Novels

Books With Bite Workshop And Retreat: Writing Horror And Haunted Novels 2017

With Micol Ostow and Nova Ren Suma

October 4 - 8, 2017

In this unique four-day workshop, you will have your work critiqued, produce new pages, and come away with solid direction for your novel. Horror and heart-pounding suspense… Ghost stories and serial killers…Psychological thrillers, Gothic tales, dark magical realism, and the occult. Dark and twisty kidlit has enjoyed a recent revival. If you’re writing a young […]

The Joke’s On You! The Scoop On Humor, Middle Grade through YA 2017

With Cynthia Leitich Smith, Uma Krishnaswami, Elizabeth Harding, Ginger Knowlton and Sean Petrie

October 12 - 15, 2017

Learn to manipulate humor in your writing, grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your story. In this hands-on workshop designed for intermediate-level writers of middle grade through young adult, participants will use a range of classic and contemporary published work as well as workshop manuscripts to study the many […]

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 […]

Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2017

With Chris Tebbetts, Elise Broach and Aubrey Poole

October 25 - 29, 2017

An intimate workshop for middle grade 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 written most of […]

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 […]

Master Class: Understanding “Close Third” Point of View 2017

With Patricia Lee Gauch and Shari Becker

November 2 - 5, 2017

Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Gain confidence in the “close third,” an intimate and emotionally powerful point of view. From Jane Austen and Mark Twain to Kate Di Camillo and J. K. Rowling, a great variety of authors use “close” or “personal” third to move […]

Getting to Know Your Novel With Sarah Aronson 2018

With Sarah Aronson and Cori McCarthy

January 8 - 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 […]

Novel Writing with Patti Gauch

With Patricia Lee Gauch

March 25 - 31, 2018

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Whole Novel Workshop MG/YA 2018

With Sarah Aronson

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 […]