Writing for Magazines 2014

November 6 – November 9

Writing for Magazines: Fiction and Nonfiction Want to put your story 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 …

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Workshop Faculty: Judy BurkeRich WallaceLou WarynciaKim Cooper

Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2014

November 7 – November 9, 2014

Take your picture-book illustration to the next level! This workshop offers art tips and clear direction to help you execute your work in new ways. Prior to attending the workshop, you will select a picture-book manuscript from those provided; determine …

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Workshop Faculty: Tim Gillner

Building a Novel: From Sentence to Scene 2014

November 8 – November 10

The basic building block of the novel is the dramatic scene. This workshop will offer strategies for improving your manuscript by exploring what makes a scene in a novel, how scene and summary serve the overall narrative arc, and how …

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Workshop Faculty: Helen HemphillLinda Sue Park

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create with Writer in Residence Nov. 9-15, 2014

November 9 – November 15, 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

Rekindling the Fire 2014

November 13 – November 16

Do you struggle to balance your busy schedule with your commitment to writing? When you finally find time to write, is your energy depleted? Are you longing to take your writing to the next level, but never grant yourself permission …

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Workshop Faculty: K.L. GoingLisa Grace Byrne
Special Guests: Ginger KnowltonMarcelle Soviero

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create Nov. 16-22, 2014

November 16 – November 22, 2014

All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers and artists need room. Room in their lives in which to create. We have comfortable cabins. Nice walking and jogging …

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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 5 – 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

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

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

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

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

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

September 24 – September 27, 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