Books That Rise Above 2012

< Return to Workshops October 5 – October 7, 2012
Patricia Gauch

Patricia Lee Gauch

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has authored more than 40 picture books and novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Thunder at Gettysburg; This Time, Tempe Wick?; and Christina Katerina and the Box. Her most recent title, The Knitting of Elizabeth Amelia, was published in fall 2009. Patti holds a doctorate in English literature, has taught children’s literature on the college level, and has reviewed for the New York Times.

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Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She was nine years old when she saw her words published for the first time: a haiku in Trailblazer magazine.
In the green forest
A sparkling, bright blue pond hides.
And animals drink.

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Leonard Marcus

Leonard Marcus

Leonard Marcus is a rare bird: a renowned historian and critic and one of the children’s book world’s liveliest writers and speakers.  Leonard is one of the most trusted critics in the field. His incisive book reviews appeared in every issue of Parenting magazine magazine for 21 years.

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Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman’s work spans picture books to novels, fiction and nonfiction. Deborah began her career writing for children at Scholastic News. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, published in January, 2009, received five starred reviews, as well as a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor book, and won the first ever YALSA excellence in nonfiction award.

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Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird, children’s librarian at the Children’s Center at the 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library system, has served on the Newbery Award committee, written reviews for Horn Book, and contributes to the School Library Journal.

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Workshop Description

Tens of thousands of manuscripts cross the desks of children’s book editors every year. Only a few thousand rise above the rest to make their way to library and bookstore shelves. Fewer still end up on awards lists or become “evergreen”—books that continue to sell long after their “pub date.” A handful make their way onto “best books” lists, and of those, only a few will become “classics”—books that will be read by generation after generation of children. Before one can raise the level of his or her writing and illustrating, one must understand how excellence in children’s literature is measured. This colloquium is for serious writers—those willing to leave their manuscripts at home and spend a weekend looking at how high the bar really is when it comes to excellence in children’s literature. Join an exquisite panel of children’s literature’s best, including Linda Sue Park, Deborah Heiligman, Leonard S. Marcus, Patricia Lee Gauch, and Elizabeth Bird as they share with you the secrets to make your books rise above the rest.

Workshop Information

Begins Oct. 5 Friday at 6 p.m. with dinner; ends Oct. 7 after lunch. Writers who want to understand the elements of excellence in children’s literature.

Event Cost: $695

“The experience was so friendly, inviting, welcoming, it made me an even greater fan of Highlights and all that Highlights embodies.”

Kelly Barson