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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

Show, Don’t Tell: Making it Real with Sensory Details and Small Actions

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Have you ever been given the writing advice, "show, don't tell"?  Join author, agent, and freelance editor Linda Epstein to find ways to do just that in your novel.  You'll learn how rich sensory details and well-placed small actions can create vivid settings, grounded dialogue between characters, and an authentic […]

$59

Growing Readers by Growing Ourselves: Literacy Development for Authors and Educators

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course As authors, educators, and professionals who bring story to kids, we have a real responsibility to nurture a love of reading in both ourselves and the young minds we influence. In fact, both are extremely intertwined. Join us for this two-night mini course that offers professional development practices in […]

$59

Successful Strategies for Submitting Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join editor Harold Underdown to uncover strategies for successfully submitting your manuscript to agents and editors. 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. Monday, July 15, 2024 (7pm – 8:15pm […]

$59

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

Can You Feel It? Emotional Impact in Novels: A Two-Night Mini for Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join editor Eileen Robinson and author Jennifer Gennari for thoughtful discussions and writing exercises that will help you infuse emotion into your novel, deepen your characters and plot, and build an emotional journey for your readers. This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course […]

$59

Free #HFGather: Writing about Climate Change for Kids: Amplifying Black Voices for Social Justice, Racial Equity, and Caring for Our Planet

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Our children are grappling with pollution and climate-related disasters, stories can help them find hope in their world. Our storytellers will share their personal experiences and offer insight into considerations other storytellers may make, especially when it comes to the many ways in which communities of color are disproportionately affected by climate change, and how […]

Free

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

World-Building with Editor Emma D. Dryden: A Two-Night Mini

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Join editor Emma D. Dryden for an intensive look at world-building from the inside, out. 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, and loads of information. Tuesday, August 20 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern) […]

$59

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 Aram Kim, Andrea Loney, and Carmen Oliver 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 […]

$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

Becoming a Nonfiction Writer: History, Biography, STEAM, and Much More!

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview An Online Course with Live Presentations, Pre-recorded Lectures, Writing Exercises, and Q&A You are ready to begin your work in writing nonfiction for children and teens. But where should you start? Join celebrated authors Jennifer Swanson and Teresa Robeson as they guide you through a wide range of aspects of writing nonfiction for children […]

$499

Practical Matters in Children’s Book Publishing: A Two-Night Mini with Editor Harold Underdown

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A Two-Night Mini Online Course Getting started in the children’s book industry can be confusing. Beyond the skills needed to craft a great story, there is much to learn as you aspire to write and/or illustrate professionally and publish for kids and teens. After nearly three decades in children’s books, editor Harold Underdown has much […]

$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

Chapter by Chapter: An Online Program for Chapter Book Writers

Online 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

Overview A 4-Week Online Course for Chapter Book Writers Chapter books engage young minds like no other stories can.  Readers start a journey with your character in Chapter One, and then yearn for more with each page turn until they finish your entire book!  (And maybe even your entire series!) Join Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen to build […]

$599

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