Programs

I, Too Arts Presents: Black Women Writers Retreat 2020

September 17 - 20, 2020

In partnership with New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson, and the founding members of the I, Too Arts Collective, this workshop, and the named I, Too Arts scholarship are a celebration of the work of the Collective, and the preservation of dedicated space and time for Black women writers to create and perfect their craft.i-too-logo

Join Us To:

Gather with celebrated authors Renée Watson, Tracey Baptiste, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Nikki Grimes, Shadra Strickland, and special guests Edith Campbell and Cheryl Hudson, to talk as Black women in the field of creating stories for children and teens. Spend time each day on your own projects, with the addition of roundtable chats and lectures.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Lecture topics include: Writing and Illustrating for Black Children; Maintaining Longevity in the Industry; The Business of Writing and Illustrating: the Market, Promotion, and Publisher Relationships; and more.
  • Attend panel discussions with authors and publishing professionals.
  • Participate in roundtable discussions to exchange ideas.
  • Bring questions to ask in community about story, experiences, and career goals.
  • Take time to reflect, create, connect, and experiment.

Scholarships Available

Thanks to generous support from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, U.S.A, and other publishing partners, we are able to offer a special rate for this program. Additional scholarship support can be found through the I, Too Arts scholarship and our General Scholarships.

Agenda

Day 1
Afternoon
Arrive and check in

Evening
Appetizers and dinner
After dinner: Introductions and Welcome

Day 2
Morning
Yoga in the Loft in the Barn (optional)
Breakfast
Lecture #1
Roundtable chat #1

Afternoon
Lunch
Writing/Retreat Time for Independent Projects

Evening
Appetizers and dinner
After dinner: Fireside chat and book signing

Day 3
Morning
Breakfast
Lecture #2
Roundtable chat #2

Afternoon
Lunch
Panel: The Business of Publishing, with Q&A from host and attendees
Writing/Retreat Time for Independent Projects

Evening
Appetizers and dinner
After dinner: Fireside Open Mic Reading

Day 4
Morning
Breakfast
Lecture #3
Roundtable chat #3 + Sharing Goals and Lessons from the weekend

Afternoon
Lunch and farewells

A Note About Highlights Workshop Agendas

Faculty

Renée Watson

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury,…
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Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste is the New York Times bestselling author of Minecraft: The Crash, as well as the creepy Caribbean series…
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Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero, a Notable Book for a Global Society and Notable Social Studies…
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Shadra Strickland

Shadra Strickland is an award-winning illustrator. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award…
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Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes, New York Times bestselling author, is the recipient of the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia…
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Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell is an assistant Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith currently serves as…
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Cheryl Willis Hudson

Cheryl Willis Hudson is editorial director of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publishing company that focuses on Black interest…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $699.00

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 Thursday, September 17 and ends with lunch on Sunday, September 20.

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