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Writing from the Heart 2014 | May 18 – May 25

 “Writing does take a lot of discipline if it’s to go anywhere, but none of it is arduous. It is all personally enriching and deeply satisfying. I find writing to be hard work, but at the same time consider myself blessed in that my work is also my greatest pleasure.”

—Joy Cowley, Writing from the Heart: How to Write for Children

Writing from the Heart is a week-long study of children’s books for early readers. You will learn about the needs of the children’s book and magazine markets as well as the wants of young readers and their developmental milestones. Your craft will benefit from sessions on mining your memories, the picture-book process, developing plot, and revision techniques for limited word count.

Join Joy Cowley and Suzanne Bloom, writer and illustrator of the Goose and Bear books, as they guide you along on a writer’s journey through the heart. With thoughtful guidance and powerful dialogues, you will learn what it truly means to write from your heart with humor, compassion, and childlike wonder.

Guest faculty member Kathleen Hayes, editor of Highlights High Five™, will offer a fresh perspective on writing for magazines. This inspiring workshop provides plenty of time for one-on-one discussions to help shape your early-reader manuscript into a polished and saleable story.

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