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Create Your Novel’s Style Guide: A Two-Night Mini

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Novelists, join us for two evening sessions to develop your book’s editorial style guide so you can keep details clear, concise, and consistent as you revise. This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course of two, 75-minute sessions offering limited interaction with loads of […]

$59

Begin Your Chapter Book, Middle Grade, or YA Novel

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Week Online Course Quite often, issues with a story in progress can be traced back to its beginning. In this course, Alicia D. Williams, Erin Dionne, and Chris Tebbetts will explore how your first pages and early choices can kickstart your chapter book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel, and help you navigate […]

$499

Getting to Know Your Character

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Characters are the foundation for every aspect of your story. They’re also the vehicle through which readers will connect with your story. Use this course to deepen your understanding of your characters in picture books through novels to unlock secrets and make decisions about point of view, plot, pacing and more. […]

$599

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Spring)

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Join lead faculty Harold Underdown and special guests for a Crash Course in Children's Publishing. At the end of the course, you will understand how the children’s book publishing industry works, including submitting, publishing, marketing a book for children, teens, or young adults, and beginning ideas about craft and critique. 10 weeks […]

$499

Whole Novel Genre Fiction: A Virtual Course for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Novelists

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

The Highlights Foundation 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 a private consultation provided. This online program in particular is for writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and similar genre-specific novels.

$2199

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course (Spring)

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Join novelist Jennifer Gennari for this six-week online course to build the skills needed to revise and enrich your novel. The course features live sessions with faculty, structured assignments, community interaction, and goal-setting. Live Lectures (with closed captioning) Tuesdays at 7-8pm EST (March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 & […]

$599

Emotions in Nonfiction Picture Books: A Two-Night Mini

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join children’s book author Heidi E.Y. Stemple and editor Eileen Robinson to explore the many ways to infuse emotion into your nonfiction picture book, and hook and inspire your readers. Tuesday, March 14 (7pm – 8:15pm EST) Thursday, March 16 (7pm – 8:15pm EST) Webinar-style program with closed captioning available and limited interaction in the […]

$59

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

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Six-Week Online Course with Pre-recorded Lectures, and Live Discussion/Q & A/Writing Exercises Mold your middle grade or young adult novel into the story only you can tell, with senior literary agent and writer Linda Epstein. Pre-recorded lectures released on Fridays (March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14) Live sessions via Zoom (with discussion/Q […]

$699

Intro to Verse Novels: A Virtual Tour of Limitations and Liberations of Verse Novels

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Join verse novelist Cordelia Jensen for a five-week online course to explore the fundamentals, celebrations, and challenges of writing novels in verse. You’ll be introduced to using this form to its utmost advantage, while taking into consideration the general foundations of storytelling. Live Lectures (with closed captioning) Tuesdays at 1 – 2:30pm EST (April 18, […]

$499

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing: Illustrator’s Edition

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Join lead faculty Pat Cummings and Harold Underdown for this special Illustrator's 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. 9 weeks […]

$499

Whole Novel Historical: A Virtual Course for Historical Novelists

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

The Highlights Foundation 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 a private consultation provided.

$2199

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Join lead faculty Harold Underdown and special guests for a Crash Course in Children's Publishing. At the end of the course, you will understand how the children’s book publishing industry works, including submitting, publishing, marketing a book for children, teens, or young adults, and beginning ideas about craft and critique. 10 weeks […]

$499

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course (Fall)

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Join novelist Jennifer Gennari for this six-week online course to build the skills needed to revise and enrich your novel. The course features live sessions with faculty, structured assignments, community interaction, and goal-setting. Live Lectures (with closed captioning) Wednesdays at 7-8pm EST (October 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, & […]

$599

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.

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