Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

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July 01, 2020 - December 31, 2020

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

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 idea of where to go next, or you’ve written most of the book but can’t figure out the ending, this course is designed to help you […]

July 08, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Meditations for Writers & Illustrators: An On Demand Course

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 Learn: Laurie Calkhoven uses meditation at every stage of her writing process, […]

August 09, 2020 - August 27, 2020

Science and Nature Writing for Kids & Teens Online Workshop 2020

Online Course Info: This is a two-week online workshop that features pre-recorded lectures, “live” lectures, a one-to-one faculty critique and an editor consultation, hands-on exercises, office hours to cover specific topics of interest, editor Q&A, and opportunities for student community engagement. Note: The submission window opens on August 1 and remains open until August 12. […]

August 10, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Monday Meditations (Four Weekly Sessions Online) with Laurie Calkhoven August 2020

Join Laurie Calkhoven weekly for a four week package of Monday Meditations via Zoom. If you're unable for any reason to attend a LIVE session(s), you'll have access to the recordings of each through September 30, 2020. The LIVE sessions will be held at 10 am EDT on: August 10 August 17 August 24 August […]

August 16, 2020 - August 22, 2020

The Whole Novel Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Course Info: This is a seven-day online workshop that features a full manuscript critique, evening “live” lectures and discussions, daily writing prompts, one-to-one mentorship, faculty Q&A, optional open mic readings and more! Online Workshop Participant Cap: 20 students. […]

August 20, 2020 - August 24, 2020

Unworkshop August 20 - 24, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols by following CDC, WHO, local health authorities and leading hotel industry best practices and guidelines. You can find out details of our campus protocols here. Unworkshop: your own private retreat in […]

August 30, 2020 - September 02, 2020

Developing a Series in Chapter Books Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Course Info: This is a four-day online workshop that features evening “live” lectures, discussions, online Q&A sessions, peer roundtable groups, writing exercises and an agent interview. There will be one-to-one sessions with faculty on your series overview and […]

September 10, 2020 - September 14, 2020

Unworkshop September 10 - 14, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols by following CDC, WHO, local health authorities and leading hotel industry best practices and guidelines. You can find out details of our campus protocols here. Unworkshop: your own private retreat in […]

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Picture Books: Inspiration and Perspiration Online Workshop 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Workshop Info: Spend the weekend in picture book community at this online intensive that features lots of inspiration--and yes, perspiration! There will be Live keynotes, office hours, a visiting agent, informal discussion and fun group activities. The faculty […]

September 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020

Latinx Writers: A Virtual Symposium 2020

Online Symposium Info: This virtual workshop, an entry in our "Essential Conversations" series, is an in-community intensive experience for Latinx writers. Each week there will be one Live Zoom session: lectures, panels, interviews and open Q&A's. There will also be one pre-recorded lecture released each week. Craft exercises will follow the pre-recorded session and writers […]

September 16, 2020 - October 21, 2020

Exploring Limitations and Liberations of Writing Novels in Verse and Novels in Vignettes Online Course 2020

Online Course Info: This is a six-week online workshop that features weekly Wednesday afternoon “live” lectures, discussions, writing exercises, pre-recorded lectures and roundtable sessions. Online Workshop Participant Cap: 16 students. What You'll Learn & Experience: In this workshop, you will explore the challenges of writing novels in verse and novels in vignettes. You'll discover how […]

September 21, 2020 - September 24, 2020

Online Master Class with Patricia Lee Gauch: Feelings 2020

Please note: this workshop is full. Please click here to be added to the waiting list. Online Course Info: This master class with renowned editor Patricia Lee Gauch features daily lectures and close mentoring. Online Workshop Participant Cap: 10 students. What You'll Learn & Experience: With Patricia Lee Gauch at your side, this master class […]

September 24, 2020 - September 28, 2020

Unworkshop September 24 - 28, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols by following CDC, WHO, local health authorities and leading hotel industry best practices and guidelines. You can find out details of our campus protocols here. Unworkshop: your own private retreat in […]

September 24, 2020 - November 12, 2020

So You Want to be an Author/Illustrator? Online Course Sept-Nov 2020

Online Course Info: This is an eight-week online, hands-on workshop featuring: Live Zoom sessions with faculty for lessons and assignment check-ins Pre-recorded lectures and learning materials Structured practice, creative, and revision assignments to move you toward a finished picture book dummy (mock-up) Peer critique A faculty critique of your finished picture book dummy if you […]

October 01, 2020 - October 05, 2020

Unworkshop October 1 - 5, 2020

Our Retreat Center is now open for Unworkshops! To make sure that your retreat is a safe one, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols by following CDC, WHO, local health authorities and leading hotel industry best practices and guidelines. You can find out details of our campus protocols here. Unworkshop: your own private retreat in […]

