Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature: Novelists and Publishing Professionals

March 15 - 18, 2019


Beyond the Holocaust & Holidays: Who Are We & What Are We Writing?
Designed for established and emerging Jewish novelists and publishing professionals, as we explore writing for and about Jewish children and young adults.

What stories do today’s children need from Jewish book creators and about Jewish people? What stories speak to our varied experiences? And how can we diversify the existing body of Jewish children’s literature?

Join Katherine Locke, Adam Gidwitz, Rena Rossner, Susan Kusel, Rebecca Kuss, Jocelyn Davies, Shirley Idelson and Linda Epstein as we explore where Jewish novelists fit in the business of writing for children and teens.


Katherine Locke

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia where they’re ruled by their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes.…
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Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the Newbery Honor winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, the best-seller A Tale Dark AND Grimm…
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Rena Rossner

Rena is the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program,…
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Jocelyn Davies

Jocelyn Davies is a children’s book editor in New York City, where she was born and raised. She studied English…
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Susan Kusel

Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, the children’s book buyer and selector for…
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Rebecca Kuss

Rebecca Kuss first realized the power of words as a kid, when her friends would pay her to write Hanson…
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Linda Epstein

Linda Epstein is an agent at Emerald City Literary. She represents picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and…
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Shirley Idelson

Rabbi Shirley Idelson serves as Senior Advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), where she is helps bring new, excellent…
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Ruth Horowitz

Ruth Horowitz’s six books for young children include picture books Are We Still Friends?, which PJ Library reissued as a…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $999.00

All-inclusive means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging and all meals.

workshop information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 15, with an optional tour of Highlights magazine and Boyds Mill Press, and ends on Monday, March 18, with lunch.