Inspiring Workshops for Children's Authors & Illustrators

“The Highlights Foundation launched my writing career… I signed my first book contract shortly after [my first workshop], and within a year, I’d signed eight more contracts. The Highlights Foundation changed my life, and I’m forever thankful.

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Our campus tucked away in the picturesque northeastern Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains.  It’s only a few hours from NYC and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

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#HFGather: A Poetry Chat with Nikki Grimes and Sarah Aronson

#HFGather: A Poetry Chat with Nikki Grimes and Sarah Aronson

#HFGather: Shadra Strickland and Pat Cummings Talk Color, Light and Process

#HFGather: Shadra Strickland and Pat Cummings Talk Color, Light and Process

Podcast: Traci Chee on Magic, Discovery and Mentorship

Podcast: Traci Chee on Magic, Discovery and Mentorship

#HFGather: Sarah Aronson & Heidi Stemple Writer Chat

#HFGather: Sarah Aronson & Heidi Stemple Writer Chat

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book ... deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

"I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it."

"You mean I get to keep this book forever?"

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

"When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do."

OUR MISSION

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.

From Our Community

Our Workshop “Highlights”: A Poem

Our Workshop “Highlights”: A Poem

These are your people, and this is your place

These are your people, and this is your place

From Scholarship to Workshop to Book with Traci Sorell

From Scholarship to Workshop to Book with Traci Sorell

Whole Novel Workshop Alum Wins Manuscript Award

Whole Novel Workshop Alum Wins Manuscript Award

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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