Programs


Flexible Dates

Unworkshop 2020

Imagine your own private retreat in a picturesque setting – currently just $149/day! We believe all writers and artists can…
Unworkshop
July 1 - December 31, 2020

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck: An On Demand Online Workshop

Online Course Info: Whether you’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground, you’re…
Novels
Online
Online On Demand
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
July 8, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Meditations for Writers & Illustrators: An On Demand Course

Online Course Info: This is an "on demand" course consisting of 12 pre-recorded, guided meditations and a 12-page meditation guide.…
All genres
Creator Self-Care and Development
Online
Online On Demand
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
August 10 - 31, 2020

Monday Meditations (Four Weekly Sessions Online) with Laurie Calkhoven August 2020

Join Laurie Calkhoven weekly for a four week package of Monday Meditations via Zoom. If you're unable for any reason…
Online
Online Webinar Package
August 16 - 22, 2020

The Whole Novel Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
June-Aug
Novels
Online
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Waitlisted
Writing Craft
August 20 - 24, 2020

Unworkshop August 20 – 24, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have…
In-Person
Unworkshop
August 30 - September 2, 2020

Developing a Series in Chapter Books Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Just Getting Started
Online
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Sept-Nov
The Business of Publishing
Waitlisted
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
September 10 - 14, 2020

Unworkshop September 10 – 14, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have…
In-Person
Unworkshop
September 11 - 13, 2020

Picture Books: Inspiration and Perspiration Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Workshop Info: Spend…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Illustration Craft
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Online
Picture Books
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Sept-Nov
Waitlisted
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
September 15 - October 15, 2020

Latinx Writers: A Virtual Symposium 2020

Online Symposium Info: This virtual workshop, an entry in our "Essential Conversations" series, is an in-community intensive experience for Latinx…
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
Just Getting Started
Kidlit Professional
Nonfiction
Novels
Online
Picture Books
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Sept-Nov
Specialty or Other
Working on a draft
September 16 - October 21, 2020

Exploring Limitations and Liberations of Writing Novels in Verse and Novels in Vignettes Online Course 2020

Online Course Info: This is a six-week online workshop that features weekly Wednesday afternoon “live” lectures, discussions, writing exercises, pre-recorded…
Career Building Blocks
Novels
Online
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
September 21 - 24, 2020

Online Master Class with Patricia Lee Gauch: Feelings 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
Novels
Online
Sept-Nov
Waitlisted
Writing Craft
September 24 - November 12, 2020

So You Want to be an Author/Illustrator? Online Course Sept-Nov 2020

Online Course Info: This is an eight-week online, hands-on workshop featuring: Live Zoom sessions with faculty for lessons and assignment…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Illustration Craft
Just Getting Started
Online
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Writing Craft
September 24 - 28, 2020

Unworkshop September 24 – 28, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have…
In-Person
Unworkshop
October 1 - 5, 2020

Unworkshop October 1 – 5, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have…
In-Person
Unworkshop
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 5 - 8, 2020

Poetry Intensive for Published Writers: Find Your Muse in the Woods 2020

Join Us To: Find ways to grow your craft, sharpen your voice, and expand your poetic and creative boundaries. Participate…
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Poetry
Published
Retreat Only
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 15 - 18, 2020

Disrupting Youth Literature Symposium 2020

Join Us To: Build on your understanding of youth literature as you pursue equity in your communities, classrooms, and on…
Essential Conversations
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Kidlit Professional
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
October 18 - 22, 2020

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2020

Join Us To: Immerse yourself in writing poetry and working on your craft. Share your passion for poetry with peers…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
October 22 - 25, 2020

A Working Poets Retreat 2020

Join Us To: Enjoy a working poet’s retreat in the woods. Have the time and space to focus on your…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Idea
In-Person
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Retreat Only
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
October 22 - 25, 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
October 25 - 31, 2020

Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Join Us To: Move…
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Waitlisted
Writing Craft
Writing Intensive
October 28 - November 25, 2020

Creating an Image System That Works for Your Verse Novel Online Course + Optional Onsite Retreat 2020

Online Course: October 28-November 25, 2020 Optional Onsite Retreat: December 3-6, 2020. Register here. Join Us To: Learn how to…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Novels
Online
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
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
Fiction
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
November 5 - 8, 2020

Plot Like a Film: Screenwriting Techniques That Serve Your Story 2020

Join Us To: Discover how you can strengthen your plot by using the techniques perfected by screenwriters. Build a high-concept story.…
Career Building Blocks
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
November 8 - 11, 2020

Creating Nonfiction Picture Books for Children in a Changing World 2020

Join Us To: Study the craft of creating picture books that resonate with the real world of today's children. Learn…
Almost ready to submit
Essential Conversations
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
April 22 - 25, 2021

Making Magic: Writing and Refining Fantastical and Otherworldly Stories 2021

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. A special workshop with…
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
June 23 - 27, 2021

Writing for the Educational Market 2021

Join Us To: Understand the guidelines for submitting to educational publishers. Learn techniques for meeting specs, leveling text, and producing…
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Specialty or Other
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft