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 that only a generous mentor can provide. Our camp offers someone to guide you through the long process of publication and a place to work one-on-one with a published author on fine-tuning your words and mastering your pitches in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
This year’s summer camp will kick off each morning with an inspiring keynote, followed by an hour and a half of one-on-one mentorship. Your writing mentor for the week will offer broad critiques of your writing as well as immediate feedback on work produced at camp. Your mentor will support your goals for the week, whether you want to flush out one piece for submission or identify the strongest concept for your work-in-progress. Our goal is to meet your needs by providing one-on-one support each day of camp.
Conferees will also find time to meet with other members of our faculty for guidance in the submission process, including query-writing basics and overviews of the current children’s book market. We know, however, that the most important piece of the publication puzzle is developing your writing muscle. That’s why we’ve dedicated plenty of time for you to work on your craft in the comfort of your private accommodations.
There will be 10 breakout sessions throughout the week led by an editor, agent, author, or illustrator. Each break out session is designed to help you grow as a writer through hands-on exercises. You pick the sessions that most appeal to you. Our faculty will cover topics such as:
- Creating rich characters
- Developing voice
- Constructing believable settings
- Word choice
- Transforming stories from didactic to child-friendly
- Structuring plot
- And much more!
This experience is not to be missed for any writer who is looking to experience the generosity of creative mentorship that only the Highlights Foundation can give.
About the Leaders
Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee Fake ID, the 2016 Edgar® Award NomineeEndangered, a third, currently untitled YA novel from HarperCollins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel Overturned from Scholastic Press. Lamar Giles is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his wife. Check him out online at www.lamargiles.com or […]Learn more about Lamar Giles
ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE Anna-Marie McLemore (she/her) was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. She is the author of The Weight of Feathers, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award, and 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the […]Learn more about Anna-Marie McLemore
Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has authored more than 40 picture books and novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Thunder at Gettysburg; This Time, Tempe Wick?; and Christina Katerina and the Box. Her most recent title, The Knitting of […]Learn more about Patricia Lee Gauch
Peter is professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University and a consultant with magazines and corporations, helping CEOs, writers, and editors learn to express their ideas more effectively. His articles have appeared in World Book, the New York Times, Highlights,and others. His two guidebooks, The Magazine Article: How to Think It, Plan It, Write It […]Learn more about Peter P. Jacobi
Lindsay Barrett George was born in the West Indies and grew up in New Jersey. She received a BFA degree from Manhattanville College (after having spent a year at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston) and an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in drawing and printmaking. After her […]Learn more about Lindsay Barrett George