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Coming Up: Spring 2018 Workshops

Our idea of March Madness

Add some art appreciation to your spring retreat.
March 15-18, 2018
Special Unworkshop with Shadra Strickland

We’re excited to kick off our first on-campus art exhibit with a reception and book signing to celebrate Shadra Strickland’s original art from A Child’s Blessings and Prayers. In conjunction with the reception, Shadra is joining us for an Unworkshop. She’ll be working on her latest projects, and will share meals and conversation with other Unworkshoppers. Read more.

You’ve written a children’s book. What’s next?
March 22-25, 2018
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course

We’ll answer ALL your questions at this intensive workshop, designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. Read more.

Start using meditation to center your writing practice.
March 25-28, 2018
Special Unworkshop with Laurie Calkhoven

Children’s book author Laurie Calkhoven uses meditation at every stage of her writing process; from brainstorming story ideas and getting to know her characters to conjuring scenes and revising her work. At this special Unworkshop, join Laurie for daily meditation exercises to center your mindfulness, breath, and visualization. Read more.


Amazing, Astounding, Astonishing April

Put on your art smock and join us at this hands-on retreat for everyone.
April 26-29, 2018
Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop

Creativity is front-and-center at this open-to-all weekend. Everyone is welcome; NO previous art experience required! Using paints, paste and paper you’ll create drip papers, paste papers, 3-D illustrations, accordion books, gilded quotes, and vivid collage art in the style of Lois Ehlert. Come prepared to get your hands dirty! Read more.

Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side.
April 29-May 4, 2018
Crafting Successful Author Visits

You will learn strategies for creating and delivering engaging talks, information on developing materials for teachers and students, and guidelines for developing other promotional tools. Best of all, after helping you create your presentation, our faculty will accompany you to a local school where you will share it with students! Read more.


The Merry Month of May

Just like a novel, narrative nonfiction tells a story.
May 7-12, 2018
Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction

With seminars, one-on-one critiques, discussion and ample writing time, our faculty will help you find the ‘core’ of your story, develop the characters and themes driving the narrative, and dig deeply into your revision. Read more.

Get expert help to prepare your manuscript for submission.
May 12-17, 2018
Filling the Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and Revision

This workshop is geared specifically to authors of picture books and middle grade and young adult novels who have completed entire drafts of their manuscripts and taken their work through at least one or two rounds of revision. We will be discussing, exploring, and using various tools to help you prepare your manuscripts to catch the heart of an agent and publisher. Read more.

We’re looking for anyone with stories that bend reality.
May 13-20, 2018
Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction

Do you write children’s or YA fantasy? Alternate history? Science fiction? Magical realism? Paranormal romance? Fairy tale retellings? Horror? Bring your near-complete draft to this workshop, which offers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft of a novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop. Read more.

Explore ways to harness the enduring appeal of fairy tales in your own work.
May 18-20, 2018
Retell, Revisit, Reimagine: Writing Fresh Fairy Tales and Folklore for Older Readers

Fairy tales have inspired writers since they were first recorded. In this workshop, you’ll explore the ways you can incorporate or reimagine them into your middle grade or young adult novel. Read more.

Polish your picture book dummy for submission.
May 24-27, 2018
Crafting a Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Incubator for Illustrators

Whether you are working on your first picture book or you are reinventing yourself to renew your enthusiasm, this workshop will bring out your unique personal expression to help you craft an exciting, lively dummy. Read more.


That’s it for our spring lineup–but check our schedule to find out what’s going on for the rest of the year!

Posted on: February 6, 2018

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