Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

In-Person | Essential Conversations, In-Community Retreats
The third annual Asian and Asian American Voices retreat celebrates the vibrant world of Asian and Asian American voices in children's and young adult literature.

May 2 - May 5

Highlights Foundation Campus


This retreat is currently waitlisted. You can join the waitlist here. We are also holding scholarship spots; find more info about applying for a scholarship here.

About the Program

Join hosts Grace Lin and Debbi Michiko Florence, and fellow storytellers for this in-community retreat where much of the time is for your own creativity.

How It’s Structured

Grace and Debbi will offer limited programming in the evenings, while a majority of the time is meant for you to create, retreat, and connect with fellow storytellers. (Additional hosts will be announced soon.)

There is limited availability to come 1-3 days early. If this works for you, please select accordingly at registration.

Special Guests


May 2 - May 5


Highlights Foundation Campus

362 Boyds Mills Road
Milanville, PA 18443

The Highlights Foundation strives for a safe and inclusive environment. You will have access to our Community Standards prior to the workshop where we ask for your respectful engagement with fellow creatives, including our faculty and staff.


All in-person Highlights Foundation workshops and retreats (including this one) are held at our Retreat Center: The Barn at Boyds Mills.  This site was the home of the original founders of Highlights for Children Garry and Caroline Myers, and is located in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania on the traditional and contemporary lands of the Lenape Nation.

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Shuttle service is included from the local airport and bus stations, or you can park on site. You’ll receive more information about logistics after you register.

Our Mission in Action

Share Your Story, Inspire a Child
Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit
Partners & Sponsors

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.