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 […]

April 24, 2022 - June 16, 2022

Whole Novel Historical: A Virtual Course for Historical Novelists

OVERVIEW: This program is full, but will be offered again next year. If you would like to be notified when it is available, please add your name to the waitlist. Multi-Month Online Course, $1799 The Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft (up to 80,000 words) of […]

May 11, 2022 - June 09, 2022

Plotting & Structuring Your Verse Novel (May/June 2022)

OVERVIEW: This workshop is full booked. If you'd like to join the waitlist, please click here. Multi-Week Online Course Plotting a verse novel comes with its own unique needs and opportunities. Join Cordelia Jensen to analyze plot structures (non-"traditional," "traditional," and everything in between), and then outline your project in this five-week, highly engaging plotting […]

May 12, 2022 - May 19, 2022

Poetry & Idea Generator: A Two Night Mini for All Writers

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join children’s book poets Laura Shovan and Padma Venkatraman to learn about poetry forms with time to generate your own short poems. 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. […]

May 23, 2022 - May 26, 2022

Movement for Body & Story: A Retreat for Creatives

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Retreat This retreat for creatives is centered on bringing movement to your process as well as your stories. Join Padma Venkatraman and Chris Tebbetts for this “light” workshop, with time to stretch and grow your own work, and time to build new shapes and ideas together. This is an in-person workshop at […]

May 24, 2022 - May 26, 2022

Intro to Writing Short Fiction: A Two-Night Mini for MG & YA Authors

OVERVIEW: A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join authors Nora Shalaway Carpenter and Rob Costello to learn about the form, opportunity, and style of writing short fiction for kids and teens. 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 […]

June 01, 2022 - July 27, 2022

Crash Course in Children's Publishing: Illustrators Edition

OVERVIEW: 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 publishing industry works for illustrators and author/illustrators, including ways to build your portfolio and engage with art-directors. 8 weeks […]

June 02, 2022 - June 18, 2022

Writing the Rainbow: LGBTQIA+ Themes in Picture Books, An Online Workshop

OVERVIEW: 3-Week Online Course This workshop is designed to bring LGBTQIA+ creators and allies together to craft picture books with clear LGBTQIA+ themes. You will learn to create books that celebrate joy, respect, and appreciation to children in today’s world, showing beauty and strength in our rainbow of experiences. Live sessions at take place twice […]

June 09, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Writing Science & Nature for Kids & Teens: A Workshop for Writers and Illustrators

OVERVIEW: In-person 4-Day/3-Night Workshop and Retreat Study the foundations of writing about science and nature for kids and teens while surrounded by science and nature! This is an in-person workshop at our Retreat Center with mentorship, hands-on activities, presentations, and ample time for exploring the outdoors, resting, writing, sketching, and more. This program includes: One pre-workshop […]

June 12, 2022 - June 16, 2022

In-Company: Community Retreat for Experienced Authors and Illustrators

Please note: This course is full. Click here to be added to the waiting list. OVERVIEW: In-person 5-Day/4-Night Workshop and Retreat This is an in-person workshop at our Retreat Center with inspirational sessions and opportunities for time in the company of fellow creatives. We include ample time to relax, retreat, and work on your own […]

June 20, 2022 - June 23, 2022

Viewing Children's Books Through an Intersectional Lens

OVERVIEW: Professional & Personal Development for Educators, Librarians, Storytellers, & Publishing Professionals Build the skills you need to analyze children’s books for meaningful representation, reader engagement, visual literacy, and more. This is an in-person workshop at our Retreat Center packed with lectures, interactive discussions, and guest sessions. Lodging and meals are included. Begins at with […]

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

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, too.) Our summer camp is a time to find the kind of […]

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 […]

August 03, 2022 - September 16, 2022

Revision Retreat with Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown

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 + a 1:1 consultation with faculty (Part 1), faculty-supported independent revision […]

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 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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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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