Nonfiction

The Art and Craft of Nature Writing and Illustration 2017

With Julie Zickefoose, Kate Garchinsky and Laurence Pringle

October 8 - 11, 2017

Discover nature and stories through guided observations, research, and mentoring. In order to help children and young adults foster a connection with the natural world, we must be truly connected as adults. We owe it to the world – the Earth – to share this connection, this gift with our children. It is our responsibility […]

The Fundamentals of Writing Biography 2017

With Bethany Hegedus and Cynthia Levinson

October 19 - 22, 2017

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Now is the time to capture stories that reflect the human experience. What better way to engage a reader than to show them real history shapers, makers, and changers in biographies? Join Bethany Hegedus and Cynthia Levinson as they explore the […]

Digital Storytelling: Techniques for Creating Engaging Experiences on Screens 2017

With Warren Buckleitner, Kate Wilson and Katie Paciga

October 22 - 24, 2017

Join us to review the “dust” and the “magic” of the latest children’s digital products, with an emphasis on language, literacy, and digital storytelling. Workshops and/or demos of the latest apps will be given by Warren Buckleitner. Special guest presenters will be Kate Wilson CEO of Nosy Crow; Dr. Katie Paciga from Columbia College and […]

DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper to Sell 2017

With Mitali Perkins and Susan Campbell Bartoletti

October 26 - 29, 2017

For published and pre-published authors who have a novel that needs to be renovated for sale. Have a fixer-upper manuscript? One with good bones but in need of some TLC? Then this workshop is for you! Join authors Mitali Perkins and Susan Campbell Bartoletti as they guide you through renovation boot camp. Each morning will […]

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat January 2018

With Carolyn P. Yoder

January 28 - February 4, 2018

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven days and evenings to write, relax, eat, play, and then write some more.

Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2018

With Denise Fleming and Ashley Wolff

April 26 - 29, 2018

Keynotes, workshops and a creative mentor to provide one-on-one support. The Highlights Foundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than with s’mores by the campfire and hiking in the woods (although those adventures are always on our schedule, too). To us, summer camp is a time to find the kind of encouragement for your writing […]

Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2018

July 15 - 19, 2018

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events are more important now than ever. Our master class explores nonfiction from many angles: the editorial, […]

Master class 2018

With Patricia Lee Gauch and Shari Becker

July 15 - 19, 2018

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events are more important now than ever. Our master class explores nonfiction from many angles: the editorial, […]

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat August 2018

With Carolyn P. Yoder

August 19 - 26, 2018

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven days and evenings to write, relax, eat, play, and then write some more.