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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
Special Guests: Kelley CunninghamRebecca Davis

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create Apr. 12-18, 2015

April 12 – April 18, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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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 DavisJanet Wong – SKYPE guest

Once Upon an App: A Survey of Apps Related to Language Development 2015

April 19 – April 21, 2015

This will be our third annual app retreat at the beautiful Highlights Foundation. Once again, we’ll take a close look at the latest digital materials related to language development for preschool and elementary age children (aged 2-to 12-years). Our textbook …

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Workshop Faculty: Warren BuckleitnerGail Lovely

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
Special Guests: Marie O’Neill

Capturing the Spotlight: Getting the Gigs 2015

April 26 – April 29, 2015

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
Special Guests: Selene CastrovillaDavid L. Harrison – SKYPE guestMelanie Hope GreenbergVicki CobbMargie Stern

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

May 3 – May 10, 2015 WAITLISTED

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

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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 WAITLISTED

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

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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
Special Guests: Bobbie Combs

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create May 24-31, 2015

May 24 – May 31, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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The In-Betweeners: Writing Early Readers and First Chapter Books 2015

June 11 – June 14, 2015

Frog and Toad. Amelia Bedelia. Elephant and Piggie, Mercy Watson…Do these names make your heart beat a little faster? If so, then this fun workshop is for you! In between the read-aloud world of picture books and the more challenging …

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Workshop Faculty: Kara LaReauJamie Michalak

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create June 14-20, 2015

June 14 – June 20, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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Unworkshops: Your Room to Create June 21-26, 2015

June 21 – June 26, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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Writing from the Heart 2015

June 21 – June 28, 2015

Writing from the Heart is a week-long study of children’s books for early readers. You will learn about the needs of the children’s book and magazine markets as well as the wants of young readers and their developmental milestones. Your …

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Workshop Faculty: Suzanne BloomJillian Sullivan
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

Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing 2015

July 5 – July 9, 2015

Learn the dynamics of powerful science writing for children and teens—even if you’re a new writer or have limited experience. Compelling science writing can give children the powerful “Aha” feeling and engage their creativity and curiosity. By energizing readers through …

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Workshop Faculty: Jennifer SwansonMiranda PaulShelby AlinskyClara Gillow Clark
Special Guests: Tracey Baptiste – SKYPE guestCarol Hinz – SKYPE guest

Summer Camp at The Barn 2015

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: Megan McDonaldSuzanne BloomLindsay Barrett GeorgePeter P. JacobiBarb RosenstockLaurence PringleClara Gillow Clark
Special Guests: Joëlle DujardinMichael EisenbergMarie O’NeillChris RettstattKerry McManusMaha AddasiMatt PhelanPatricia Lee Gauch

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 CostelloAmmi-Joan Paquette

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

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

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

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create August 23-30, 2015

August 23 – August 30, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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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 RagoAlison Green Myers

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create September 13-19, 2015

September 13 – September 19

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2015

September 16 – September 20, 2015

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 a recent revival. If you’re writing a young adult or middle-grade novel that touches on …

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Workshop Faculty: Nova Ren SumaMicol Ostow

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

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create October 18-25, 2015

October 18 – October 25, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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Creating Page-Turning Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers and Up 2015

October 18 – October 21, 2015

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? Want tips on how to organize …

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Workshop Faculty: Deborah Hopkinson
Special Guests: Lisa SandellSteve Sheinkin – SKYPE guest

The Master Class: The Search for Voice October 2015

October 29 – November 1, 2015 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

The Master Class: The Search for Voice November 2015

November 5 – November 8, 2015

Announcing another opportunity in 2015 for writers searching for voice—to work with Patricia Lee Gauch. Patti has developed and published some of the finest children’s literature, including two Caldecott Medal winners. This workshop is open to writers who haven’t already …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee Gauch

Writing for Magazines 2015

November 5 – November 8, 2015

Want to put your story, article, or activity into the hands of thousands of eager young readers—and get paid for it, too? Welcome to the children’s magazine market! Writing for magazines is challenging and rewarding. This hands-on workshop will help …

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Workshop Faculty: Judy BurkeKim CooperLou WarynciaRich Wallace

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create November 15-22, 2015

November 15 – November 22, 2015

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop! We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions. “Let’s have people …

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