Date and Time Details: Begins Sunday, October 8 with dinner and ends Wednesday, October 11 with lunch, followed by an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press at 1:30 p.m.

  • $1,099.00 – Program Price

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 to meet our children where they are, cut through the noise of their daily lives, and appeal to their natural sense of wonder. Our work is an invitation, and it must be evocative. To accomplish this, let’s take a few days away from our own distractions and blaze trails together through these deep, dark woods. Let’s connect with nature in the 1,300 acres of land surrounding the Highlights Foundation’s retreat center.

Our workshop for nature writers and illustrators offers four days of immersion in the art and craft of writing about the natural world. Through nature-journaling workshops, lectures, one-on-one manuscript critiques, and ample writing time, this workshop will give you the tools and insights you need to create engaging children’s books.

This workshop will help you:

  • Use basic tools and techniques for nature observation and journaling
  • Identify solid nature story ideas for various children’s publishing markets
  • Work with experts to improve the accuracy and depth of your writing

Our goal is to make the event inclusive to both writers and illustrators. Nature journaling crosses over both disciplines and benefits all creativity, no matter what the medium. Writers will get to draw, and artists will get to write with absolutely no pressure. It’s all about learning to see, to observe more, and pay attention to all our senses.

About the Leaders

Julie Zickerfoose

Julie Zickefoose

Julie Zickefoose is an illustrator of natural history subjects. Her books include Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. Bird Watcher’s Digest has been a major print venue for her writing since 1986, and she’s painted 27 covers for the magazine. Julie […]

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Kate Garchingsky

Kate Garchinsky

Kate Garchinsky is Philadelphia-area illustrator of children’s books and educational media. Her debut picture book,The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, will be published by Boyds Mills Press in March 2017. She has since signed on to illustrate two more of Pringle’s books for Boyds Mills in the Secret […]

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Laurence Pringle

Laurence Pringle

Winner of several prestigious national awards, Laurence Pringle is one of the most popular and honored authors of nonfiction books for children. In 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for science writing. This led to Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution, published in 2011. Larry’s titles include history (two Lewis […]

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