at the Highlights Foundation
No two online courses at the Highlights Foundation are ever the same, but they all have one goal: to help you craft stories that inspire kids.
We offer online learning in several formats, across genres and topics. Learn more about the types of courses available, and then find one that fits your goals.
Please note: New online courses are added to the schedule frequently. Join our mailing list for the most up to date schedule additions (plus resources and more).
Short and lecture-based with dynamic topics and lots of information. Learn more and see courses.
In-depth, with faculty and community interaction. Learn more and see available workshops.
Why Online Learning at the Highlights Foundation?
We held our first-ever online course at the beginning of 2020, right before the pandemic started. During the pandemic, ALL of our learning shifted online. A year-round schedule of courses and workshops was born.
Now, you’ll find a blend of online and in-person learning available at the Highlights Foundation.
Our in-person programs offer time to gather, network, learn, and retreat on our campus. Our online programs offer dedicated time to focus on learning and craft in the company of faculty and fellow creatives from anywhere you choose.
The common thread? Connection. More specifically, connection to an organization and a community of people who are dedicated to (and believe in) the power of inspiring kids through story. Join us!
“What a great new supportive base of writer friends! I love the positive vibe and the spirit of “let’s do this together” that I found in this class. I have never had a writing community at all before, and I feel like I’ve come home!”
Our mini-courses are Zoom webinar-based, usually with two sessions delivered during one week. Participants do not use video or audio; instead, they tune in to the webinars and can interact with each other and faculty in the Chat.
Recordings are also made available post-course for those who can’t attend live, or want more time with the material.
Find a Mini-Course That Fits Your Needs:
Talk to Me: the Ins and Outs of Dialogue that Drives Plot and Delivers Reader Satisfaction
Starts: February 27, 2024
Picture Book Beginnings and Endings: A Two Night Mini
Starts: March 5, 2024
Creating for Our Youngest Readers: Board, Novelty, and Concept Books
Starts: March 18, 2024
Giggles and Laughs: Connecting with Humor in Picture Books, Early Readers, and Chapter Books
Starts: March 18, 2024
Multiple Narrator Novels: A Two Night Mini
Starts: March 19, 2024
Writing About Mental Health for MG and YA Readers: A Two-Night Mini
Starts: April 2, 2024
Breaks, Blank Space, and Gaps: Poetic Gutters in Novels in Verse and Poetry
Starts: April 11, 2024
Emotions in Nonfiction Picture Books: A Two-Night Mini
Starts: April 16, 2024
Our online workshops are also Zoom-based, but offer more depth and live interaction than our mini-courses. These vary in length, format, and schedule, but generally include more customized instruction, a lot of interaction in an online classroom and over Zoom, and some level of 1:1 feedback, consultation, and/or group workshopping.
Lectures are also recorded for those who can’t attend some sessions live, or want more time with the material.
“…This was a terrific experience: individual conferencing, small group feedback, chat sessions, office hours, breakout sessions, and keynotes were all included! Marvelous!”
“When I enrolled, I had been concerned about being able to get the full “workshop feeling” since the course was offered online rather than in person. My concerns were for naught. I felt that we made a good community even though we were not in the same room together! The presentations were thoughtful and thought-provoking. I appreciated the mix of craft and the nuts and bolts of publishing that instructors…and guests shared with us. Discussions were substantive and fruitful. We did some powerful writing exercises together. The critiques of the writing samples we submitted were productive, direct, and kind. It is an art to give honest feedback without taking the air out of a writer! It was done so very well. I even met some nice people, remotely of course, but we set up a writing group that carried on long after the workshop was done. I recommend this workshop with enthusiasm!”
Find an Online Workshop That Fits Your Needs:
Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Spring/Summer)
Starts: April 17, 2024
Whole Novel Workshop: A Virtual Course for Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers
Starts: April 25, 2024