Novels

Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2018

With Patricia Lee Gauch

March 25 - 31, 2018

Move your novel to the next level with guidance from editor Patricia Lee Gauch.

Getting to Know Your Novel with Sarah Aronson 2018

With Sarah Aronson, Cori McCarthy, Heather Alexander, Mary Winn Heider and Laura Sibson

April 15 - 19, 2018

Give your novel the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a guided writing retreat. We’d like to invite you to spend the first 3 months of 2018 workshopping your novel (either complete or in-progress) in this unique program led by author and writing teacher Sarah Aronson, with […]

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2018

With Laura Ruby, Anne Ursu, Christine Heppermann and Tina Wexler

May 13 - 20, 2018

Designed for anyone with a complete or near-complete draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in fantasy or speculative fiction. Do you write children’s or YA fantasy? Alternate history? Science fiction? Magical realism? Paranormal romance? Fairy tale retellings? Horror? Bring it to The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction! Who should […]

Writing Mysteries for Middle Grade, Chapter Books, and Series 2018

With Dian Curtis Regan

June 17 - 20, 2018

MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERIES 2018 | JUNE 17 – JUNE 21, 2018 For writers eager to begin or complete a mystery for middle grade readers. Children love to cozy up with a good mystery. What they love even more is finding out that the clever characters in Book One have more stories to tell. In this […]

Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2018

With K.L. Going and Clara Gillow Clark

June 21 - 24, 2018

Get feedback on your novel AND guidance about your writing career from two experienced authors with great teaching and editing experience. This course is for you if: You are interested in writing novels for children and want to know how to get started. You have a novel in progress, and want expert feedback. You have […]

Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship 2018

With Lamar Giles, Anna-Marie McLemore, Patricia Lee Gauch, Peter P. Jacobi, Linda Epstein and Lindsay Barrett George

July 8 - 13, 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 […]

Revision Retreat 2018

With Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson

August 3 - 7, 2018

Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing. In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and help writers try them out on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to optional […]

Whole Novel Workshop MG/YA 2018

With Sarah Aronson, Nancy Werlin, A.M. Jenkins, Jennifer Jacobson, Nicole Valentine and Rob Costello

August 12 - 18, 2018

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge you to look at your novel critically and to find openings and opportunities for revision. This comprehensive workshop includes one-on-one sessions, lectures, group discussions, and exercises to support and facilitate your creative process. The goal […]

Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2018

With Micol Ostow

September 30 - October 3, 2018

BOOKS WITH BITE WORKSHOP AND RETREAT: WRITING HORROR AND HAUNTED NOVELS 2018 | SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 3, 2018 Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.

DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell 2018

With Susan Campbell Bartoletti and Mitali Perkins

September 30 - October 3, 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 […]

Beginners Class in World Building and World Conjuring 2018

With Cori McCarthy

October 4 - 7, 2018

Explore ways to help ground and stretch readers within fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism.     Please check back soon for more details. We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2018

With Chris Tebbetts, Julie Berry, Hannnah Barnaby and Aubrey Poole

November 4 - 8, 2018

An intimate workshop for middle grade and young adult authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress. Whether you’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground, you’re stuck in the middle of a draft with no idea of where to go next, or you’ve […]