Workshops

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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 >>

  • Character & Voice
  • Novels
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 19–October 22, 2017 Waitlisted
The Fundamentals of Writing Biography 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Engage children in the lives >>

  • Nonfiction
October 22–October 24, 2017
Digital Storytelling: Techniques for Creating Engaging Experiences On Screens 2017

Looking for more ways to tell or draw your stories? Join us to review the latest children’s digital products. This >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Picture Books
October 25–October 29, 2017 Waitlisted
Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! An intimate workshop for middle >>

  • Novels
October 26–October 29, 2017
DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell 2017

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

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
November 2–November 5, 2017 Waitlisted
Master Class: Understanding “Close Third” Point of View 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Gain confidence in the “close >>

  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
November 10–November 14, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Varian Johnson

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Varian Johnson >>

  • Artist in Residency
January 8–April 19, 2018
Getting To Know Your Novel with Sarah Aronson (Online Course plus Onsite Retreat) 2018

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

  • Fiction
  • Novels
January 28–February 4, 2018
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat January 2018

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

  • Writing Intensive
March 22–March 25, 2018
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2018

Join us for a special weekend: start writing or revising your children’s book and learn all you need to know >>

  • Business of Publishing
March 25–March 31, 2018
Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2018

Move your novel to the next level with guidance from editor Patricia Lee Gauch.   Check back soon for more >>

  • Novels
April 22–April 26, 2018 Presale
Writing About Nature Retreat 2018

Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.      

  • Nonfiction
April 26–April 29, 2018
Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2018

Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for illustrators and art admirers alike. NO >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
April 29–May 4, 2018
Crafting Successful Author Visits 2018

Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits are a powerful way to >>

  • Business of Publishing
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 12–May 17, 2018
Filling the Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and Revision 2018

Under the guidance of Emma Dryden you’ll prepare your manuscript for submission and gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals >>

  • Writing Intensive
May 13–May 20, 2018
Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2018

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

  • Fiction
  • Novels
May 19–May 20, 2018 Presale
Retell, Revisit, Reimagine: Writing Fresh Fairy Tales and Folklore for Older Readers 2018

Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.      

  • Fiction
May 24–May 27, 2018
Crafting a Dummy with Heart and Soul 2018

Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for submission.     Check back soon >>

  • 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 10–June 13, 2018
Chapter Books and Early Readers 2018

Gain understanding of the unique needs of books for children transitioning to independent readers.       Please check back >>

  • Fiction
June 17–June 21, 2018
Middle Grade Mysteries 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
A Beginner’s Guide to Historical Fiction 2018

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

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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
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 11, 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) >>

  • Nonfiction
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
September 9–September 12, 2018
The Journey: Your Path to Publication 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 13–September 16, 2018
Getting to Know Your Picture Book (Online Course plus Onsite Retreat) 2018

Give your picture book the special attention it deserves by pairing an activity-based web series with our guided picture book >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
September 30–October 3, 2018
Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2018

Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.      

  • Fiction
  • Novels
October 4–October 7, 2018
Beginners Class in World Building and World Conjuring 2018

Explore ways to help ground and stretch readers within fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism.     Please check back >>

  • 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 Presale
Opportunities in Print for Little Readers: Board Books to Chapter Book Series 2018

Please check back soon for more details on this workshop; we are still adding faculty too!      

  • 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
Writing Biography 2018

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads.     Please check back soon >>

  • Nonfiction
October 21–October 24, 2018
Elements of Plot: From Point A to B and Beyond 2018

Find your way through your novel, from point to point and place to place.     Please check back soon >>

  • Fiction
October 28–October 31, 2018 Presale
Writing Cross-Culturally 2018

Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.      

  • Deepening Perspectives
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
November 1–November 4, 2018 Presale
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
November 1–November 4, 2018 Presale
Writing Retreat 2018

Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.      

  • Writing Intensive