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This is your story. We are here to provide support.

There are a lot of Highlights Foundation workshops coming up with a big focus on feedback and mentorship for both writers and illustrators.

Perhaps that idea excites you.  Perhaps it gives you pause.

Maybe you’ve never shared your work before.  Or maybe you’ve had a critique experience in the past that left you feeling with a sense of deflation instead of renewed zest for your story.  That’s why we thought it might be helpful for us to share a little bit about how The Highlights Foundation approaches critique, feedback, and mentorship.

Our general approach can be summed up in one core philosophy:
This is your story; we are here to provide support.

As the creative, you have the roadmap to your story.  

That means that our feedback and critique opportunities do not focus on red pen markups and rewrites.  They focus on understanding your areas of need, and then asking questions and offering support.  

We ask both faculty and workshop participants to follow this philosophy/model when they participate in workshops with The Highlights Foundation.

You can read more about our approach and process here.

Which Course Matches Your Goals?

Below is a guide to the feedback aspects of our upcoming courses if you’d like see submission due dates, details, and more.   There are opportunities for beginners in any genre, plus novelists, illustrators, author/illustrators, nonfiction writers, chapter book/early reader writers, and picture book writers at any level.

In general, if you are looking for a lot of feedback and mentorship in a course, here are a few to look for on the schedule:

  • Some of the most feedback and mentorship intensive courses coming up include our July Online Summer Camps in Fiction (including picture books and novels), Nonfiction, and Illustration. We love these because there is a lot of opportunity for feedback, plus a lot of room for inspiration and creativity, too.  Writers and illustrators at any level are welcome.
  • For novelists, our August Whole Novel Workshop (in person or online) gives you faculty mentorship on a draft of your entire novel (applications are due June 1).
  • Author/Illustrators looking for a lot of mentorship should enjoy So You Want to Be an Author/Illustrator? (online), with feedback opportunities available throughout the course.
  • Serious beginners might want to check out our Crash Course in Children’s Publishing (online), which includes an optional consultation opportunity on either a work in progress, or your goals/ideas (depending on your needs).

You can also Ask an Ambassador to help match you with a course that fits your feedback needs and feedback comfort level.

We hope to see you soon!


For Beginners in Any Genre

Crash Course in Children’s Publishing (Online)

Get Feedback via: an optional 1:1 consultation.  If you don’t have work to share yet, you can center the conversation on your ideas and goals.

Submissions Due: After the course, if you select the consultation. 

Get details and register for the summer session starting June 9. 

Get details and register for the fall session starting September 22.

 


For Novels

The Whole Novel Workshop (Applications due June 1 for the August workshop; Online or In-Person)

Get Feedback On: a draft of your entire novel by faculty; excerpts by small groups/facilitators

Submissions Due: Applications are due 6/1/21; if accepted into the program, whole novel draft is due 7/1/21.

Type of Feedback: Written and 1:1s with a faculty mentor, plus facilitated Brain Trust small groups.

Get details and apply here.


Anatomy of a Novel: Six-Month Exploration of Craft with Agent Linda Epstein (SOLD OUT)

Submissions Due: Varies; 7 days before each feedback session (SOLD OUT)

Missed registering for this one?  Novelists at Work is a good alternative.


Online Summer Camp in Fiction (July 8-11; Online)

Get Feedback On: Longer-form Fiction Excerpt (or picture book manuscript) (Detailed submission guidelines are in the course description)

Submissions Due: June 17

Type of Feedback: 1:1s with a faculty mentor, plus facilitated small groups.

Get details and register here.


Novelists at Work: Crafting Your Pitch to Sell Your Story (July 26-August 20; Online)

Get Feedback On: 40 pages of your novel and a cover letter

Submissions Due: July 16

Type of Feedback: Written feedback and 1:1 20-minute consultation with an agent

Get details and register here.

 


For Illustration and Author/Illustrators

Deep Dive Into Children’s Book Illustration (SOLD OUT)

Submissions Due: June 13 (SOLD OUT)

Missed registering for this one?  Summer Camp in Illustration (below) is a good alternative.


So You Want to Be an Author/Illustrator? (June 24-August 12; Online)

Get Feedback On: Manuscript, sketches, pacing, pitch and revisions throughout, culminating in a dedicated 1:1; plus an optional full dummy critique after the course.  (Detailed submission guidelines are in the course description)

Submissions Due: Varies through the course

Type of Feedback: 1:1 with a faculty, plus facilitated peer feedback.

Get details and register here.


Online Summer Camp in Illustration (July 16-18; Online)

Get Feedback On: Picture Books Dummies, Graphic Novel Excerpt, or Digital Portfolio (Detailed submission guidelines are in the course description)

Submissions Due: June 28

Type of Feedback: 1:1s with a faculty mentor, plus facilitated small group.

Get details and register here.

 


For Nonfiction

Online Summer Camp in Nonfiction (July 12-15; Online)

Get Feedback On: Nonfiction Picture Book or Longer-form Nonfiction Excerpt (Detailed submission guidelines are in the course description)

Submissions Due: June 21

Type of Feedback: 1:1s with a faculty mentor, plus facilitated small groups.

Get details and register here.


Science and Nature Writing for Kids & Teens (August 5-9, In-Person; August 9-23, Online)

Get Feedback On: Up to 2,000 works of a picture book or longer-form piece (or a proposal/page of ideas if you do not have a work in progress)

Submissions Due: July 15 for in-person; July 20 for online

Get Feedback Via: a 1:1 consultation with faculty during the workshop/retreat, plus open sharing (in-person); written feedback + a 20 minute 1:1 with faculty (online)

Get details and register for the in person course here

Get details and register for the online course here.


Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Narrative Nonfiction (October 3-6; In-Person)

Get Feedback Via: Faculty 1:1s and peer groups.  Prior to the workshop you will be asked to submit pages; you will receive detailed information by 9/1 with submissions due by 9/10.

Get details and register here.

 


For Chapter Books and Early Readers

Developing a Series in Chapter Books (SOLD OUT)

Submissions Due: June 13 (SOLD OUT)

Missed registering for this one?  Try Writing First Chapter Books & Early Readers.


Writing First Chapter Books & Early Readers (August 28-31; In-Person)

Get Feedback Via: a 1:1 consultation with faculty during the workshop/retreat

Get details and register here.

 


For Picture Books

Picture Book Character A-Z (July 4 – August 5, Online)

Get Feedback: This is a largely self-paced course, but there will be a lot of opportunity for sharing and check-ins throughout with faculty and your peers.  You can also select more formal feedback after the course.

Submissions Due: During the course for informal checkins and sharing; After the course if you select the more formal critique/consultation.

Get details and register here.


Online Summer Camp in Fiction (July 8-11; Online)

Get Feedback On: Fictional Picture Books Manuscript (or Longer-form Fiction Excerpt) (Detailed submission guidelines are in the course description)

Submissions Due: June 17

Type of Feedback: 1:1s with a faculty mentor, plus facilitated small groups.

Get details and register here.

 


Posted on: May 22, 2021

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