Writing from the Heart 2014

< Return to Workshops May 18 – May 25
Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley

Joy’s love for children’s literature is “a commitment that borders on obsession.” Her novels and picture books regularly receive top honors. Countless children know her classic Mrs. Wishy-Washy.

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Suzanne Bloom

Suzanne Bloom

For her first 35 years Suzanne was busy making things and drawing stuff, including architectural renderings and wooden toys.  She has spent all the years since making picture books. Among her books is A Splendid Friend, Indeed, which received an …

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Jillian Sullivan

Jillian Sullivan

Jillian Sullivan has written young adult novels, collections of short stories, picture books, a book on mythology, a book on writing, and a collection of poetry titled parallel, which was recently released. Her awards include the Highlights Fiction Award and New Zealand’s Kathleen Grattan Prize for poetry.

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Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen Hayes, currently editor of Highlights High Five™, has taught graduate courses in early childhood education at Bank Street College, has worked as a staff developer with New Jersey and Albuquerque public school teachers, and was the primary consultant and …

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Workshop Description

 “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 blessed in that my work is also my greatest pleasure.”

—Joy Cowley, Writing from the Heart: How to Write for Children

Writing from the Heart is a week-long study of children’s books for early readers. You will learn about the needs of the children’s book and magazine markets as well as the wants of young readers and their developmental milestones. Your craft will benefit from sessions on mining your memories, the picture-book process, developing plot, and revision techniques for limited word count.

Join Joy Cowley and Suzanne Bloom, writer and illustrator of the Goose and Bear books, as they guide you along on a writer’s journey through the heart. With thoughtful guidance and powerful dialogues, you will learn what it truly means to write from your heart with humor, compassion, and childlike wonder.

Guest faculty member Kathleen Hayes, editor of Highlights High Five™, will offer a fresh perspective on writing for magazines. This inspiring workshop provides plenty of time for one-on-one discussions to help shape your early-reader manuscript into a polished and saleable story.

Workshop Information

Begins Sunday, May 18, with dinner and ends on Sunday, May 25, with lunch.

Event Cost: $1395
Price Includes:Transportation from airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless internet.