Programs

Picture Books: Inspiration and Perspiration 2020

September 10 - 13, 2020

Join Us To:

Take a look at what it means, holistically, to be a picture book creator. Open up what it means to tell a story. Find out how to inspire your creativity and get your stories flowing. Play! Generate words! Receive a written critique of your picture book manuscript or picture book dummy.

What You’ll Learn:

Before the course begins:

  • Receive a written critique and bring that to the workshop for revision. You’re welcome to bring other projects, too!

Inspiration: In the mornings, feed your creative soul with art and writing play.

  • Complete writing exercises that include word collage and idea brainstorming.
  • Walk in nature to open your eyes and take in the world around you and create no-rules, no revision poetry.

Perspiration: In the afternoons, get to work!

  • Hear craft lectures about how to take your manuscript and turn it on its head, turn it inside out, push it further, and move it to new places.
  • Free writing/illustrating/revising time.

In the evenings:

  • Daily faculty discussions and Q&A synthesizing the day’s work and play.

Attend If:

  • You love writing or illustrating picture books! This course features a faculty writer and illustrator, so creative exercises will have room for both.
  • You’ve been struggling to stay creative and keep finding joy in your craft. Daily nature walks, hands-on exercises and idea brainstorming will give you a fresh look at your manuscripts.
  • You write or illustrate fiction or nonfiction. Our faculty have experience with both and have designed the workshop to be inclusive.
  • You need time to write, illustrate, and create. This workshop has ample time built into the schedule for authors and illustrators to retreat. Afternoons are meant for you to get to work on your individual projects. We want you to move forward on your works-in-progress.

Agenda

Day 1
Afternoon
Arrival and check in

Evening
Appetizers and dinner
After dinner: Welcome and introductions

Day 2
Morning
Breakfast
Nature Walk with Heidi
Poetry exercise: writing with your senses
Art & writing play with Debbie

Afternoon
Lunch
Craft lecture
Free writing/illustrating time

Evening
Appetizers and dinner
After dinner: Open discussion and Q/A

Day 3
Morning
Breakfast
Nature Walk with Heidi
Poetry exercise: writing with your senses
Art & writing play with Debbie

Afternoon
Lunch
Craft lecture
Free writing/illustrating time

Evening
Appetizers and dinner
After dinner: Open discussion and Q/A

Day 4
Morning
Breakfast
Nature Walk with Heidi
Art & writing play with Debbie

Afternoon
Lunch & farewells

A Note About Highlights Workshop Agendas

Resources

Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s website
Inkygirl: Reading, Writing & Illustrating Children’s Books
Heidi Stemple’s website
Get to Know Your Picture Book Before You Start Revising

Testimonials

“I’ve been to many conferences and workshops and I teach a workshop every summer but coming to a Highlights workshop has been on my bucket list for years. It even exceeded my high expectations. Hard to put into words but the whole experience was magical. Being in a nurturing bubble, totally immersed in writing was amazing. No newspapers, no TV, no laundry to do or meals to cook, just writing. And learning from amazing mentors. And talking about writing. And writing some more… Bliss.”

Scholarships Available

Three scholarships are available for this workshop:
Full tuition
Half tuition
Partial tuition
Application deadline is June 22, 2020. Scholarships will be announced July 22, 2020.
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Faculty

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Debbie Ridpath Ohi gave a Getting To Know Your Picture Book workshop at Highlights Foundation in 2018 and had so…
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Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $1,099.00

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.

We offer payment plans as low as $75/month. We'll be in touch with details after you register.

workshop information

Begins with dinner on Thursday, September 10 and ends Sunday, September 13, with lunch

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