Free Online Sessions
#HFGathers are free online webinars for children’s writers, illustrators, and storytellers at any level. We’d love for you to join us in community. All are welcome. We also hold occasional online Ask Me Anything sessions, where you can ask questions about upcoming workshops.
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Recordings of Past Sessions
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.”
Below are recordings from past sessions that you can browse and watch at your convenience.
#HFGather: A Monday Meditation for NaNoWriMo +
Laurie Calkhoven helped us kick off NaNoWriMo (or any creative project!) with a Monday Meditation #HFGather. She led a 10-minute meditation, followed that with a visualization, and then provided a writing prompt. We've already heard from some attendees: "That was...
#HFGather: In Conversation to Celebrate and Amplify Latinx Voices in the KidLit Community
Quick Clips from the #HFGather Panelists on language as part of...
#HFGather: Dear Highlights: What Adults Can Learn from 75 Years of Letters and Conversations with Kids
Quick Clips from the #HFGather ...
#HFGather: How Stories Can Create Impact and Empowerment for Kids
At our latest virtual #HFGather, we had a great conversation about impact and empowerment for kids. Our friends at the Rise-Home Stories Project shared about how they used a community-based approach to bring a story together. We welcomed moderator Luisa Dantas...
#HFGather: Muslim Storytellers Fellowship
We were pleased to welcome the fellowship programming committee for our Muslim Storytellers Fellowship to our latest #HFGather. The committee members are Muslim authors at various points in their journey of creating for children and teens, including S.K. Ali, Jamilah...
#HFGather Writer Chat: Sarah Aronson and Jasmine Warga on Writing Craft and Practice
At our most recent #HFGather, host Sarah Aronson chatted with author Jasmine Warga (jasminewarga.com) about her writing craft and practice: One thing Jasmine took away from living in the pandemic time: "How to write in the crevices of the rest of my life." Working on...
#HFGather with Daria Peoples, Our 2021 Artist of the Year
At our most recent #HFGather, Pat Cummings chatted with author/illustrator and HF Diversity Fellow Daria Peoples. The two shared a powerful, honest discussion about art, race, mentorship and more. The Gather was also a celebration of Daria as our 2021 Artist of the...
Next #HFGather: Pat Cummings in conversation with Daria Peoples
We're excited to share that our next #HFGather will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm. Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow Daria Peoples will be talking with author/illustrator Pat Cummings about her art process, inspiration and mentorship. They will also be...
#HFGather: Claribel Ortega on Immersive Book Launches and Virtual Visits
Claibel Ortega (claribelortega.com) joined us for a lively discussion about putting on immersive virtual visits, whether they be author events or school visits. Some suggestions: Design eye-catching graphics to share on social media to promote your event Find co-hosts...
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