We are finalizing our plans for 2021 Unworkshop weekends. If you want some more information, you can contact Jo Lloyd at jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org.

Treat yourself to an Unworkshop!

Imagine your own private retreat in a picturesque setting – currently just $149/day!

We believe all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time: time to create and time to dream. That’s why we developed a program called “Unworkshops” that gives you the opportunity to create your own retreat.

In an “Unworkshop,” time is yours to spend as you please. No structure. No schedule. We’ll provide you with comfortable lodging and three great meals a day. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel right at home and fussed over. We’ll furnish a peaceful setting that lets you focus solely on your work.

“I cannot tell you how much the time there meant to me. I have never been that productive without a deadline. There must be some kind of special magic in those cabins…If you need time and space to work, I HIGHLY recommend it.”

Heidi E. Y. Stemple

When we began offering Foundation workshops, we knew we had a unique situation: a campus tucked away in picturesque northeastern Pennsylvania that offers the solitude writers and artists need. So we created Unworkshops. Imagine life away from chores and distractions. Imagine what you could accomplish!

“It was a turning point in my writer’s journey, the moment when I crossed the threshold into that world.”

Jody Casella

Here’s what you can expect when you arrive:

  • A cozy, private place to stay, with a writing table and other amenities, including hot beverage center and round the clock snacks
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the choice to socialize as you wish with a community of writers and illustrators, or to take meals back to your room on a tray if you are in the middle of a landslide of inspiration.
  • Computers and printers available for your use
  • Respect for the sanctity of your creative space

“My week at Highlights for an Unworkshop was just what I needed…How terrific to be in such a beautiful place, given delicious food, and everything else I needed so that I could devote all of my attention to my manuscript…It was this writer’s idea of heaven!”

Deborah Heiligman

Come for any number of days that fit your needs. Stay for a day or a week, as long as you need to create. See what works for you.

Our Unworkshops program has been growing in popularity. We’ve been gratified to see that so many small groups have come here (friends, critique groups, writing partners) as well as individuals, including some of our faculty members. An Unworkshop is an opportunity to give yourself the gift of time.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 Price includes lodging, all meals and unlimited snacks.

“It had been a year and a half since my last visit, and I kept asking myself why it took so long to return. The staff is so friendly and caring (it was great to see Amanda again!), and you can’t beat the facilities and the cabins. I think the Unworkshop is perfectly set up: good-sized chunks of writing time, split by delicious meals and chances to meet other writers and discuss the craft. I have already been recommending this place to my fellow writers and I will continue to do so. I hope to be back next year.”