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Go Back and Get It: Antiracism and Liberatory Practices for Children’s Literature

October 7 - 10, 2021

TYPE & LENGTH:

A four day, in-person retreat (October 7-10) at our Retreat Center with:

  • Opportunities for lecture, panels, collaboration, and expression
  • In-community experience for Indigenous, Black, Asian, Latinx, and Creators of Color
  • The retreat experience allows for time to work, recharge, and rest in your accommodations, paired with the facilitated program. (Detailed agenda below.)

PARTICIPANT CAP:

25

WHY THIS WORKSHOP?

Go Back and Get It! will send you on a personal, familial, community, and industry journey through children’s literature; recognizing who you are at the center of it all, inspiring confidence in your voice and illuminating your unique way of storytelling.

BIPOC communities in US youth literature have always created ways to exist on their own terms; cultivating spaces through longstanding practices of writers, researchers, librarians and illustrators. These workers produce knowledge that nurture a continued presence while demanding room for growth.

This program is grounded in the use of text, illustration, and performance as practices of liberation, to provide participants with the opportunity to interact with youth literature past, present, and future. Through a combination of panels and individual workshopping, we will examine how Indigenous and creators of color have produced their own sets of knowledge and aesthetics for youth literature while considering how to hone in on the communities, voices, characters and worlds, all while bringing to the page dignity, creativity, and joy.

Recommended Reading:

The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How To Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez

Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew Salesses

IT’S A GREAT FIT IF:

  • You are a new, newer writer or illustrator of youth-centered stories.
  • You want to learn more about the legacies of writers, researchers, librarians and illustrators who have created and studied youth literature.
  • You want to meet and engage with fellow creatives.
  • You enjoy a retreat experience. Savor time together, and ample time to work and create on your own.
Go Back and Get It

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

Pre-workshop: You will receive a link to our virtual platform where you can introduce yourself to fellow creatives, engage in Highlights Foundation related resources, keep up to date on the schedule of this course, and view submission details related to this course.

There is a brief narrative application associated with this registration where you can offer your bio, hopes for taking this course, and recent reads.

Thursday, October 7
Afternoon

  • Arrival by 5pm Eastern

Evening

  • Appetizers & Dinner
  • After dinner: Opening Presentation

Friday, October 8
Morning

  • Breakfast
  • Today: Go Back & Get It!
  • Zoom presentation/panel/in-conversation

Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Time to create, or informal gathering
  • In-person lecture

Evening

  • Appetizers & Dinner
  • Time to create, or informal gathering

Saturday, October 9
Morning

  • Breakfast
  • Today: Go Forward & Bring It!
  • Zoom presentation/panel/in-conversation

Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Time to create, or informal gathering
  • In-person lecture

Evening

  • Appetizers & Dinner
  • Time to create, or informal gathering

Sunday, October 10
Morning

  • Breakfast
  • Creative Exercise (writing mini-lecture & prompt with sharing)
  • Final Q & A, Discoveries

Afternoon

  • Lunch & Departures

 

*If you are looking for an online experience connected to this program, we are working to find ways to share lectures from this program virtually. Please stay tuned for more information.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:

Scholarships are available for this workshop–the application deadline is August 14 2021. Click here to apply!
For more information about scholarships, click here.

RELATED RESOURCES:

Decolonizing Creative Writing: 6 Guidelines for Teachers, Freelance Editors, and Book Coaches Committed to Equity

HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION RESOURCES AND FAQS FOR WORKSHOPS:

FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

“Every single person built community and was humble regardless of their status. It made room for every journey and helped us build confidence and take risks.”

“Loved the energy of the group, the physical space we were in (grounds were beautiful) The curriculum was excellent and action focused.”

“I learned so much from the team of experts that led this workshop. It was a life changing experience and I’m looking forward to the next workshop in this series of Essential conversations.”

Faculty

Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell is an Associate Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. She is a founding…
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Marilisa Jiménez Garcia

Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the intersections of race,…
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$699.00

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks..

Free shuttle is service available from the local airport, train, and bus station, or you can park on site. Get more logistics information here.

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