Programs

Writing for All Young Readers: Board Books through MG Series 2018

October 7 - 9, 2018

This workshop is for anyone looking for ways to break in or expand upon a career in writing for children, from board books to middle grade series.

Crystal Allen, Kelly Starling Lyons, Kristy Dempsey, and Gwendolyn Hooks met at the Highlights Foundation’s Chautauqua Workshop over a decade ago. Their friendship was forged over works-in-progress, critiques, and the drive to publish great books for all children. Fast forward to now, and between the four women, they have over 30 books published for readers of all ages.

They’ve designed a workshop to share with you all that they have gathered over years of their journeys, including:

  • Ways to break into the industry
  • Turning passion and ideas into a career
  • How to work in multiple genres and for varying ages
  • Where to find work-for-hire opportunities

This workshop is designed to help writers uncover the possibilities offered in the children’s book industry as well as discuss ways to make the most impact on children of all ages.

Along with daily lectures and discussions, there will be hands-on writing exercises and chances to meet one-on-one with the faculty. Writers will not need to provide writing samples prior to the workshop but are encouraged to bring writing to the conference for peer review.

This workshop is for anyone looking for ways to break in or expand upon a career in writing for children, from board books to middle grade series.

Faculty

Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of…
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Gwendolyn Hooks

Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of 17 books for children. She writes both fiction and nonfiction to encourage children to…
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Kristy Dempsey

Kristy Dempsey grew up in South Carolina and now works as a teacher-librarian in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a bustling city…
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Crystal Allen

Crystal Allen is the author of several middle grade novels: How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy (Balzer and…
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Jessica Echeverria

Jessica Echeverria is an editor at Lee & Low Books, an independent children’s book publisher focusing on diversity. Over the…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $799.00

All-inclusive means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging and all meals.

workshop information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, October 7 and ends on Tuesday, October 9 with lunch, followed by an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.

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