Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

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June 01, 2021 - September 30, 2022

Muslim Storytellers Fellowship

The Highlights Foundation has announced a two-year fellowship in children's literature for Muslim Storytellers. The fellowship is funded by a grant with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s (DDFIA) Building Bridges Program. The mission of the Building Bridges Program is to support national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being […]

April 01, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Personal Retreats 3+ Nights Inquiry

Imagine your own private retreat in a picturesque setting – currently just $500 for a three night stay with all meals and amenities included! 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 that gives you the opportunity to create your own retreat. In a “Personal Retreat,” time […]

June 01, 2022 - July 27, 2022

Crash Course in Children's Publishing: Illustrators Edition

OVERVIEW: This Program is Full, but you are welcome to join the waitlist here in case anyone has to cancel. Multi-Week Online Course Join lead faculty Pat Cummings and Harold Underdown for this special Illustrators edition of our Crash Course in Children's Publishing. At the end of the course, you will understand how the children’s book […]

June 27, 2022 - June 30, 2022

Writing for the Educational Market 2022

OVERVIEW: This workshop is full. Please click here to add your name to the waitlist. We'll contact you if a spot opens up! Also, we have two upcoming nonfiction courses that could be a good alternative for you: Writing Science & Nature for Kids & Teens: A Workshop for Writers and Illustrators, June 9-12, on […]

July 06, 2022 - July 10, 2022

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

OVERVIEW: This Summer Camp is FULL. Click here if you'd like to join the Waitlist. Get away for five days at our Summer Camp in Fiction for inspiration, guidance, mentorship, community, fun, creativity, and growth. At the Highlights Foundation, "summer camp" is different than s’mores by the fire and hiking in the woods. (Though we […]

July 11, 2022 - July 14, 2022

Summer Camp in Illustration: Intensive Artistic Inspiration

This program is fully booked. Please click here to join the waitlist. OVERVIEW: Get away for four days at our Summer Camp in Illustration for inspiration, guidance, mentorship, community, fun, creativity, and growth. At the Highlights Foundation, "summer camp" is different than s’mores by the fire and hiking in the woods. (Though we do that, […]

July 12, 2022 - July 14, 2022

World Building for Novelists: A Two-Part Mini

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Fantasy authors Intisar Khanani and Alisa Alering are ready to share the inner workings of world building, from physical elements of the environment, to social and cultural systems, and everything in between! This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course of two, 75-minute sessions […]

July 12, 2022 - July 14, 2022

Picture Book Structure, Focus, & Word Choice: A Two-Night Mini

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course. Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories that sell means going beyond a fun idea. In addition to plot, picture book creatives need to consider structure, style, rhythm, word choice, and more! Join award-winning picture book author Darcy Pattison and author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski for this short course of two, […]

July 15, 2022 - July 19, 2022

Summer Camp in Nonfiction: Explore, Dig Deep, Inspire

OVERVIEW: Get away for five days at our Summer Camp in Nonfiction for inspiration, guidance, mentorship, community, fun, creativity, and growth. At the Highlights Foundation, "summer camp" is different than s’mores by the fire and hiking in the woods. (Though we do that, too.) Our summer camp is a time to find the kind of […]

July 19, 2022 - July 20, 2022

Image Systems in Verse Novels: A Two Night Mini

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join verse novelist Cordelia Jensen to gain an understanding of image systems, and discover ways to infuse these extended metaphors into your work. This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course of two, 75-minute sessions offering limited interaction with the community, but loads of information. […]

July 28, 2022 - July 28, 2022

Reading Like a Writer: A One-Night Mini

OVERVIEW: A One-Night Mini Online Course Writers fill their wells with stories: stories from the everyday happenings around them, and stories from fellow writers. Middle grade author Eric Bell asks, "Do you read like a writer?" Join Eric for a fun, webinar-style class on ways to improve your writing through the enjoyment of reading. This […]

August 03, 2022 - September 16, 2022

Revision Retreat with Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown

Program is fully booked. Click here to join the waitlist. OVERVIEW: A 3-Part Online Course, with Optional In-Person Retreat Join editors Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson for this 3-part online course that offers the skills and space you need to revise, rebuild, and enliven your story. You'll make real progress in weekly online sessions + […]

August 10, 2022 - August 11, 2022

Create Your Novel’s Style Guide: A Two-Night Mini

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (7pm – 8:15pm EST) Thursday, August 11, 2022 (7pm – 8:15pm EST) Webinar-style program with closed captioning available and limited interaction in the chat Novelists, join us for two evening sessions to develop your book’s editorial style guide so you can keep details clear, concise, […]

August 11, 2022 - September 15, 2022

So You Want to be an Author/Illustrator?

