Picture Books

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

With Denise Fleming, Ashley Wolff and Judy Schachner

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 […]

Crafting a Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Incubator for Illustrators 2018

With Floyd Cooper and Melanie Hall

May 24 - 27, 2018

Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for submission. Check back soon for details! Also, please note that we are still adding faculty to this workshop.

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz | June 7 – June 10, 2018

With Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski

June 7 - 10, 2018

Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers. Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories that sell means going beyond a fun idea. In addition to structure, word choice, and plot, have you considered voice, style, rhythm, layout, rhyme, audience, tone, and sound? This workshop with award-winning picture book authors […]

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

With Lamar Giles, Anna-Marie McLemore, Patricia Lee Gauch and Peter P. Jacobi

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 […]

The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms | August 26 – August 29, 2018

With Bethany Hegedus, Carmen Oliver and Salina Yoon

August 26 - 29, 2018

Crafting Characters, Storyboarding with an Illustrator Eye, Revising Strategies, Stand-out Submissions, School Visits, and MORE The word count may be short, but the work is long. Let celebrated picture book authors Bethany Hegedus, Salina Yoon, and Carmen Oliver help you navigate the ins and outs of the picture book form. This hands-on workshop will help […]

The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2018

September 9 - 12, 2018

THE JOURNEY: YOUR PATH TO PUBLICATION 2018 | SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 Get serious about writing that picture book—and set reachable goals to move you towards publication. When creative people get too focused on “getting published,” their work can suffer. They become so focused on the destination, on looking for short cuts, on […]

Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth 2018

With Tim Gillner

October 5 - 7, 2018

A down-to-earth, hands-on workshop for the illustrator who’s looking for the inside track, packed with valuable pointers and solid advice. Picture book illustration is a highly competitive field. Art directors and editors are not only looking for the illustrator with the right style for a particular book. The edge goes to the professional who’s confident […]