In-Community Programs and Fellowships

Through partnerships, grants, and our Essential Conversations Series, the Highlights Foundation offers several in-community program options for children’s authors and illustrators.

Fellowships and Programs

Muslim Storytellers Gathered in the Barn

Muslim Storyteller’s Fellowship

The Muslim Storytellers Fellowship is an initiative made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s (DDFIA) Building Bridges Program . The mission of the Building Bridges Program is to support national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities.

Learn more about it.

Amplify Black Stories Video Screen Shot

Amplify Black Stories

In partnership with the Highlights Foundation, The Brown Bookshelf presented a year-long program in 2021 set to amplify Black stories, with a focus on supporting Black storytellers while confronting industry challenges and fostering change.

Learn more about the program.

2019-20 diversity fellowship

Diversity Fellowship

The Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature was a 24-month professional development and mentorship program for authors or illustrators actively pursuing publication within the children’s publishing industry.

Learn more about the program.

PJ Library summer camp group.

Programs for Jewish Creatives

In partnership with the Highlights Foundation, The PJ Library offers scholarships and programs for Jewish writers and illustrators.

Learn more about the program.

In-Community Workshops and Retreats

We also host in community retreats and workshops through our Essential Conversations series.  Learn more about upcoming options.

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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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.

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