Inspiring Workshops for Children's Authors & Illustrators

Craft & Community

For Those Who Inspire Kids Through Story

critique session

In-Person Workshops

Craft-based workshops with high faculty:student ratios, and all meals and lodging included.

I’d never really experienced such a feeling of community among writers and artists as I did at the workshops. It made me realize how many creative people share this love of storytelling, and how willing others are to share their insights.”


Online Workshops and Courses

Choose mini courses, short intensives, or longer workshops with feedback opportunities built-in.

“I have a two-book contract, and book two is due later this year.  I am inspired by being a part of the Highlights Foundation, and find that writing is easier, more enjoyable, and the quality is better because of what I am learning in the workshops.”

The Barn at Boyds Mills

Personal and Group Retreats

Get inspiration and space to work with your own personal retreat, or bring your group and share our campus.

“How had I never known that the perfect writer’s retreat existed at the Highlights Foundation Campus? I had such a wonderful time finishing my novel…

Author Leah Henderson

Share Your Story, Inspire a Child

Our community fulfills our mission every day, as they bring their stories to kids through words and art.

He took the book from his brother, and he read it. It was my first letter. And in the letter it said, “My father is from a small village in Senegal. And I’ve never been there, but I was there in your story.”

More Testimonials

“The Highlights Foundation launched my writing career… I signed my first book contract shortly after [my first workshop], and within a year, I’d signed eight more contracts. The Highlights Foundation changed my life, and I’m forever thankful.

The Highlights Foundation is quite literally where the foundation of my professional writing career was laid. lt is where I learned the basics of craft, met my critique group, and got plugged into the kidlit community.”

Upcoming Workshops

Our 2023 Scholarship Application Period is Now Closed

We will announce our scholarship awards the first week of April.

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.

Our Retreat Center

Join us for a workshop or retreat on our campus in the foothills of the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains.

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Workshops for Writers & Illustrators

> Online
> In-Person
> On-Demand (Self-Paced Online)

New to the Highlights Foundation? Try these:

The Crash Course | The Whole Novel Workshop | Summer Camp


Need help deciding on a workshop?  Ask an ambassador!

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

Our Mission in Action

Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.

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