#HFGather: Free Online Sessions

#HFGather: Free Online Sessions

These free online webinars are for children’s writers, illustrators, and storytellers at any level.  We’d love for you to join us in community.  All are welcome.


  • April 28: Join author/illustrator Daria Peoples in conversation with Pat Cummings. They’ll talk artistic process, mentorship and celebrate the opening of the 2021 Art Wall at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center, which features Daria’s work from her new book America, My Love, America, My Heart. Register here.
  • More Upcoming Sessions: We host #HFGathers monthly.  To get topics and dates as they become available, sign up for email notifications.

How #HFGather Started

When the COVID pandemic required everyone to stay home, we began #HFGather, a series of free online sessions to help us stay connected during that time. What we discovered is that we don’t need to be on campus to feel our community. As our #HFGather host Sarah Aronson says: “We know how to make community even when we can’t be together.”

We decided to host at least one #HFGather every month in 2021. Above are those available to sign up for free right now. 

Below are recordings from past sessions that you can browse and watch at your convenience.

2021 #HFGather Recordings

  • January 2021: Sarah Aronson was in conversation with George Brown about 2021 Programs and Scholarships.
    Watch it here.
  • February 2021: The Brown Bookshelf Presents Amplify Black Stories, Opening Celebration of Stories, Programs, and Commitment. Watch it here.
  • March 2021: Author/illustrator Steve Light Pen & Ink Drawing Demo. Watch it here.
  • March 2021: Author Claribel Ortega: Immersive Book Launches and Virtual Visits. Watch it here.

2020 #HFGather Recordings

Writer Chats with host Sarah Aronson

Illustrator Chats with Shadra Strickland and Pat Cummings

  • Pat Cummings with Diane Dillon, 6/19/20. Watch it here.
  • Pat Cummings with Shadra Strickland and Sarah Jung: Agents, 6/5/20. Watch it here.
  • Pat Cummings with Dan Santat and Mike Curato: Graphic Novels, 5/29/20. Watch it here.
  • Pat Cummings with art directors Cecilia Yung and Laurent Linn: The Legacy of Tomie dePaola, 5/22/20. Watch it here.
  • Shadra Strickland with guest Mike Curato, 4/10/20. Watch it here.
  • Shadra Strickland with guest Pat Cummings, 4/03/20. Watch it here.
  • Shadra Strickland with guest Kelly Light, 3/27/20. Watch it here.