Summer Camp In Writing Fiction for Children & Teens 2020

July 10 - 15, 2020

Join Us To:

Get daily feedback from your faculty mentor on manuscripts, ideas, and revisions. Hear daily faculty keynotes for learning and encouragement. Receive guidance on the submission process, including query-writing basics and overviews of the current children’s book market. Attend hands-on breakout sessions on topics of your choosing. Devote time to working on your craft.

What You’ll Learn:

We envision summer camp a bit differently than just s’mores by the campfire and hiking in the woods (although those adventures are always on our schedule, too). To us, summer camp is a time to find the kind of encouragement for your writing that only a generous mentor can provide. Our camp offers someone to guide you through the long process of publication and a place to work one-to-one on fine-tuning your words and mastering your pitches. You will:

  • Hear morning inspirational and educational keynotes by our celebrated faculty.
  • Learn the basics of writing query letters and submitting manuscripts.
  • Get an overview of the children’s book market.
  • Work one-to-one with your faculty mentor.
  • Do hands-on exercises to help you grow as a writer.
  • Participate in daily break-out sessions in creating rich characters, developing voice, constructing settings, and structuring plot.


Traci Chee

Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader Trilogy and We Are Not Free (HMH, June…
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Melissa Marr

Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the…
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Kwame Mbalia

Kwame is a husband, father, writer, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, Tristan Strong Punches a…
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Laura Sibson

After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not…
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David Bowles

David Bowles is a Mexican-American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley.…
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Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the children’s classic, Heather Has Two…
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Patricia Lee Gauch

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has…
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Alison Green Myers

Special Guest Alison Green Myers wanted to join the circus. She wanted to train tigers. She wanted to jump through…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $1,799.00

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport. Airport pick-up at Newark Airport is also available for $75 round-trip.

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workshop information

Begins with dinner on Friday, July 10 with dinner; ends on Wednesday, July 15 with lunch.