Join this 3-night/4-day writing retreat designed for authors who are crafting books for kids and teens that center their lived experiences in areas of trauma, mental health, grief, and beyond.
About the Program
We believe there is hope in harnessing the transformative power of storytelling. Explore therapeutic writing techniques that enable you to create narratives that empower and uplift, offering young audiences valuable insights and resilience in the face of adversity.
The program includes:
- Presentations from authors Amy King, Padma Venkatraman, Heather Demetrios, and author & mental health professional Bethany Walker. (Additional support to come.)
- Opportunities for group discussion and peer-to-peer connections.
- Introductory activities to establish safety protocols, provide story/sharing content warnings, and details about connecting with our on-site support staff.
How It’s Structured
This is a lightly scheduled program with optional/informal group activities (like meditation, stretching, and fireside chats). There will be one keynote presentation each day. There will be an abundance of writing and retreat time; please bring your stories.
Upon registration you will be asked to provide your goals and a brief bio for the program. Both items will only be shared with your faculty and staff. The questions are an effort, pre-retreat, to ensure that your goals and needs can be well-served by the content that will be offered during the workshop in a non-clinical setting.
- A Collection of Support from the Faculty of Writing Stories to Empower Through Trauma
- #HFGather: Writing About Trauma and Grief for Kids
- Conveying and Understanding Emotions Through Powerful Poetry: A Verse Novel Example
- Highlights Foundation Receives a $50K Grant from Hawthornden Foundation to Support In-Community Retreaets
- Rebecca Dykes Writers
Thank you to Rebecca Dykes Writers for providing one full scholarship and travel to this important program. To learn more about Rebecca Dykes Writers, please visit: rebeccadykeswriters.org.
Hope Through Storytelling
Authors who craft books for young people dealing with themes of trauma, mental health, grief, and beyond, do so to give kids a gift—the gift of transformative authenticity, representation, hope, empowerment, and inspiration through difficulties.