Programs


Flexible Dates

Unworkshop 2019

Imagine your own private retreat in a picturesque setting – currently just $149/day! We believe all writers and artists can…
Unworkshop
April 28 - May 2, 2019

Crafting Successful Author & Illustrator Visits 2019

Overview Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits are a powerful way…
Publishing
May 2 - 5, 2019

Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2019

Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for everyone. NO previous art experience required!…
For Illustrators
Picture Books
May 5 - 11, 2019

The Whole Novel Workshop May 2019

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Focused attention in an intimate setting makes this mentorship program one…
Novels
May 12 - 19, 2019

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction May 2019

Designed for anyone with a complete or near-complete draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in fantasy or…
Novels
May 19 - 24, 2019

Filling the Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and Revision 2019

In this workshop, renowned editor and consultant Emma D. Dryden will guide participants through proven techniques for editing and revising…
Writing Intensive
May 30 - June 2, 2019

Crafting a Picture Book Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Breakthrough 2019

Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for submission. Whether you are working on…
For Illustrators
Picture Books
June 6 - 9, 2019

Anti-heroes and Villains: Crafting Flawed Characters We Love to Hate 2019

Overview Create deep veins of backstory and characterization to shape villains and anti-heroes in middle grade and young adult novels.…
June 9 - 13, 2019

Nuts & Bolts of Science Writing 2019

Energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction writing that shines the light on exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)…
Fiction
Nonfiction
June 14 - 16, 2019

Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium 2019

Overview Building cultural competency is an important first step in expanding the diversity of books and readers. Allies in the…
Essential Conversations
Publishing
June 17 - 20, 2019

Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers 2019

Gain understanding of the unique needs of books for children transitioning to independent readers.
Fiction
Nonfiction
June 20 - 23, 2019

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2019

Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers. Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories…
For Illustrators
Picture Books
June 23 - 27, 2019

Writing for the Educational Market 2019

Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational…
Fiction
Nonfiction
June 27 - 30, 2019

Native Creators’ Summer Retreat 2019

A retreat for Native American book creators writing for and about children.
Essential Conversations
Writing Intensive
June 30 - July 2, 2019

From the Outside in: Writing Outside Your Own Experiences for Books for Children and Teens

Overview Learn meaningful ways to form diverse characters and worlds, avoid harmful stereotypes, and create responsible narratives for children and…
Essential Conversations
Fiction
Novels
July 7 - 12, 2019

Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2019

Keynotes, workshops and a creative mentor to provide one-on-one support: our Summer Camp is for any writer or illustrator who…
Novels
Picture Books
July 13 - 17, 2019

Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2019

Nonfiction matters! Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real…
Nonfiction
July 17 - 20, 2019

Illustration Intensive 2019

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and…
For Illustrators
July 31 - August 4, 2019

Revision Retreat 2019

All writers need to revise, wherever they are on their journey: this workshop will show you how and give you…
Nonfiction
Novels
Picture Books
Writing Intensive
August 1 - 4, 2019

Your Guide to Graphic Novels 2019

Have an idea for a graphic novel or comic book? Join us to learn about the narrative style of this…
Fiction
For Illustrators
Novels
August 4 - 7, 2019

The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms 2019

The word count may be short, but the work is long. Let three celebrated picture book authors help you navigate…
For Illustrators
Picture Books
August 8 - 11, 2019

Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2019

Get feedback on your novel AND guidance about your writing career from two experienced authors with great teaching and editing…
Fiction
Novels
Publishing
August 11 - 17, 2019

The Whole Novel Workshop August 2019

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Focused attention in an intimate setting makes this mentorship program one…
Novels
August 17 - 24, 2019

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2019

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven…
Writing Intensive
September 13 - 15, 2019

Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature 2019-2020

Overview The Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature is a 24-month professional development and mentorship program for People of Color and…
Essential Conversations
September 19 - 22, 2019

Writing for Illustrators: An Author/Illustrator Intensive 2019

Join celebrated author/illustrators Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Lori Nichols, and Jessixa Bagley to grow as a writer while honoring your illustration…
For Illustrators
Picture Books
September 22 - 25, 2019

Nurturing Your Artistic Voice: A Guide for Kidlit Rebels and Risk-takers 2019

Illustrator Carolyn Flores and author Meg Medina will lead participants in an exploration of identity, creativity, and publishing to help…
Character & Voice
September 23 - November 10, 2019

Getting To Know Your Rhyming Picture Book Online Course (Sept 23-Oct 21) Plus Onsite Retreat (Nov 7-10) 2019

Overview Give your picture book the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with…
Picture Books
September 25 - 29, 2019

Taking Your Writing & Art to New Places: Published Authors and Illustrators at Work 2019

You’ve launched your career – now what? Discuss, dissect, collaborate, and grow. As published writers and illustrators, how do we…
Fiction
For Illustrators
Writing Intensive
October 2 - 5, 2019

Writing Picture Book Biographies 2019

Overview Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. A good biography fuels a…
Nonfiction
October 10 - 13, 2019

Writing for All Young Readers: Board Books through MG Series 2019

This workshop is for anyone looking for ways to break in or expand upon a career in writing for children,…
Publishing
October 13 - 17, 2019

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2019

Overview If you have a passion for writing children’s poetry, then please join us. Beginning poets, seasoned writers, teachers, and…
Poetry
October 17 - 20, 2019

Storytelling Through Drawing: Discovering Your Visual Voice and Style 2019

Overview Explore the elements of storytelling through drawing, experimentation, and problem solving with picture making materials. Craft your own artistic…
For Illustrators
Picture Books
October 17 - 20, 2019

A Working Poets Retreat 2019

Overview Join poets Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard for a working poet’s retreat in the woods. Less structured than…
Poetry
October 20 - 23, 2019

Building Sweet & Sophisticated Contemporary Stories for Teens 2019

Overview Memorable characters, loads of heart, and a healthy dollop of humor are the recipe for some of the most…
Fiction
Novels
Writing Intensive
October 20 - 27, 2019

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction October 2019

Designed for anyone with a complete or near-complete draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in fantasy or…
Novels
October 24 - 27, 2019

Unlocking Your Story: Forms and Genres, A Mashup 2019

Is your work-in-progress begging to break free? Find the form that best fits the story you hope to tell. Join…
Fiction
Nonfiction
Writing Intensive
October 27 - 30, 2019

Writing the Rainbow: Crafting Picture Books With LGBTQ+ Themes 2019

Overview Picture books bring the world into the hands of young readers. The world we would like them to see…
Essential Conversations
Picture Books
Publishing
October 31 - November 3, 2019

Jump-Start Your Creativity! Idea Generator for Novelists 2019

Overview Join YA author AC Gaughen for a madcap retreat that will jump-start new ideas, unlock your creativity, and leave…
Fiction
Novels
November 7 - 10, 2019

Master Class with Patti Gauch: The Search for Voice, the Next Step! 2019

Overview Voice is the novel’s storyteller, the inroad to character, the guide to the narrative, the road inward as well…
Novels
Writing Intensive
November 10 - 14, 2019

Intensive Nonfiction Picture Book Retreat 2019

This intensive nonfiction picture book retreat is open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Join Carolyn Yoder, senior…
Nonfiction
Picture Books