Overview: Multi-Week Online Course Explore the possibilities of illustrating AND writing your own book, with a focus on craft and an intense level of feedback. Participants who complete all assignments should be able to finish or revise a working dummy in its entirety during the course. Live sessions (with closed captioning available) Thursdays at 8-9pm […]

August 12, 2022 - August 16, 2022

Whole Novel Workshop: A Retreat for Novelists (Summer Session One)

OVERVIEW: In-person 5-Day/4-Night Workshop and Retreat This intensive Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft (up to 80,000 words*) of a novel read by faculty, with detailed written feedback and two private consultations provided. Attention in an intimate setting makes this program one that guarantees significant progress in preparation […]

August 15, 2022 - August 17, 2022

Co-Authoring a Novel: A Two-Night Mini on Writing Collaboration

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Sharing the publishing journey can also be a gratifying experience, especially if it's with someone whose artistic values align with yours. Join Mayra Cuevas and Marie Marquardt, co-authors of the critically-acclaimed YA novel Does My Body Offend You?, to learn more about collaborative approaches to writing and publishing. This program is […]

August 19, 2022 - August 23, 2022

Whole Novel Workshop: A Retreat for Novelists (Summer Session Two)

OVERVIEW: In-person 5-Day/4-Night Workshop and Retreat This intensive Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft (up to 80,000 words*) of a novel read by faculty, with detailed written feedback and two private consultations provided. Attention in an intimate setting makes this program one that guarantees significant progress in preparation […]

August 23, 2022 - August 25, 2022

Amplify YOUR Voice: A Two-Night Mini for Novelists

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join author Aminah Mae Safi and editor Kat Brzozowski to explore a Voice that is uniquely your own. A Voice that comes from within— inner conflicts, outside pressures, personal values, experiences, identity, and so much more. This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course of […]

August 25, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Picture Book Writers and Illustrators: A Working Retreat

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Working Retreat Picture book writers and illustrators: set aside time to focus on your picture book project! Here is a special retreat just for you. Join author Darcy Pattison, author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski, and editor Trisha de Guzman to work on your picture book manuscript during this retreat.  It also includes one consultation, […]

September 14, 2022 - October 19, 2022

Line Editing Your YA or MG Novel (Fall 2022)

OVERVIEW: Multi-Week Online Course Live Lectures (with closed captioning) Wednesdays at 7-8pm EST (September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19) Weekly Writing assignments Connection with peers in the virtual classroom, and optional Community Office Hours for peer-to-peer discussion (Thursdays at 7pm during the course) 1:1 20-minute phone consultation about your project (no written feedback) Weekly […]

September 16, 2022 - September 24, 2022

Becoming a Nonfiction Writer: A Two-Part Online Course

OVERVIEW: A 2-Part Online Course This is an online course with two parts: an intensive weekend, followed by one week of mini-lectures, Q & A sessions, and 1:1 consultations. You'll engage in many aspects of writing nonfiction for children to create a strong foundation for your work, and build a network of fellow writers who […]

September 18, 2022 - September 21, 2022

Begin Your Chapter Book Series: Workshop & Retreat

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Workshop and Retreat This workshop takes a deep look at the intersection of craft and commercial viability in writing and selling a chapter book series. This is an in-person workshop at our Retreat Center with mentorship, hands-on activities, presentations, and ample time for resting, writing, sketching, and more. This program includes: A […]

