Date and Time Details: Begins Sunday, September 24, with dinner, and ends Wednesday, September 27, with lunch, followed by an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press at 1:30 p.m.

  • $1,195.00 – Program Price

The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2017

With Carmen Oliver, Don Tate, Floyd Cooper and Kelly Starling Lyons

September 24 - 27, 2017

Engagement, collaboration, mentorship, and a rekindling of joy in your path to publication.

We’ve all quoted Emerson a time or two: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” But things get a bit less philosophical on our path to publication, don’t they? Suddenly we are so focused on the end…the destination…the PUBLICATION…that the journey becomes an obstacle we just need to overcome.

Don Tate could tell you a bit about obstacles on the journey to publication, but he will also be the first to tell you about the need to savor the process, about waiting and working and reworking and relearning all along the way. His journey to publication and award-winning author is a lesson in appreciating the process.

During The Journey you will look at the benchmarks in the path toward publication and discover ways to set goals for yourself with each project. Our mornings will start with a general session from Don or one of his special guests to learn more about the children’s book market, as well as the essentials of writing for young children. You’ll also enjoy writing exercises on character, poetry, pitches, and mining your childhood memories.

We promise three days of engagement, collaboration, mentorship, and a rekindling of joy in your path to publication. Let us help you on your journey and join us for this inspiring workshop.

This workshop includes:

  • One-on-one manuscript critiques
  • Daily writing and revising time
  • Daily sessions on craft
  • A sample of Don’s school visit with critique from Carmen Oliver
  • Building your personal goal-setting around your project

Who should attend:

  • Authors and illustrators serious about writing a picture book
  • Anyone who wants a framework for getting from idea to submission

View sample schedule (from 2016 workshop)

Faculty blog posts:
Faculty Interview: Don Tate
Faculty Interview: Carmen Oliver
Don Tate: Get It Right With Research
Carmen Oliver: Believing After 10+ Rejections

About the Leaders

Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver is the author of picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies about which Kirkus said, “Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading,” as well as the forthcoming nonfiction picture book The Favio Chavez Story. In 2014, she founded […]

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Don Tate

Don Tate

Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including The Cart That Carried Martin(Charlesbridge); Hope’s Gift (Penguin); Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge); and Ron’s Big Mission(Penguin). His most recent illustrated titles include The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans, 2015); and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge, 2016). Don is also the […]

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Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper is the Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator of more than 60 books for children. Floyd started his career in illustration at Hallmark, after a successful career in the industrial side of art, he made the leap into picture books with Eloise Greenfield’s Grandpa’s Face. Since then Floyd has worked with bestselling authors including: […]

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Kelly Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book,NEATE: Eddie’s Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen’s Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection and […]

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