Dust or Magic eBook Retreat: Designing and Critiquing Narrative-Driven Interactive Media for Children 2014

April 27 – April 29

Dust or Magic is hosting a workshop here 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, as …

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Workshop Faculty: Warren Buckleitner

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2014

May 4 – May 11 Waitlisted

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: Tina WexlerChristine HeppermannDeborah Kovacs

Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2014

May 11 – May 16

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: Alison Green Myers

A Week with Patti Gauch 2014

May 11 – May 17

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

Writing About Nature Retreat 2014

May 12 – May 17

Your writing can ignite a love of nature in young readers. Before children grow up and help solve the problems of the world, they need to have a deep connection with nature. They need to understand how humans and the …

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Workshop Faculty: Andy BoylesMark BaldwinDianna Hutts AstonSallie WolfSarah CampbellDebbie S. Miller
Special Guests: Rebecca DavisLaurence PringleEmily Easton

Writing from the Heart 2014

May 18 – May 25

 “Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is all personally enriching and deeply satisfying. I find writing to be hard work, but at the same time consider myself …

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Workshop Faculty: Joy CowleySuzanne Bloom
Special Guests: Kathleen Hayes

Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2014

June 5 – June 8

Register before Jan 15 and receive a 15% discount! 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 …

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Workshop Faculty: Pat CummingsDenise FlemingBruce DegenPaul Zelinsky
Special Guests: Laurent LinnRachel OrrRotem Moscovich

Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books 2014

June 8 – June 11

A hands-on workshop specifically designed for writers of Jewish-themed content. Whether your manuscript has slight or overwhelming Jewish content, this is the workshop for you. Unlike a one-day conference, this workshop includes one-on-one manuscript critiques with a literary agent or …

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Workshop Faculty: Barbara KrasnerAnna Levine
Special Guests: Debra HessRegina GriffinRubin Pfeffer

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2014

June 12 – June 15

Picture books demand strong, creative storytelling and a willingness to dig deep to get the most out of an idea.  Join picture book authors Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski as they guide you through the elements and process of picture …

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Workshop Faculty: Leslie HelakoskiDarcy Pattison
Special Guests: Henry ColeStephanie Pitts

Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence 2014

June 8 – June 15

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence 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 …

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Workshop Faculty: Jillian Sullivan

Chautauqua East 2014

June 15 – June 21

Register before May 20 and save $200.00! For this conference we are piloting a writing buddy program. Sign up with a Writing Buddy, and share lodging with them, and you EACH get another $200 off. The Highlights Foundation marks its …

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Workshop Faculty: Peter P. JacobiJillian SullivanClara Gillow ClarkKathryn ErskineSusan Williams BeckhornPatricia Lee GauchLaurence PringleJoëlle DujardinSteve MetzgerSuzanne BloomLarry Rosler
Special Guests: Jerry SpinelliEileen SpinelliMarilyn NelsonLindsay Barrett GeorgeMichael EisenbergK.L. GoingBetina CochranKelley CunninghamAndrew GutelleCaroline Ward

Guided Retreat: Writer in Residence 2014

June 21 – June 26

Reawaken your creative life with this inspiring retreat led by writer-in-residence 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 …

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Workshop Faculty: Jillian Sullivan

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing 2014

July 6 – July 9

You’ve heard of “whole language.” This workshop is for the “whole writer.” We proceed from knowing that under the lamplight the reader responds not to poem or story or essay as such, but to words that reach out and touch. …

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Workshop Faculty: Donna Jo NapoliEileen SpinelliBarry FurrowJerry Spinelli

Make the Leap: Moving up from Articles and Stories to Books 2014

August 1 – August 3

This three-day guided writing retreat teaches how to tailor your ideas to fit into the various children’s book formats and styles. It starts you writing that book on site, whether it’s a complete picture book or first chapter of a …

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Workshop Faculty: Pegi Deitz Shea

The Craft of Writing Short Nonfiction 2014

August 3 – August 7

If you’re a picture-book author with a passion for nonfiction or a nonfiction author with a passion for picture books, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to master the techniques of writing the kind of short nonfiction that …

