Workshop Spotlight: Essential Conversations

Many of you have been following the conversations on social media about diversity and representation in children’s books–we’ve been listening too. As part of our desire to contribute, we’ve planned a series of symposiums, workshops and retreats that we’re calling “Essential Conversations:”

Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature: Novelists and Publishing Professionals, March 15-18, 2019
Designed for established and emerging Jewish novelists and publishing professionals, as we explore writing for and about Jewish children and young adults. This symposium is sold out, but we hope to hold it again next year.

Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium, June 14-16, 2019
This course will help allies in the fight for cultural representation in children’s books–authors, editors, publishers, teachers, librarians– to cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow cultural competency.

Native Creators’ Summer Retreat, June 24-30, 2019
With a focus on mentorship and polishing a manuscript for submission, this is a four-day retreat for Native American book creators writing for and about children.

From the Outside in: Writing Outside Your Own Experiences for Books for Children and Teens, June 30-July 2, 2019
Learn meaningful ways to form diverse characters and worlds, avoid harmful stereotypes, and create responsible narratives for children and teens.

Writing the Rainbow: Crafting Picture Books With LGBTQ+ Themes, October 27-30, 2019
An immersive experience in creating LGBTQ+ themed fiction and nonfiction picture books for today’s market.

Posted on: February 22, 2019