Upcoming Workshops



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 $575 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 […]

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 11, 2022 - September 15, 2022

So You Want to be an Author/Illustrator?

Overview: Please Note: Program is fully booked. Please click here to join the Waitlist. 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 […]

August 19, 2022 - August 23, 2022

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

Program is fully booked. Please click here to join the Waitlist. 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 […]

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 […]

September 24, 2022 - December 17, 2022

Emotional Impact & Your Picture Book

OVERVIEW: Multi-Month Online Course This multi-month online course digs into the heart of a picture book—and by “heart,” we mean the emotional impact that causes our hearts to swell, squeeze, and bump-bump because of a stunning story. Embrace who you are as a storyteller, and explore what your picture book needs to have emotional resonance […]

September 30, 2022 - October 02, 2022

School Visits: Spotlight on Students and Storytellers

OVERVIEW: Online Weekend Intensive Join Andrea Loney, Carmen Oliver and guests for a productive weekend to develop your 20-minute virtual visit (plus strategies to expand or condense it as needed) with faculty support.  You'll blend who you are as a storyteller with resonant content and materials to create genuine connections with kids or teens, educators, […]

October 02, 2022 - October 05, 2022

Graphic Novelists & Illustrators: An Artist’s Retreat

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Working Retreat Calling all graphic novelists and picture book illustrators! Looking for a getaway to focus on your illustrations? Here is a special retreat just for you! Join author/illustrators Kelly Light and Courtney Pippin-Mathur, and author/illustrator and art director Aram Kim for an informally structured retreat where the focus is on your […]

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. We are […]

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 16, 2022 - October 19, 2022

Filling the Writer's Toolbox: A Picture Book & Novel Retreat

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Workshop and Retreat Build your revision skills with renowned editor Emma D. Dryden and special guests.  Leave the retreat with a community of support, a concrete map for your next round of revision, and a better understanding of revision techniques to use again and again. This is an in-person workshop at our […]

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 23, 2022 - October 26, 2022

Jewish Symposium 2022: An In-Community Experience for Jewish Creatives

This Symposium is currently waitlisted.  If you are interested in attending, but you have not yet registered, you should do one or both of the following: 1) Apply for a scholarship.   There are scholarships available to this program.  Apply for one of the available scholarship spots here.  The application deadline is Sunday, August 21.  Scholarship […]

October 27, 2022 - October 30, 2022

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

Please Note: This workshop is fully booked. Click here to join the Waitlist. 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 […]

November 03, 2022 - December 15, 2022

Shape Your Story: A 6-Week Novel Intensive with Author & Agent Linda Epstein

Multi-Week Online Course Overview: Mold your novel into the story only you can tell with senior agent, writer, and poet Linda Epstein. Live sessions Thursday evenings (November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, & 15) *Please note NO LIVE Class on November 24 Pre-recorded content released on Monday, November 7 1:1, 20-minute Consultation with Linda […]

November 03, 2022 - November 07, 2022

Rebecca Dykes Memorial Workshop: Writing to Empower

OVERVIEW: In partnership with the Rebecca Dykes Writers, this program has been thoughtfully formed to offer a safe environment for writers to gather and find ways to express themselves through stories that empower survivors of gender-based trauma, and explore the effects of violence on our communities as a whole. If this is an area of […]

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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