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Workshop Faculty: Debra HessDianna Hutts AstonCandace FlemingPeggy Thomas

The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum August 2014

August 8 – August 10

Two dates to choose from for 2014: August 8-10 or October 10-12, 2014. Especially beneficial for educators! Support the development of young readers and build positive connections with books while engaging them in careful observation, evidentiary reasoning, and creative thinking. …

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Workshop Faculty: Rosemary AgogliaAlison Green Myers
Special Guests: Vera B. WilliamsFloyd Cooper

Revision Retreat 2014

August 13 – August 17

In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and work with writers on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to model critique groups, individual meetings, …

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Workshop Faculty: Harold UnderdownEileen Robinson

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create August 2014

August 10 – August 20, 2014

Here are the upcoming dates available for an Unworkshop in 2014: August 10-20 October 23-30 November 9-22 December 14-20 All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers and …

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Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2014

August 16 – August 23

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

Writing for the Educational Market 2014

August 20 – August 24

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
Special Guests: M.W. Penn

Unworkshops: Your Room to Create October 2014

August 23 – August 30, 2014

Here are the upcoming dates available for an Unworkshop in 2014: October 23-30 November 9-22 December 14-20 All writers and artists need to give themselves time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. All writers and artists need …

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Whole Novel Workshop 2014

September 7 – September 13

Deadline for applying is July 1. Take your novel to the next level! Sarah and Nancy 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, …

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Workshop Faculty: Sarah AronsonNancy WerlinA.M. Jenkins
Special Guests: Nova Ren SumaNicole Valentine

Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2014

September 19 – September 21

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with producing, submitting, and selling a trade book or magazine article. You will …

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Workshop Faculty: Bobbie CombsHarold UnderdownTanya Anderson

Poetry for the Delight of It 2014

September 29 – October 2

From budding poet to published veteran, we learn and teach at every stage. If you like to think, talk, write, and share poetry, this one’s for you. How we’re organized: Session 1:   The Study of Poetry Session 2:   Verse Session …

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Workshop Faculty: David L. Harrison
Special Guests: Rebecca DavisKenn Nesbitt – Skype visitorJane Yolen – Skype visitor

The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum October 2014

October 10 – October 12

Two dates to choose from for 2014: August 8-10 or October 10-12, 2014. Especially beneficial for educators! Support the development of young readers and build positive connections with books while engaging them in careful observation, evidentiary reasoning, and creative thinking. …

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Workshop Faculty: Rosemary AgogliaAlison Green Myers
Special Guests: E.B. LewisLindsay Barrett George

Fact into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel 2014

October 16 – October 19

Fact into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel Setting historical fiction in a real time and place requires in-depth research and an immersion into the time period and setting. Novelists Sandra Neil Wallace (Muckers) and Rich Wallace (War and Watermelon) will …

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Workshop Faculty: Rich WallaceSandra Neil Wallace

Autumn Poetry Retreat and Workshop 2014

October 19 – October 23

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 DavisLee Bennett Hopkins

The Plot Thickens 2014

October 19 – October 25

Join New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy) and award-winning author Alan Gratz (Samurai Shortstop, Prisoner B-3087) for a week-long intensive workshop on plotting middle-grade and young-adult novels. Carrie and Alan will present …

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Workshop Faculty: Alan GratzCarrie Ryan

Building a Novel: From Sentence to Scene 2014

October 24 – October 26

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

From Prose to Picture to Published: Writing a Marketable Picture Book 2014

October 31 – November 2

Whether a picture book is written in rhyming or traditional prose, one of the key components to success is weaving in lyrical, expressive language. Join Candace Fleming, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Eric Rohmann, winner of the Caldecott …

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Workshop Faculty: Candace FlemingEric Rohmann

The Master Class: Reaching for the Stars 2014

October 30 – November 2 Waitlisted

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 the very language—words and sentences and passages—not to mention the extraordinarily original characters, of Jerry …

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Workshop Faculty: Patricia Lee Gauch

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

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 November-December 2014

November 9 – December 20, 2014

Here are the upcoming dates available for an Unworkshop in 2014: November 9-22 December 14-20 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 …

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