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 […]

September 24, 2022 - December 17, 2022

Emotional Impact & Your Picture Book

OVERVIEW: This program is fully booked. Please join the waitlist if you are interested in a spot if anyone cancels.  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 […]

September 29, 2022 - December 08, 2022

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft

OVERVIEW: A 3-Part Online Cooperative This supportive program takes all writers (nonfiction or fiction, picture books, novels, essays, and more) from goal-stating to finished drafts through writing prompts, daily inspirations, check-ins, and feedback with Sarah Aronson and special guests. This is an online course in three parts: Part 1 is goal setting, daily inspirations and […]

September 30, 2022 - October 02, 2022

School Visits: Spotlight on Students and Storytellers

OVERVIEW: This program is fully booked. Click here to join the waitlist. Online Weekend Intensive Join Andrea Loney, Carmen Oliver, Michelle Cusolito 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 […]

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 06, 2022 - November 16, 2022

Revising Your Verse Novel: A Three-Part Online Workshop

OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAITLIST. 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, […]

October 08, 2022 - October 11, 2022

Poetry for Kids: A World of Publishing Possibilities

OVERVIEW: This program is fully booked. Please Click Here to join the waitlist 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 […]

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 "Drop-In" Hours beginning on (Friday, October 14 at 11am Eastern) Ongoing discussion threads […]

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 20, 2022 - November 03, 2022

Writing Humor: Finding the Funny Bone that Works for You & Your Novel

OVERVIEW: 3-Week Online Course Join middle grade author Chris Tebbetts for weekly live sessions to learn more about bringing humorous and heartfelt moments to your novel, in a style that is right for you and your story. Live sessions at 7pm – 8:30pm EASTERN (Thursdays, October 20, 27, & November 3) Feedback on up to […]

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 add your name to the waitlist.  As the workshop gets closer, additional spots may open.  People on the waitlist will have first priority on those open spots. Note: if you have applied for a scholarship, you […]

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 […]

October 31, 2022 - November 03, 2022

Latinx Voices: An In-Community Retreat

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night, In-Community Retreat This in-community retreat is for writers and illustrators from the Latinx Diaspora, with special hosts Alex Villasante, Mia García, NoNieqa Ramos and guests.  It is an informally structured retreat where the focus is on your own projects, plus a celebration of our community, sharing ways to amplify and support Latinx […]

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

Writing Stories to Empower Through Trauma: A Workshop in Memory of Rebecca Dykes

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 […]

November 07, 2022 - November 10, 2022

Verse Novelists: A Working Retreat

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Working Retreat Do you need a little time away to revise, draft, or finish your in-progress verse novel? Join special host Padma Venkatraman and guests for an informally structured retreat where the focus is on your own projects, with light conversation after meals and in shared workspaces. This is an in-person retreat for […]

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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