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
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
January 15 - May 7, 2020

From Sale to Shelf: The Debut Author’s First Year (Online Only) 2020

Join Us To: Prepare for the publication of your first book with this 16-week online workshop. Hear from publishing professionals,…
Career Building Blocks
Online
Published
The Business of Publishing
January 19 - 22, 2020

Writing Retreat for Jewish Kidlit Authors! 2020

Join Us To: Enjoy a loosely structured four-day winter writing retreat for Jewish authors writing for children and teens. Have…
Creator Self-Care and Development
In-Person
Jan-Feb
Retreat Only
February 3 - June 3, 2020

Getting To Know Your Novel Online Course (Feb-Apr) Plus Onsite Retreat (May 30-June 3) 2020

Join Us To: Deepen your understanding of the pillars of a novel, and apply your knowledge as you workshop your…
Jan-Feb
Novels
Online Plus In-Person
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Writing Craft
March 22 - 25, 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
March 25 - 28, 2020

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

Join Us To: Learn the process of creating funny, emotionally satisfying picture books. Get feedback on two manuscripts: a one-to-one…
Almost ready to submit
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
March 28 - 31, 2020

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

Join Us To: Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Learn how to…
Almost ready to submit
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
Mar-May
Nonfiction
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
April 19 - 22, 2020

Making Magic: Writing and Refining Fantastical and Otherworldly Stories 2020

A special workshop with Anna-Marie McLemore and Nova Ren Suma. Join Us To: Deepen the magic in your middle grade…
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
April 26 - 29, 2020

Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature 2020

This symposium is full, but we are still accepting scholarship applications until Dec 6. Click here to apply. Or click…
Creator Self-Care and Development
Essential Conversations
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
April 30 - May 3, 2020

Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2020

Join Us To: Play in paint, explore collage, and dive into textiles during this hands-on art retreat. Work alongside two…
Creator Self-Care and Development
Idea
Illustration Craft
In-Person
Mar-May
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
May 7 - 10, 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
May 10 - 17, 2020

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction May 2020

Join Us To: Have the entire draft of your fantasy or speculative fiction novel read and critiqued prior to the…
Fiction
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
May 17 - 21, 2020

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck 2020

Join Us To: Explore, revise, and polish your work-in-progress. Learn tools to strengthen your novel, with a focus on character…
In-Person
Mar-May
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Writing Craft
May 26 - 30, 2020

Crafting Successful Author & Illustrator Visits 2020

Join Us To: Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. Learn how to take…
Career Building Blocks
Creator Self-Care and Development
Expanding Careers or Genres
In-Person
Mar-May
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
The Business of Publishing
June 3 - 7, 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
June 11 - 14, 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
Mar-May
Novels
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
June 14 - 17, 2020

Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers 2020

Join Us To: Understand the unique needs of books for children who are beginning to read independently, and discover what…
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
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
June 17 - 20, 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
June 20 - 23, 2020

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2020

Join Us To: Dig deep to dissect and understand current picture book bestsellers to find the best way to tell…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
June 23 - 27, 2020

Writing for the Educational Market 2020

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
In-Person
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
July 6 - 9, 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
July 10 - 15, 2020

Summer Camp In Writing Fiction for Children & Teens 2020

Join Us To: Get daily feedback from your faculty mentor on manuscripts, ideas, and revisions. Hear daily faculty keynotes for…
Fiction
Idea
In-Person
June-Aug
Picture Books
Revising
Summer Camp Comprehensives
Working on a draft
July 15 - 19, 2020

Summer Camp In Writing Nonfiction for Children & Teens 2020

Join Us To: Get daily feedback from your faculty mentor on manuscripts, ideas, and revisions. Explore factual writing through a…
Almost ready to submit
Creator Self-Care and Development
Idea
Illustration Craft
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Nonfiction
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
Summer Camp Comprehensives
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
July 19 - 22, 2020

Summer Camp Intensive in Illustration 2020

Join Us To: Immerse yourself in illustration techniques. Gain tools for storytelling. Explore the children's book market with authors, illustrators,…
Almost ready to submit
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Creator Self-Care and Development
Idea
Illustration Craft
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Summer Camp Comprehensives
Working on a draft
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 9 - 13, 2020

Revision Retreat Online Course (June-July) Plus Onsite Retreat (Aug 9-13) 2020

Join Us To: Learn revision strategies to help you find problems in your picture book, chapter book, novel, or narrative…
Career Building Blocks
Chapter Books and Early Readers
Creator Self-Care and Development
Fiction
June-Aug
Nonfiction
Novels
Online Plus In-Person
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Specialty or Other
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 9 - 12, 2020

Power-Up Poetry: Making Connections with Poetry Collections 2020

Join Us To: Get feedback to improve the structure and marketability of your full-length poetry manuscript. Receive one-to-one critique from…
Career Building Blocks
In-Person
June-Aug
Poetry
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 13 - 16, 2020

The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms 2020

Join Us To: Find out what it takes to become a successful picture book author. Study the craft of writing…
Almost ready to submit
Career Building Blocks
Expanding Careers or Genres
Idea
In-Person
June-Aug
Just Getting Started
Picture Books
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Revising
The Business of Publishing
Working on a draft
Writing Craft
August 16 - 22, 2020

The Whole Novel Workshop 2020

Join Us To: Have the entire draft of your novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop. Have one-to-one meetings…
Expanding Careers or Genres
Fiction
In-Person
June-Aug
Novels
Pre-Published Author or Illustrator
Published
Revising
Writing Craft
August 27 - 30, 2020

Master Class in Illustration 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
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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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
Idea
In-Person
Just Getting Started
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