September 22, 2022 - October 13, 2022

Relationships in MG & YA Novels: An Online Course with Editor Kat Brzozowski

OVERVIEW: Multi-Week Online Course The relationships between characters are the backbone of every great contemporary MG and YA novel. Participate in weekly live discussions and Q&A sessions with editor Kat Brzozowski and guests to learn more about crafting deeply meaningful relationships in your novel. Live sessions at 12:00 - 2pm EASTERN each Thursday, September 22 […]

October 05, 2022 - November 16, 2022

Revising Your Verse Novel: A Three-Part Online Workshop

OVERVIEW: A 3-Part Online Course The verse novel is an art all its own—sculpted through story and the act of revision. If you’ve done the hard work of drafting your novel in verse and are now ready to immerse yourself in revisions, we invite you to join Cordelia Jensen for this three-part program. This is […]

October 08, 2022 - October 11, 2022

Poetry for Kids: A World of Publishing Possibilities

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Workshop and Retreat Poetry anthologies, stand alone poems, lyrical picture books, narrative picture books, and verse novels make up the colorful fabric of poetic offerings to children. Learn ways to weave words, sounds, and stories into engaging poems, and find new markets and opportunities in writing poetry for children. There will be […]

October 09, 2022 - October 15, 2022

Novel Writing with Patricia Lee Gauch

Please note that this workshop is waitlisted. Please add your name to the waitlist if you would like to be notified if an opportunity becomes available to take this program. Join Us To: Move your novel to the next level working one-to-one with editor Patricia Lee Gauch. What You'll Learn: Writing a novel is, like […]

October 12, 2022 - December 14, 2022

A Crash Course in Children's Book Publishing

OVERVIEW: Multi-Week Online Course 10 weeks of programming (mix of live and recorded) Live Lectures Wednesdays, 8pm – 9pm Eastern (October 12, 26, November 9, 16, 30, and December 14) Recorded programming released on weeks when live sessions aren’t held Optional Live Office Hours beginning on (Friday, October 14) Ongoing discussion threads with engaged faculty […]

October 18, 2022 - October 19, 2022

From Query to Acquisitions: A Two Night Mini

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join agent Sera Rivers and editor Jennifer Baker to gain a better understanding of the submission process, from querying your work through acquisitions. This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course of two, 75-minute sessions offering limited interaction with the community, but loads of […]

October 27, 2022 - October 30, 2022

Middle Grade Novels: Ideas! Characters! Point of View! (& Everything In Between)

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Workshop and Retreat Middle Grade novels ignite a passion for reading. They are clever and imaginative, yet grounded. Join celebrated middle-grade authors Erin Entrada Kelly and Laurel Snyder to develop story ideas for your next middle-grade novel. There will be ample private retreat time so that you can write, wander, and connect […]

On Demand

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck: On-Demand 2022

OVERVIEW: Online, On-Demand Self-Paced Course 7 pre-recorded online sessions you can access on-demand for up to 6 months from the date of your registration. A 20-minute Zoom call with Erin or Chris after you register. Optional monthly office hours on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-8pm EST for up to 6 months from […]

On Demand

Seize the Reader: Writing for Emotional Impact, An On Demand Online Course

OVERVIEW: Online, On-Demand Self-Paced Course Included are 4 pre-recorded online sessions you can access on-demand for up to 6 months from the date of your registration Access to live Community Office Hours, the first Monday of each month at noon Eastern where you can meet with faculty Jennifer Jacobson for questions and interaction. Imagine your […]

On Demand

Picture Book A to Z: CHARACTER, An On-Demand Online Course

OVERVIEW: Whether your picture book is character-driven or plot-driven, character anchors the story. This on-demand course is designed to give you tools and knowledge to develop strong characters that your readers will love. Online, On-Demand Self-Paced Course Five chapters of prepared online lessons that you can access on-demand for up to 6 months from the […]

On Demand

Picture Book A to Z: PLOTTING, An On-Demand Online Course

OVERVIEW: Take this deep, deep dive into picture book structure with lessons on each letter of the “Picture Book Alphabet” designed by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. This on-demand course is designed to give you tools and knowledge to plot your picture books with care. Online, On-Demand Self-Paced Course Included are five chapters prepared online lessons that you […]

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