Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

In-Person | Essential Conversations, In-Community Retreats
Immerse yourself in a supportive space that honors the diverse voices and storytelling traditions of Indigenous peoples, fostering an environment that strengthens the bonds of community and heritage through the power of storytelling.

August 21 - August 25

Highlights Foundation Campus

$1050

“Time with fellow Native creatives helps sustain me along this author’s journey. I look forward to a weekend together to share our stories, write, create art, and talk practically about how we navigate the publishing industry.”

—Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation)

Join this 4-night/5-day writing retreat designed for Native and Indigenous Voices who (or who aspire to) write, illustrate, or tell stories for children and young adults.
 

About the Program

Immerse yourself in a supportive space that honors the diverse voices and storytelling traditions of indigenous peoples, fostering an environment that strengthens the bonds of community and heritage through the power of storytelling.

How It’s Structured

This is a lightly scheduled program with optional/informal group activities.  You can bring multiple projects with you at all stages of their process so that you can decide what you’d like to work on while you are at the retreat.

In addition, Traci Sorell will lead evening discussions about creative work for children, the publishing industry, and ways to support one another in our community. (More hosts will be invited to share the evening discussions with Traci.)

You’ll be asked to provide a response to the following questions upon registration:

  • What is/are the Native Nation(s) that you are affiliated?
  • How is your work (past, present, and/or future) connected to and representative of your community?

There is limited availability to come 1 or 2 days early. If this works for you, please select accordingly at registration.

Special Guests

DETAILS

August 21 - August 25

$1050

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.

LOCATION

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
Scholarships
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.