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Whole Novel Workshop: A Virtual Course for Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Apply for this transformative opportunity to have your 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 is for any writer of a middle grade or young adult novel. Details include: 10-week online course + Whole Novel review and […]

$2199

Disability Representation in Picture Book Illustration: A Two-Night Mini

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join illustrators Kaz Windness and Katie Mazeika to learn more about representing disabled characters through illustration.  While this is not a full workshop, our goal is that over two 75-minute sessions, we can center the importance of illustrating inclusive picture books with a focus on disability representation. Tuesday, May 7, […]

$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 Mold your middle grade or young adult novel, or novel in verse, into the story only you can tell, with senior literary agent, freelance editor, and author Linda Epstein. This program includes pre-recorded lectures, live discussion, writing exercises, two included 1:1 meetings with Linda to discuss your work in progress, […]

$699

Writing with Pride: A Two-Night Mini for Picture Book Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Picture books can be filled with Pride!  Join celebrated authors Lesléa Newman and Rob Sanders for this short course designed to bring LGBTQIA2S+ creators and their allies together to study the craft of picture books, and build confidence to create picture books with LGBTQIA2S+ characters and or/themes. The two […]

$59

The Untapped Influence of Secondary Characters: A Two-Night Mini for Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Secondary characters play a vital role in storytelling, enriching the narrative in ways that are often overlooked. While protagonists drive the plot forward and capture our attention, secondary characters provide depth, complexity, and nuance to the fictional world. Join author Sarah Aronson to explore one of her favorite topics: The […]

$59

From Pencil or Paint to Pixel: A Two-Night Mini for Beginning Illustrators

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Beginning illustrators can join children’s book author/illustrator Courtney Pippin-Mathur to talk about approaches to using different media (traditional and/or digital) in your illustrations. Special guest Aram Kim will join us the second day for ten tips about submitting work to an art director (traditional and/or digital). This program is a great fit if you’re […]

$59

Graphic Novels for Beginners: A Two-Night Mini for Writers and Illustrators

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Do you have an idea for a graphic novel for kids or teens?  Or do you have an idea, and you're wondering if the graphic novel form is the right medium to tell it?  Join Emily Rosenthal and Cynthia Yuan Cheng to begin your journey of transforming ideas into […]

$59

Take Your Idea from Story to Chapter Book: A Two-Night Mini

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Chapter books and chapter book series engage kids with relatable characters, engaging plots, and age-appropriate stories. Join Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen to build your knowledge about the beloved genre of chapter books to write a story that resonates. This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course […]

$59

Writing with Pride: A Two-Night Mini for Young Adult Horror Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Young adult readers love horror novels–they are safe spaces to explore humanity's fears. For many queer and questioning readers, YA horror is a safe space for much more. Join young adult authors Anna-Marie McLemore and Rob Costello for this short course for writers looking to create space in their horror and […]

$59

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

Picture Book Plotting from A to Z: A 5-Week Online Course for Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview An Online Course with Pre-recorded & Written Lectures, Writing Exercises, and Live Discussions with Q&A Are you ready to do a deep, deep dive into picture book structure? This online course with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen features pre-recorded and/or written lectures, along with assignments for each letter of the "Picture Book Alphabet," plus weekly LIVE Zoom […]

$499

Writing for the Educational Market: A 6-Week Online Program

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course Whether you're an emerging writer, a seasoned educator, or someone looking to expand your reach in the educational market, this multi-week program will equip you with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate the ed market landscape and effectively submit work to educational publishers. Led by professionals in the educational market […]

$499

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A 3-Part Online Course Connecting with your readers is an important part of a storyteller's life. Join George Jreije and guests to develop your virtual school visit, and put your plan into action with a scheduled school visit! You'll blend who you are as a storyteller with resonant content and materials to create genuine […]

$599

Income Streams for Illustrators: A Two-Night Mini

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting in the industry, understanding the opportunities available for sharing the joy (and income benefits of) your art is part of a successful illustration career. Join illustrators Leeza Hernandez and Courtney Pippin-Mathur to gain valuable insights into the world of school visits, teaching, licensing, and tips […]

$59

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course

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, goal-setting, and a special visit to discuss line editing in action. Live Lectures (with closed captioning) Tuesdays at 7-8pm Eastern […]

$599

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A 3-Part Online Cooperative This supportive program takes all creatives (nonfiction or fiction, picture books, novels, essays, and more) from goal-stating to finished drafts. Together, we’ll move through live sessions, writing prompts, studio dates, daily inspirations, check-ins, and feedback with Sarah Aronson, Chris Tebbetts, Daria Peoples, and special guests Diana Ma and Meera Trehan. This […]

$499

From Idea & Sketch to Dummy & Submission: An Author/Illustrator Online Course

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview Multi-Week Online Course If you are illustrating AND writing your own book, and wondering how to prepare your submission, this is the course for you. You will focus on the craft of writing and illustrating a picture book with an intense level of feedback from faculty Courtney Pippin-Mathur and special guests, Natasha Khan Kazi […]

$599

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

Revising Your Novel in Verse: An Online Course

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

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 thrilled […]

$699

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