Workshops

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June 17–June 20, 2018
Writing Mysteries for Middle Grade, Chapter Books, and Series 2018

For writers eager to begin or complete a mystery for middle grade readers. Children love to cozy up with a >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
June 21–June 24, 2018
Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2018

Get feedback on your novel AND guidance about your writing career from two experienced author-editor-teachers, an editor and an agent. >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Fiction
  • Novels
June 24–June 28, 2018
Writing for the Educational Market 2018

Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
July 8–July 13, 2018
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 >>

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
July 15–July 19, 2018
Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2018

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore all facets of factual writing. "The faculty was outstanding in every >>

  • Nonfiction
July 20–July 23, 2018 Waitlisted
Illustration Intensive 2018

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Immerse yourself in illustration techniques >>

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
August 3–August 7, 2018
Revision Retreat 2018

All writers need to revise: this workshop will show you how. Whether you’re writing picture books, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, >>

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
August 5–August 8, 2018
Nature Retreat for ALL Writers & Artists 2018

Let your art and mind be inspired at this retreat: enjoy time to write or sketch plus fun and relaxing >>

  • Retreat
August 8–August 12, 2018
Nuts & Bolts of Science Writing 2018

Energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction writing that shines the light on exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) >>

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Picture Books
August 12–August 18, 2018
Whole Novel Workshop MG/YA 2018

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
August 18–August 21, 2018
Responsible Representation: Writing Diverse Commercial Fiction for Middle-Grade and Young Adult Readers 2018

Explore ways to include diversity in your work. Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton are generous stewards of the children’s book >>

  • Deepening Perspectives
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
August 18–August 25, 2018 Waitlisted
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2018

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

  • Writing Intensive
August 26–August 29, 2018
The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms 2018

Crafting Characters, Storyboarding with an Illustrator Eye, Revising Strategies, Stand-out Submissions, School Visits, and MORE The word count may be >>

  • Picture Books
September 9–September 12, 2018
The Journey: A Crash Course in How to Write Books for Children 2018

Get serious about writing your children’s book–and explore your path to publication. Just how do you write a children’s book–where >>

  • Business of Publishing
  • Picture Books
September 24–September 28, 2018
Taking Your Writing & Art to New Places: Published Authors and Illustrators at Work 2018

You’ve launched your career – now what? Discuss, dissect, collaborate, and grow. As published writers and illustrators, how do we >>

  • Fiction
  • Illustrators
  • Writing Intensive
September 30–October 3, 2018
DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell 2018

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

  • Fiction
  • Novels
October 4–October 7, 2018
Beginner’s Class in World Building and World Conjuring 2018

Explore ways to help ground and stretch readers within fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism. Fiction writers must create a >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
October 5–October 7, 2018
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2018

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

  • Illustrators
  • Picture Books
October 7–October 9, 2018
Writing for All Young Readers: Board Books through MG Series 2018

This workshop is for anyone looking for ways to break in or expand upon a career in writing for children, >>

  • Business of Publishing
October 14–October 18, 2018
The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2018

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

  • Poetry
October 18–October 21, 2018
Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Picture Book Biography and Narrative Nonfiction 2018

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Unfamiliar names may not hook your >>

  • Nonfiction
October 21–October 24, 2018
Elements of Plot with Grace Lin and Padma Venkatraman 2018

Find your way through your novel, from point to point and place to place. Crafting engaging characters and an interesting >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
October 28–October 31, 2018
Fundamental STEPS to Writing Historical Fiction 2018

Give your historical fiction a strong start by learning the fundamentals of this popular genre. Are you writing a novel >>

  • Fiction
November 4–November 7, 2018
Unlocking Your Story: Forms and Genres, a Mashup 2018

Is your work-in-progress begging to break free? Find the form that best fits the story you hope to tell. Join >>

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Writing Intensive
November 4–November 8, 2018
Getting Your Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel Unstuck 2018

An intimate workshop for middle grade and young adult authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in >>

  • Fiction
  • Novels
November 8–November 11, 2018
Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart: A Working Retreat 2018

A writing-intensive workshop to prepare your picture book for submission. Two award-winning, bestselling authors, Emily Jenkins and Elise Broach, and >>

  • Picture Books
November 8–November 11, 2018
A Master Class: Creating the Moment that Transcends – Climax, Complication, and Going Far Enough 2018

An intense study into building scenes with emotional impacts for your readers. The novel is first a story with a >>

  • Novels
  • Writing Intensive
November 29–December 3, 2018
Carolyn Yoder Nonfiction Picture Book Retreat

This intensive nonfiction picture book retreat is open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Join Carolyn Yoder, senior >>

  • Nonfiction