October 05, 2020 - October 08, 2020

Poetry Intensive for Published Writers: Find Your Muse in the Woods 2020

Join Us To: Find ways to grow your craft, sharpen your voice, and expand your poetic and creative boundaries. Participate in guided workshops, intended to ignite your inner muse through discussion, lecture, and generative writing exercises. Replenish and restore with this creative retreat. What You'll Learn: As writers of books for children and teens, we […]

October 11, 2020 - October 15, 2020

Filling the Writer's Toolbox With Editor Emma Dryden 2020

Join Us To: Prepare your manuscript for submission under the guidance of renowned editor Emma Dryden. Learn proven techniques for editing and revising your manuscript, and have time to put the techniques into practice. Deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of writing for children. What You'll Learn: At this workshop, you will: Learn and practice […]

October 15, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Disrupting Youth Literature Symposium 2020

Join Us To: Build on your understanding of youth literature as you pursue equity in your communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. This workshop will inform attendees’ ability to engage with children’s literature in ways that disrupt the status quo. What You'll Learn: You will: Foster competency-building with activities and discussions around key readings, including […]

October 18, 2020 - October 22, 2020

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2020

Join Us To: Immerse yourself in writing poetry and working on your craft. Share your passion for poetry with peers and published poets in an intimate setting. Complete writing exercises to inspire new poems. Learn about the elements of poetry, from word choice to metaphor. Make new friends! What You'll Learn: In this course, we […]

October 22, 2020 - October 25, 2020

From Premise To Pitch: Get Submission Ready With Two Seasoned Agents 2020

Join Us To: Work with two agents in hands-on sessions that will help you prepare your pitch, synopsis, and bio for the submission process. Through one-to-one manuscript critiques of ten page samples and synopses, identify weaknesses in your manuscript that must be addressed before you submit. Ensure that the premise of your story will make […]

October 22, 2020 - October 25, 2020

A Working Poets Retreat 2020

Join Us To: Enjoy a working poet’s retreat in the woods. Have the time and space to focus on your individual writing in a nurturing environment. Foster your creativity and generate new poems with guided poetry prompts. Work on poems-in-progress with roundtable readings and group feedback. What You'll Learn: Less structured than a traditional workshop, […]

October 25, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2020

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. 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 many of life’s challenges, a journey, through ideas, through beginnings and middles and ends. […]

October 28, 2020 - November 25, 2020

Creating an Image System That Works for Your Verse Novel Online Course + Optional Onsite Retreat 2020

Online Course: October 28-November 25, 2020 Optional Onsite Retreat: December 3-6, 2020. Register here. Join Us To: Learn how to use image systems to improve your novel in verse. An image system is a series of images (can be a symbol or a metaphor or a simile) strung together in a narrative that, as they […]

October 29, 2020 - November 01, 2020

Pushing the Limits: Writing Experimental Fiction for YA and Middle Grade Readers 2020

Join Us To: Acquire the confidence and craft knowledge to take your novel from brilliant idea to completed draft, whether it's a novel in verse, genre hybrid, or story that starts at the end. Pop open the hoods of acclaimed experimental YA and middle grade novels to see what makes them run. Through lectures, group […]

November 05, 2020 - November 08, 2020

Plot Like a Film: Screenwriting Techniques That Serve Your Story 2020

Join Us To: Discover how you can strengthen your plot by using the techniques perfected by screenwriters. Build a high-concept story. Use new techniques to access your plot. Get one-to-one feedback on your work-in-progress. Work in peer groups to strengthen beats and storylines. What You'll Learn: Tips and tools used by screenwriters to uncover your plot. How to examine your […]

November 08, 2020 - November 11, 2020

Creating Nonfiction Picture Books for Children in a Changing World 2020

Join Us To: Study the craft of creating picture books that resonate with the real world of today's children. Learn how to find the stories of people and events that have changed, or will change the world. Learn the process of writing and researching nonfiction picture books and picture book biographies. Hear presentations and do hands-on […]

April 22, 2021 - April 25, 2021

Making Magic: Writing and Refining Fantastical and Otherworldly Stories 2021

Please note: this course is full. Please click here to be placed on our waiting list. A special workshop with Anna-Marie McLemore and Nova Ren Suma. Join Us To: Deepen the magic in your middle grade or young adult novel with this generative writing workshop. Hear in-depth craft lectures from experienced faculty authors. Generate new […]

May 09, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction October 2021

Join Us To: Have the entire draft of your fantasy or speculative fiction novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop. Have a one-on-one meeting with your mentor to further discuss your manuscript and map out a revision plan. Hear lectures on craft and the marketplace. Make connections with fellow writers. Have time to write […]

June 23, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Writing for the Educational Market 2021

Join Us To: Understand the guidelines for submitting to educational publishers. Learn techniques for meeting specs, leveling text, and producing submission packages. Receive faculty feedback faculty and hear from with editors at educational publishing companies. What You'll Learn: Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome […]

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