Upcoming Workshops




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June 01, 2021 - July 31, 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 […]

June 01, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Personal Retreats 3+ Nights

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 […]

September 22, 2021 - December 11, 2021

Crash Course in Children's Publishing: Everything You Need to Know Online Course Sept-Dec 2021

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. TYPE: Online (Facilitated) COVID Reschedule/Refund Policy What’s the difference between Highlights Foundation workshop types? LENGTH: 10 weeks PARTICIPANT CAP: 40 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? At the end of this course, you will understand how the children’s book publishing industry works, […]

September 22, 2021 - November 10, 2021

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel (and Creating Your Book’s Style Guide!)

TYPE & LENGTH: An eight-week online course (September 22-November 10) featuring: Live lectures from faculty Pre-recorded lectures, resources to explore and structured assignments Weekly online group chats with your instructor and one phone consultation about your book project. Community interaction and goal-setting PARTICIPANT CAP: 16 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? The course is divided into 8 sessions: […]

September 27, 2021 - September 29, 2021

Novels in Verse Intensive: Expand! Grow! Reach!

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. TYPE & LENGTH: A three day, online intensive (September 27 – 29, 2021) with: Opportunities for learning, feedback, and interaction (detailed agenda below) Self-paced time to make progress on your novel in verse PARTICIPANT CAP: 16 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? […]

September 29, 2021 - October 27, 2021

Creating an Image System That Works for Your Verse Novel

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. TYPE & LENGTH: Five-week, online course (September 29-October 27) Build your own image system through weekly Wednesday live Zoom lectures, discussions, writing exercises, and one workshopping opportunity PARTICIPANT CAP: 16 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? What is an image system? An […]

September 30, 2021 - October 21, 2021

Relationships in Contemporary MG and YA Novels

TYPE & LENGTH: A four week online course (September 30-October 21), with: Weekly live sessions, Thursdays from 12-2pm Eastern Weekly writing exercises Ample self-paced time to make progress on a project, or play with your creativity 1:1 feedback from editor Kat Brzozowski on your cover letter, synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your novel […]

October 03, 2021 - November 11, 2021

Picture Book Plotting A-Z

TYPE & LENGTH: This 5-week online course is largely self-paced, with new content and assignments released weekly in our virtual classroom. There are weekly live office hours via Zoom for Q&A on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern. Additional time might be spent posting assignments and reflections in the virtual classroom. You can add an optional consultation […]

October 11, 2021 - November 02, 2021

Viewing Children's Books Through an Intersectional Lens

Viewing Children's Books Through an Intersectional Lens: A Professional Development for Educators, Storytellers, & Publishing Professionals 4-week online program with pre-recorded material and weekly live sessions on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern (October 14, 21 and 28) and a final session on Tuesday, November 2 at 7pm Eastern. PARTICIPANT CAP: 60 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? Reading and […]

October 17, 2021 - November 07, 2021

Filling the Writer's Toolbox With Editor Emma Dryden

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. TYPE & LENGTH: 4 week online course with weekly LIVE Zoom sessions, weekly office hours, and one week of LIVE facilitated group discussions Writing exercises Post course 1:1 consultations included Submissions for facilitated group discussions, due by September 27, […]

October 19, 2021 - November 11, 2021

Submission-Ready with Heart: A Hands-On Workshop for Author/Illustrators

TYPE & LENGTH: Online (October 19-November 11) 3 week online course with live Zoom lectures on Tuesday evenings 1:1 sessions scheduled at your convenience with valuable faculty manuscript and dummy feedback/critique Focused studio time on Thursday evenings PARTICIPANT CAP: 20 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? A tightly revised manuscript, guided by art, can tell a story with […]

October 20, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Online Latinx Symposium 2021: An In-Community Celebration of ¡DRAMA!

TYPE & LENGTH: Online symposium centered on celebrating our Latinx community and stories Two weeks of pre-recorded and LIVE Zoom sessions. Virtual classroom with peer and faculty interaction. Recorded sessions release on Thursdays, October 21 & 28. LIVE lectures on Wednesdays at 7pm Eastern, October 20 & 27. Office hours (5pm Eastern) and optional peer-to-peer […]

October 23, 2021 - November 03, 2021

Becoming a Nonfiction Writer: A Two-Part Online Course

TYPE & LENGTH: This is an online course with two parts: an intensive weekend, followed by two weeks of pre-recorded lectures, mini-lectures, Q & A sessions, and 1:1 consultations. Part 1: a two-day intensive (October 23 - 24) Part 2: consultations and live lectures (October 26 - Nov. 3) Writing exercises and small group sharing […]

October 27, 2021 - December 15, 2021

Revising Your Verse Novel: A Three-Part Online Workshop

TYPE & LENGTH: Seven-week, online course (October 27-December 15) Revise your verse novel through weekly lectures, discussions, and writing exercises-- Some live via Zoom, and some self-guided. You'll have one peer workshopping opportunity of 8-10 poems, as well as informal feedback on all writing exercises. PARTICIPANT CAP: 16 WHY THIS WORKSHOP? The verse novel is […]

On Demand

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck: An On Demand Online Workshop 2021

This is an on-demand course. You can begin it at any time. You will have access to the course for six months after your registration date. Online Course Info: Whether you’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground, you’re stuck in the middle of a draft with no […]

On Demand

Meditations for Writers & Illustrators: An On Demand Course 2021

This is an on-demand course. You can begin it at any time. Online Course Info: This is an "on demand" course consisting of 12 pre-recorded, guided meditations and a 12-page meditation guide. Your registration includes a pdf of the meditation guide and six-months of access to the 12 videos included in this package. What You'll […]

On Demand

Seize the Reader: Writing for Emotional Impact in MG and YA Novels, An On Demand Online Course

TYPE: Online (On-demand, self-paced, with monthly live office hours) Here are the dates for upcoming live office hours (12-1pm Eastern) October 7 November 4 December 2 COVID Reschedule/Refund Policy What’s the difference between Highlights Foundation workshop types? LENGTH: You can complete this program at your own pace, but you will have six months of access […]

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