Ask An Ambassdor:

Find the Workshop You Need

Do you need help finding a workshop?

With over 50 workshop offerings a year (both online and in-person) that encompass a wide variety of genres and experience levels, we understand that it can feel daunting to try and choose the course that’s right for you. We’d like to help you decide! To that end, we’d like to introduce you to our Ambassador,
Rona Shirdan. Rona is very active in the kidlit community and has been an attendee and on faculty at multiple Highlights Foundation workshops. She can answer any questions you might have about:


  • Helping with course selection
  • Help for scholarship recipients in choosing a course
  • Deadlines for enrollment and submissions
  • The on-campus experience

Logistics questions?

If you have already chosen a course but have questions about accessibility, technology, how to set up a payment plan, travel, accommodations, or dietary needs, please contact our hospitality team. Your message will be routed appropriately and one of your team members will get back to you. Thank you!


Rona Shirdan is living her best life as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. She is the mother of two adult sons and a cat named Lola. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, and is retired from many years in the corporate world.

She serves as the Customer Experience Coordinator, Ambassador, Beta Reader, and guest faculty at the Highlights Foundation.

Rona is the Co-Regional Advisor for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of SCBWI. Her published work is in the Christian and educational markets. She is committed to the process of peacebuilding in the areas of social justice and DEI. Her focus is on children’s literature (especially picture books!) and partnering with organizations that embrace these initiatives.

When she is not engrossed in kidlit, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Andre. Rona lives in the Philly suburbs but would prefer the perpetual sun and palm trees of southern California. You can find out more about Rona at:, and on Facebook and Twitter.


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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.  Learn more about our impact.