Workshops

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August 13–August 19, 2017 Waitlisted
Whole Novel Workshop 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Revise and polish your novel >>

  • Novels
August 19–August 26, 2017 Waitlisted
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! A special and unusual retreat, >>

  • Nonfiction
August 23–August 27, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Matt de la Peña

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency
August 27–August 31, 2017
A Retreat for Poets 2017

A gathering for writers who enjoy playing with rhythm, rhyme, and the poetic form. When You Are Happy Eileen Spinelli >>

  • Poetry
September 7–September 10, 2017
Illustration Intensive 2017

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and >>

  • For Illustrators
  • Picture Books
September 14–September 17, 2017
Historical Realities in Fiction for Children 2017

Learn to honor history in your work and make it come alive for readers of all ages! In order to >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
September 24–September 27, 2017
The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2017

Get serious about writing that picture book—and set reachable goals to move you towards publication. When creative people get too >>

  • Picture Books
October 4–October 8, 2017
Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2017

In this unique four-day workshop, you will have your work critiqued, produce new pages, and come away with solid direction >>

  • Novels
October 1–October 5, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Denise Fleming

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency
  • For Illustrators
October 6–October 8, 2017
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2017

A down-to-earth, hands-on workshop for the illustrator who’s looking for the inside track, packed with valuable pointers and solid advice. >>

  • For Illustrators
  • Picture Books
October 8–October 11, 2017
The Art and Craft of Nature Writing and Illustration 2017

Discover nature and stories through guided observations, research, and mentoring. In order to help children and young adults foster a >>

  • Nonfiction
October 12–October 15, 2017
The Joke’s on You! The Scoop on Humor, Middle Grade through YA 2017

Learn to manipulate humor in your writing, grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your >>

  • Character & Voice
  • Novels
October 15–October 19, 2017
The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2017

If you have a passion for writing children’s poetry, then please join us. Beginning poets, seasoned writers, teachers, and dreamers >>

  • Poetry
October 19–October 22, 2017
The Fundamentals of Writing Biography 2017

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Now is the time to capture >>

  • Nonfiction
October 22–October 24, 2017
Digital Storytelling: Techniques for Creating Engaging Experiences On Screens 2017

Looking for more ways to tell or draw your stories? Join us to review the latest children’s digital products. This >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Picture Books
October 25–October 29, 2017
Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2017

An intimate workshop for middle grade authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress. Whether you’ve >>

  • Novels
October 26–October 29, 2017
DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell 2017

For published and pre-published authors who have a novel that needs to be renovated for sale. Have a fixer-upper manuscript? >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
November 2–November 5, 2017 Waitlisted
Master Class: Understanding “Close Third” Point of View 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Gain confidence in the “close >>

  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
November 10–November 14, 2017
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Varian Johnson

Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017 >>

  • Artist in Residency
January 8–April 19, 2018 Presale
Getting To Know Your Novel with Sarah Aronson 2018

Give your novel the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a guided >>

  • Novels
January 28–February 4, 2018 Presale
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat January 2018

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven >>

  • Nonfiction
March 25–March 31, 2018 Presale
Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2018

Move your novel to the next level with guidance from editor Patricia Lee Gauch.   Check back soon for more >>

  • Novels
April 26–April 29, 2018 Presale
Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2018

Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for illustrators and art admirers alike. NO >>

  • For Illustrators
  • Picture Books
April 29–May 4, 2018 Presale
Crafting Successful Author Visits 2018

Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits are a powerful way to >>

  • Business of Publishing
May 7–May 12, 2018 Presale
Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction 2018

Learn narrative nonfiction storytelling skills and get the feedback you need to complete your revision.   Please check back soon >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Writing Intensive
May 12–May 17, 2018 Presale
Filling the Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and Revision 2018

Under the guidance of Emma Dryden you’ll prepare your manuscript for submission and gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals >>

  • Writing Intensive
May 24–May 27, 2018 Presale
Crafting a Dummy with Heart and Soul 2018

Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for submission. Check back soon for details! >>

  • For Illustrators
  • Picture Books
July 8–July 13, 2018 Presale
Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2018

Keynotes, workshops and a creative mentor to provide one-on-one support. The Highlights Foundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than >>

  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Picture Books
July 15–July 19, 2018 Presale
Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2018

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need >>

  • Nonfiction