Children’s Publishing Industry Professionals Retreat 2020 Postponed (May 3-6, 2020)

January 1 - 3, 2020

Join Us To:

Editors! Agents! Art Directors! Librarians! Reviewers! Booksellers! Professors! You know who you are! If you are a working professional in the children’s publishing industry, this retreat is for you. Join us for a loosely structured retreat where we will all share two traits:

  • We work in the field of children’s publishing.
  • We want to work on our own art and/or writing for children.

Spend three uninterrupted days on your own projects, then gather over meals with new friends from the publishing industry. Opportunities for peer critiques, writing exercises, and free-style art-play, too!

What You’ll Learn:

At this retreat you can expect to:

  • Work on self-directed projects.
  • Gather for delicious farm-to-table meals.
  • Find community within the children’s book field.
  • Enjoy informal chats at the fireplace, in the Art Coop, and on the trails.

Attend If:

  • You work in the children’s book industry. This retreat is a place to connect in community.
  • You identify as a writer or illustrator for children. This retreat is open to ALL kidlit professionals who also create for children.


  • Self-guided scheduling for your own projects
  • Exploring the beautiful woods around our shared meeting space
  • Sharing meals and unlimited snacks
  • Gather at informal evening activities


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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Kathleen Merz

Kathleen Merz is the Acquisitions & Managing Editor at Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. She has worked on a number…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $447.00

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.

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workshop information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, May 3 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, May 6.