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Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course March 2016 | March 17 – March 20, 2016

Join us for a long weekend to start writing your children’s book and learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry!


  • Tour the offices of Boyds Mills Press and Highlights for Children
  • Welcome dinner followed by faculty show-and-tell


  • Overview of children’s book & magazine publishers, markets & genres
  • Best practices for submitting, conferences, critique groups
  • Agents, rights and contracts
  • Writing practice exercises
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Dinner, followed by an interactive talk by author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George


  • What happens after you sign a contact; inside the publisher
  • What publishers are publishing
  • Magazines, Illustration and Self-publishing
  • Writing practice exercises
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Dinner, followed by a talk from novelist Jo Knowles


  • Becoming a professional writer
  • Resources and plans to help you move forward
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Time to answer individual questions

If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. We’ll guide you through the processes of creating, submitting and selling a book or magazine article, provide you with a one-on-one review of your manuscript and answer all of your questions. Here’s a look at last year’s schedule.

In addition to giving you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works, we’ll give you some actual writing practice. Through exercises, writing prompts and instruction by our editors, you can begin to shape and revise your ideas in preparation for submitting to publishers. Our goal is to help you learn about the business and begin to practice your craft.

Faculty blog posts:
Why Are You Keeping That Thing?
7 Quick Tips for Beginning Writers
How to Start Revising That First Draft
Getting Out of the Slush Pile
Resources for Serious Beginners

Faculty & Special Guests

"Thank you, Bobbie and Harold, for creating a workshop that was informative and encouraging. I really feel you want each and every one of us to succeed in the children’s book business. You are inspiring!"—Janet Geeza, 2015 attendee

"Thanks sooo much Harold and Bobbie – you treated us all very kindly and were supportive of our process. Also, you made outstanding use of time and provided outstanding resources and very clear information."—2015 attendee

"I came away feeling energized and affirmed that I was on the right path. The weekend was just what I needed to feel my feet firmly planted under me as I enter this new world. You and Harold packed just the right amount of information in and around inspiring speakers and casual community building time."—Lesley Higgins, 2015 attendee