetry >>

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

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Horror and heart-pounding suspense… Ghost >>

  • 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 for young readers about subjects you >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 1200-word picture book, >>

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

Picture book illustration is a highly competitive field. Art directors and editors are not only looking for the illustrator with >>

  • 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
  • Nonfiction
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

You love science and our world—and want to share your knowledge and passion with kids. How do you accomplish it? >>

  • 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 >>

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

Do you write children’s or YA fantasy? Alternate history? Science Fiction? Magical realism? Paranormal romance? Fairy tale retellings? Horror? Bring >>

  • 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 fiction >>

  • Novels
  • Whole Novel Program
June 22–June 25, 2017
PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2017

Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories that sell means going beyond a fun idea. In addition to structure, word >>

  • Picture Book
July 9–July 15, 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
August 12–August 19, 2017
Whole Novel Workshop 2017

Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge you to look at your novel critically and to >>

  • Novels
September 7–September 10, 2017 Waitlisted
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 to grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to >>

  • Craft
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
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 jotted >>

  • Middle Grade