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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, Denise and Suzanne are back! All-new techniques with some >>

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

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Designed for anyone with a >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
  • Young Adult
May 7–May 12, 2017
Crafting Successful Author Visits 2017

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

  • Business of Publishing
May 14–May 20, 2017 Waitlisted
Whole Novel Workshop: Historical Fiction 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! A concentrated week of revision >>

  • Novels
  • Whole Novel Program
May 18–May 21, 2017
Defining Your Voice 2017

Defining what “voice” means may be subjective, but defining your voice is not. “I sit down with the manuscript, look >>

  • Fiction
May 28–June 3, 2017 Waitlisted
Capturing the Unexpected: Beginning Your Novel – Right 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! For all novelists as they >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
June 4–June 8, 2017
Novels in Verse: Take Your Manuscript to the Next Level 2017

Have a finished a novel in verse and need strategies for revision? Or do you have a novel in verse >>

  • Novels
  • Poetry
June 8–June 11, 2017
Capturing Character: Hear Their Voices 2017

Bring your cast of characters to life through this dynamic workshop! Readers (and editors!) are clamoring for character-driven stories. Character informs >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
June 11–June 14, 2017
Your Guide to Graphic Novels 2017

Have an idea for a graphic novel or comic book? Join us to learn about the narrative style of this >>

  • Graphic Novels
  • Illustration
June 9–June 13, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Kathryn Erskine

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency
June 15–June 18, 2017 Waitlisted
Middle Grade Mysteries 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! For writers eager to begin >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Novels
  • Young Adult
June 16–June 18, 2017
On the Bookshelf: Reading with and Writing for Children 2017

A hands-on workshop bringing educators, authors, and illustrators together to celebrate picture books. Deepen your understanding of the world of >>

  • Fiction
  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
June 19–June 22, 2017
Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions 2017

Considering self or indie publishing? Let us help you prepare. Thanks to advances in technology, it’s easier than it’s ever >>

  • Business of Publishing
June 22–June 25, 2017
PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2017

Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers. Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories >>

  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
June 25–June 29, 2017
Writing for the Educational Market 2017

Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational >>

  • Educational Market
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
July 6–July 9, 2017
The Hero’s Journey 2017

Strengthen your story with this highly celebrated archetypal narrative plot structure. Join author Jillian Sullivan on a journey through your >>

  • Fiction
July 9–July 14, 2017 Waitlisted
Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Keynotes, workshops and a creative >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult
July 16–July 20, 2017
Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults 2017

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need >>

  • Middle Grade
  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Book
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult
July 20–July 23, 2017
Super Children’s Book Boot Camp 2017

Finish your picture book and get it ready for submission! Designed for authors and illustrators with a picture book project >>

  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
August 5–August 9, 2017
Revision Retreat 2017

Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing. In this working >>

  • Craft
  • Middle Grade
  • Novels
  • Picture Book
  • Young Adult
August 13–August 19, 2017
Whole Novel Workshop 2017

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge >>

  • Novels
  • Whole Novel Program
  • Young Adult
August 19–August 26, 2017 Waitlisted
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! A special and unusual retreat, >>

  • Craft
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
August 23–August 27, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Matt de la Peña

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency
August 27–August 31, 2017
A Retreat for Poets 2017

A gathering for writers who enjoy playing with rhythm, rhyme, and the poetic form. When You Are Happy Eileen Spinelli >>

  • Poetry
September 7–September 10, 2017
Illustration Intensive 2017

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Illustrators come to narration through a different door than writers, >>

  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
September 14–September 17, 2017
Historical Realities in Fiction for Children 2017

Build a deeper understanding of the role fiction plays in understanding our shared history. In order to authentically represent history >>

  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
September 24–September 27, 2017
The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2017

Engagement, collaboration, mentorship, and a rekindling of joy in your path to publication. We’ve all quoted Emerson a time or >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Craft
  • Picture Book
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 >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
  • Young Adult
October 1–October 5, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Denise Fleming

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency
October 6–October 8, 2017
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2017

A down-to-earth, hands-on workshop for the illustrator who’s looking for the inside track, packed with valuable pointers and solid advice. >>

  • Illustration
  • Picture Book
October 8–October 11, 2017
The Art and Craft of Nature Writing 2017

Discover nature and stories through guided observations, research, and mentoring. In order to help children and young adults foster a >>

  • Nonfiction
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 >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Novels
  • Young Adult
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 22–October 24, 2017
Digital Storytelling: Techniques for Creating Engaging Experiences On Screens 2017

Join us to review the “dust” and the “magic” of the latest children’s digital products, with an emphasis on language, >>

  • Digital
October 25–October 29, 2017
Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2017

An intimate workshop for middle grade authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress. Whether you’ve >>

  • Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • 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? >>

  • Craft
  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Picture Book
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 >>

  • Fiction
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. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency