Workshops

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February 3 - June 3, 2020

Getting To Know Your Novel Online Course (Feb-Apr) Plus Onsite Retreat (May 30-June 3) 2020

Join Us To: Deepen your understanding of the pillars of a novel, and apply your knowledge as you workshop your…
Jan-Feb
Novels
Online Plus In-Person
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Writing Craft
April 19 - 22, 2020

Making Magic: Writing and Refining Fantastical and Otherworldly Stories 2020

A special workshop with Anna-Marie McLemore and Nova Ren Suma. Join Us To: Deepen the magic in your middle grade…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
April 26 - 29, 2020

Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature 2020

This symposium is full, but we are still accepting scholarship applications until Dec 6. Click here to apply. Or click…
Creator Self-Care and Development
Essential Conversations
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
May 7 - 10, 2020

From Premise To Pitch: Get Submission Ready With Two Seasoned Agents 2020

Join Us To: Work with two agents in hands-on sessions that will help you prepare your pitch, synopsis, and bio…
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Writing Craft
May 10 - 17, 2020

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction May 2020

Join Us To: Have the entire draft of your fantasy or speculative fiction novel read and critiqued prior to the…
Fiction
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
May 17 - 21, 2020

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck 2020

Join Us To: Explore, revise, and polish your work-in-progress. Learn tools to strengthen your novel, with a focus on character…
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
June 11 - 14, 2020

Novels in Verse: Analyze and Generate 2020

Join Us To: Discover what makes a novel in verse successful. Generate pieces to add to or begin your novel.…
Almost ready to submit
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 9 - 13, 2020

Revision Retreat Online Course (June-July) Plus Onsite Retreat (Aug 9-13) 2020

Join Us To: Learn revision strategies to help you find problems in your picture book, chapter book, novel, or narrative…
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Creator Self-Care and Development
Fiction
June-Aug
Nonfiction
Novels
Online Plus In-Person
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Specialty or Other
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 16 - 22, 2020

The Whole Novel Workshop 2020

Join Us To: Have the entire draft of your novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop. Have one-to-one meetings…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
In-Person
June-Aug
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Writing Craft
September 13 - 16, 2020

Writing the Rainbow: Middle Grade and Young Adult, A Working Symposium 2020

Join Us To: Explore where LGBTQIA+ topics, heroes, characters and experiences fit in the business of writing middle grade and…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Essential Conversations
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Kidlit Professional
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Retreat Only
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
September 20 - 23, 2020

Odyssey Into Writing Middle Grade Science Fiction 2020

Join Us To: Explore, revise and polish your middle grade sci-fi work-in-progress. Learn how to approach the genre for the…
Almost ready to submit
Fiction
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
September 29 - October 2, 2020

LatinX Writers: A Working Symposium 2020

Join Us To: Explore the Latinx experience in children's book writing and publishing: What stories do today’s children need from…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Creator Self-Care and Development
Essential Conversations
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Kidlit Professional
Nonfiction
Novels
Picture Books
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Sept-Nov
Specialty or Other
Working on a draft
October 4 - 11, 2020

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction October 2020

Join Us To: Have the entire draft of your fantasy or speculative fiction novel read and critiqued prior to the…
Fiction
In-Person
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Writing Craft
October 11 - 15, 2020

Filling the Writer’s Toolbox With Editor Emma Dryden 2020

Join Us To: Prepare your manuscript for submission under the guidance of renowned editor Emma Dryden. Learn proven techniques for…
Almost ready to submit
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Novels
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Writing Craft
October 22 - 25, 2020

Crafting a Successful Beginning for Your Novel 2020

Join Us To: Get feedback on up to 50 pages of your novel draft (line comments and an editorial letter.)…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
Idea
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
October 29 - November 1, 2020

Pushing the Limits: Writing Experimental Fiction for YA and Middle Grade Readers 2020

Join Us To: Acquire the confidence and craft knowledge to take your novel from brilliant idea to completed draft, whether…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft