Writing About Nature Retreat 2014

< Return to Workshops May 12 – May 17
Andy Boyles

Andy Boyles

Andy is the science editor at Highlights magazine. He used to write about psychiatry and molecules at medical centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Galveston, Texas, but he hasn’t done that since he joined Highlights eighteen years ago.

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Mark Baldwin

Mark Baldwin

Principal author of the Natural History Atlas to the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region, Mark has devoted the past sixteen years to the development of nature education programs for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. As director of education, Mark works with teachers throughout the country to infuse nature studies into their curricula.

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Dianna Aston

Dianna Hutts Aston

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many books for children, including the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Butterfly Is Patient and A Rock Is Lively, all illustrated by Sylvia Long. The Moon Over Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, received a Coretta Scott Honor in 2009.

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Sallie Wolf

Sallie Wolf

Wherever she goes, Sallie takes her journal, fountain pen, ink, and watercolors. These are the tools she uses to record the world she sees. Her journals are a combination of an anthropologist’s field notes, a writer’s notebook, and an artist’s sketchbook. Her children’s books grow out of these journals.

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Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

Sarah creates picture books with facts and photographs. She writes about interesting things she finds in nature. Her third book, Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature, will be published by Boyds Mills Press in April 2014.

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Debbie Miller

Debbie S. Miller

Debbie has lived in Alaska for nearly 40 years. Inspired by the beauty and magnificence of the wilderness, Debbie enjoys exploring wild places and studying the amazing diversity of wildlife that live in the Far North.

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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca M. Davis is the editor-at-large for WordSong, the only imprint in the United States dedicated to children’s poetry. She has been editing children’s books for more than twenty years…

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Laurence Pringle

Laurence Pringle

Laurence Pringle is an accomplished writer of nonfiction and has written more than 100 books for children.

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Emily Easton

Emily Easton

Emily was the Publishing Director of the Walker Books for Young Readers imprint at Bloomsbury Publishing, until the imprint was recently closed. Emily has diverse editorial taste, editing everything from board books to teen books, from fiction to nonfiction.

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Workshop Description

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 many other living things in their environment depend on one another.  Spend five days immersed in the art and craft of writing about the natural world. Through nature-journaling workshops, lectures, one-to-one manuscript critiques, and ample writing time, you’ll acquire the tools and insights you need to advance on your path to success. This workshop will help you

  • use basic tools and techniques for nature observation and journaling;
  • identify solid nature story ideas;
  • work with experts to improve the accuracy and depth of your writing; and
  • draw on your observations and research to write powerful books, articles, or other works for young readers.

Your guides on this nature retreat will be multiple-award-winning professionals writers and naturalists Don’t miss this opportunity to spend five days in the scenic Upper Delaware River Valley, learning and writing about the natural world.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis; seats fill fast, register now!

Workshop Information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 12, with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Saturday, May 17, with lunch.

Event Cost: $1495
Price Includes:Transportation from airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless internet.