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
January 1 - July 31, 2020

#HFGather: Free Online Sessions

Join us for craft and community at #HFGather, free online sessions to keep us connected! Please register individually for each…
HF Gather
Online
May 28 - June 4, 2020

Marketing-Mini Online Course: A Two-Pack Bundle 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
All genres
Career Building Blocks
Online
The Business of Publishing
Waitlisted
June 1 - 22, 2020

Monday Meditations (Four Weekly Sessions Online) with Laurie Calkhoven

Join Laurie Calkhoven weekly for a four week package of Monday Meditations via Zoom. If you're unable for any reason to…
Online
Online Webinar Package
June 4 - July 30, 2020

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

Online Course Info: This is an eight-week online, hands-on workshop featuring: LIVE sessions with faculty for lessons and assignment check-ins…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Illustration Craft
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Online
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
June 4 - 25, 2020

Getting to Know Your Character Online Course 2020

Online Course Info: This is a four-week online course featuring LIVE sessions with faculty, writing exercises, a community forum, a…
June-Aug
Novels
Online
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
June 9 - August 13, 2020

Revision Retreat Online Course Jun 9 – Aug 13, 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Creator Self-Care and Development
Fiction
June-Aug
Nonfiction
Novels
Online
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Specialty or Other
Waitlisted
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
June 11 - 15, 2020

PB&J: Picture Books & All That Jazz June 11-15, 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Online
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Waitlisted
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
June 14 - 17, 2020

Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Online Course Info: This…
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Online
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
The Business of Publishing
Waitlisted
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
July 5 - 10, 2020

Online Summer Camp In Writing Fiction for Children & Teens 2020

Join Us Online We've reinvented our Summer Camp as an online experience, with five whole days of intensive instruction, mentorship,…
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Creator Self-Care and Development
Fiction
Idea
June-Aug
Novels
Online
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Summer Camp Comprehensives
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
July 11 - 15, 2020

Online Summer Camp In Writing Nonfiction for Children & Teens 2020

Join Us Online We've reinvented our Summer Camp as an online experience, with four whole days of intensive instruction, mentorship,…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Idea
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Online
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Summer Camp Comprehensives
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
July 16 - 20, 2020

Online Summer Camp Intensive in Illustration 2020

Join Us Online We've reinvented our Illustration Summer Camp as an online experience, with four whole days of faculty demonstrations,…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Idea
Illustration Craft
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Online
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Summer Camp Comprehensives
Working on a draft
July 26 - 29, 2020

Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart: A Working Retreat 2020

Join Us To: Learn the process of creating funny and/or emotionally satisfying picture books. Get feedback on two manuscripts: a…
Almost ready to submit
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
August 5 - 9, 2020

Science and Nature Writing for Kids & Teens 2020

Join Us To: Study the craft of writing powerful books and articles about science and nature for young readers. Learn…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
Idea
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Specialty or Other
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 16 - 22, 2020

The Whole Novel Online Workshop 2020

The Whole Novel Workshop is going online! We'll be posting more details soon--but you can expect lots of one-to-one connections,…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
June-Aug
Novels
Online
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Writing Craft
August 22 - 25, 2020

Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Narrative Nonfiction 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Other nonfiction workshops to…
Almost ready to submit
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
Mar-May
Nonfiction
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Waitlisted
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 27 - 30, 2020

Master Class in Illustration: Narrative Picture-Making 2020

Join Us To: Explore the elements of storytelling through drawing, experimentation, and problem solving with picture making materials. Craft your…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Illustration Craft
In-Person
June-Aug
Picture Books
Revising
August 30 - September 2, 2020

Developing a Series in Chapter Books 2020

Join Us To: Discover how to craft a chapter book series that stands out and sells well. Learn how to…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
September 10 - 13, 2020

Picture Books: Inspiration and Perspiration 2020

Join Us To: Take a look at what it means, holistically, to be a picture book creator. Open up what…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Illustration Craft
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Picture Books
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
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 16 - October 21, 2020

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Writing Novels in Verse and Novels in Vignettes Online Course + Optional Onsite Retreat 2020

Online Course: September 16-October 21, 2020 Optional Onsite Retreat: December 3-6, 2020. Register here. Join Us To: Explore the challenges…
Career Building Blocks
Novels
Online
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
September 17 - 20, 2020

I, Too Arts Presents: Black Women Writers Retreat 2020

In partnership with New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson, and the founding members of the I, Too Arts Collective,…
All genres
Creator Self-Care and Development
Essential Conversations
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Kidlit Professional
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Sept-Nov
Writing Intensive
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 21 - 24, 2020

Master Class with Patricia Lee Gauch: Feelings 2020

Join Us To: Capture “feelings” in novels to grow the inner story and achieve the most powerful, emotionally driven climax.…
In-Person
Novels
Sept-Nov
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 2 - 5, 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
Novels
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
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 11 - 14, 2020

Nonfiction Writers Unworkshop with Deborah Heiligman 2020

Join Us To: Enjoy a loosely structured nonfiction writers' retreat with author Deborah Heiligman. Spend three uninterrupted days on your…
Creator Self-Care and Development
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Sept-Nov
Unworkshop
Working on a draft
Writing Intensive
October 15 - 18, 2020

Writing for Illustrators: An Author/Illustrator Intensive 2020

Join Us To: Grow as a writer while honoring your illustration background. Discover the interplay of words and pictures. Work…
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Illustration Craft
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Sept-Nov
Working on a draft
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

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 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 - 28, 2020

How to Create Concept Books for Children 2020

Join Us To: Study the craft of writing concept books: working with the patterns you create and the language you…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
Illustration Craft
In-Person
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Sept-Nov
Specialty or Other
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
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

Gather: A Community Retreat for Published Authors and Illustrators 2020

Join Us To: Brainstorm how you can cultivate creativity when you've been working in the industry for a long time.…
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
Illustration Craft
In-Person
June-Aug
Published
Writing Intensive
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
November 15 - 18, 2020

Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. Or please consider joining…
Creator Self-Care and Development
Essential Conversations
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Waitlisted
November 18 - 21, 2020

Writing Retreat for Jewish Kidlit Authors (Fall) 2020

Join Us To: Enjoy a loosely structured three-day winter writing retreat for Jewish authors writing for children and teens. Have…
Creator Self-Care and Development
In-Person
Retreat Only
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