Crystal Allen, Kelly Starling Lyons, Kristy Dempsey, and Gwendolyn Hooks met at the Highlights Foundation’s Chautauqua Workshop over a decade ago. There friendship was forged over works-in-progress, critiques, and the drive to publish great books for all children. Fast forward, and between the four women they have over 30 books for readers of all ages.
They’ve designed a workshop to share with you all that they have gathered over years of their journeys, including ways to break into the industry; turning passion and ideas into a career; how to work in multiple genres and for varying ages; where to find work-for-hire opportunities, and more. This 3-day workshop is designed to help writers uncover the possibilities offered in the children’s book industry, as well as discuss ways to make the most impact on children of all ages.
Along with daily lectures and discussions there will be hands-on writing exercises, and chances to meet one-to-one with the faculty. Writers will not need to provide writing samples prior to the workshop but are encouraged to bring writing to the conference for peer review.
This workshop is for anyone looking for ways to break-in or expand upon a career in writing for children from board books to middle grade series.