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Give a Highlights Foundation Gift Certificate If you know someone who dreams of writing or illustrating for children, you can help them take a step in the right direction by giving them a Highlights Foundation gift certificate. Purchase any denomination you like and your recipient can use it towards a formal workshop or unworkshop time […]

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat January 2018

With Carolyn P. Yoder

January 28 - February 4, 2018

A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven days and evenings to write, relax, eat, play, and then write some more.

Everything You Need To Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2018

With Harold Underdown, Leah Henderson, Bobbie Combs and David Richardson

March 22 - 25, 2018

Join us for a special weekend: start writing or revising your children’s book and learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry! This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with submitting, producing, […]

Novel Writing with Patti Gauch 2018

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, 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 Successful Author Visits 2018

With Peter P. Jacobi, Carmen Oliver, Jan Cheripko and Andrea J. Loney

April 29 - May 4, 2018

Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits are a powerful way to get your book into the hands of readers. But how do you take what you’ve written or illustrated and turn it into an attention-grabbing presentation for kids? In “Crafting Successful Author Visits,” you will learn […]

Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction 2018

With Deborah Heiligman, Barbara Kerley, Elizabeth Partridge, Carolyn P. Yoder, Susan Campbell Bartoletti and Catherine Frank

May 7 - 12, 2018

Learn narrative nonfiction storytelling skills and get the feedback you need to complete your revision. Please check back soon for more details!

Filling the Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and Revision 2018

With Emma D. Dryden, Pat Cummings, Yesenia Flores Diaz, Lisa Cinelli and Kevin Lewis

May 12 - 17, 2018

Under the guidance of Emma Dryden you’ll prepare your manuscript for submission and gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of writing for children. Please check back soon for more details! Also, please note that we are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction 2018

With Laura Ruby, Anne Ursu, Christine Heppermann and Tina Wexler

May 13 - 20, 2018

Designed for anyone with a complete or near-complete draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in fantasy or speculative fiction. Do you write children’s or YA fantasy? Alternate history? Science fiction? Magical realism? Paranormal romance? Fairy tale retellings? Horror? Bring it to The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction! Who should […]

Retell, Revisit, Reimagine: Writing Fresh Fairy Tales and Folklore for Older Readers 2018

With Anna-Marie McLemore and Julie C. Dao

May 18 - 20, 2018

Explore ways to harness the enduring appeal of fairy tales in your own work with Retell, Revisit, Reimagine: Writing Fresh Fairy Tales and Folklore for Older Readers | May 18 - 20, 2018.

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 2018

With Darcy Pattison, Leslie Helakoski, Kelly Bennett and Natalia Remis

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 […]

Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers 2018

With Laurie Calkhoven and Wiley Blevins

June 10 - 13, 2018

Gain understanding of the unique needs of books for children transitioning to independent readers. Please check back soon for more details! We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Connecting Source to Story: Mining the World for Your Fiction 2018

With Ashley Hope Pérez, Alisa Alering and Edith Campbell

June 14 - 18, 2018

Writers of historical, contemporary, or speculative fiction: Join Ashley Hope Pérez for a look into the authentic sources for fiction. Are you interested in more authentically incorporating the lived experiences of people from varied cultures, communities, and time periods? Do you want to discover fresh ways into all kinds of stories, whether you write historical, […]

Writing Mysteries for Middle Grade, Chapter Books, and Series 2018

With Dian Curtis Regan

June 17 - 20, 2018

MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERIES 2018 | JUNE 17 – JUNE 21, 2018 For writers eager to begin or complete a mystery for middle grade readers. Children love to cozy up with a good mystery. What they love even more is finding out that the clever characters in Book One have more stories to tell. In this […]

Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2018

With K.L. Going and Clara Gillow Clark

June 21 - 24, 2018

Get feedback on your novel AND guidance about your writing career from two experienced authors with great teaching and editing experience. This course is for you if: You are interested in writing novels for children and want to know how to get started. You have a novel in progress, and want expert feedback. You have […]

Beginning STEPS to Writing Historical Fiction 2018

With Joyce Hostetter

June 21 - 24, 2018

Give your historical fiction novel a strong start by learning the fundamentals of this popular genre. Please check back soon for more details. We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Writing for the Educational Market 2018

With Jan Fields and Paula Morrow

June 24 - 28, 2018

Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational market! If the words “educational market” make you think of boring workbooks and textbooks, it’s time to think again! Today’s educational publishers are eager to see lively nonfiction, fast-paced fiction, poetry, and more. The rules […]

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 […]

Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2018

With Larry Dane Brimner, Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace, Carole Boston Weatherford and Peter P. Jacobi

July 15 - 19, 2018

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events are more important now than ever. Our master class explores nonfiction from many angles: the editorial, […]

Illustration Intensive 2018

With Elizabeth Rose Stanton

July 20 - 23, 2018

ILLUSTRATION INTENSIVE 2018 | July 20 - July 23, 2018 Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and art directors who are currently in the field. Come learn new techniques and enjoy the camaraderie of artists who understand your passion. Daily hands-on activities […]

Revision Retreat 2018

With Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson

August 3 - 7, 2018

Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing. In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and help writers try them out on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to optional […]

Nuts & Bolts of Science Writing 2018

With Jennifer Swanson and Miranda Paul

August 8 - 12, 2018

Energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction writing that shines the light on exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. You love science and our world, and want to share your knowledge and passion with kids. How do you accomplish it? Learn the dynamics of engaging fiction and nonfiction science-based writing for children and […]

Whole Novel Workshop MG/YA 2018

With Sarah Aronson, Nancy Werlin, A.M. Jenkins, Jennifer Jacobson, Nicole Valentine and Rob Costello

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 […]

The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms 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 […]

Women in the Woods

September 6 - 9, 2018

$129 per day per person.  40 people, Thurs. to Sun. 15 ppl extend their stay till Monday.

The Journey: Your Path to Publication 2018

With Don Tate and Carmen Oliver

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 […]

Women in the Woods Extra Day

September 9 - 10, 2018

Getting to Know Your Picture Book 2018

With Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Heidi Stemple, Lisa Cinelli and Rubin Pfeffer

September 13 - 16, 2018

Give your picture book the special attention it deserves by pairing an activity-based web series with our guided picture book retreat. Please check back soon for more details. We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels 2018

With Micol Ostow

September 30 - October 3, 2018

BOOKS WITH BITE WORKSHOP AND RETREAT: WRITING HORROR AND HAUNTED NOVELS 2018 | SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 3, 2018 Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.

DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell 2018

With Susan Campbell Bartoletti and Mitali Perkins

September 30 - October 3, 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 […]

Beginners Class in World Building and World Conjuring 2018

With Cori McCarthy

October 4 - 7, 2018

Explore ways to help ground and stretch readers within fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism.     Please check back soon for more details. We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

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 […]

Writing for All Young Readers: Board Books through MG Series 2018

With Kelly Starling Lyons, Gwendolyn Hooks and Kristy Dempsey

October 7 - 9, 2018

OPPORTUNITIES IN PRINT FOR LITTLE READERS: BOARD BOOKS TO CHAPTER BOOK SERIES 2018 | OCTOBER 7 – OCTOBER 9, 2018 | Please check back soon for more details on this workshop; we are still adding faculty too!

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children 2018

With Georgia Heard, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Rebecca Davis

October 14 - 18, 2018

If you have a passion for writing children’s poetry, then please join us. Beginning poets, seasoned writers, teachers, and dreamers are all welcome. Would you love to work in an intimate setting with published poets, make new friends, and immerse yourself in writing poetry and working on the craft? Then this workshop is for you. […]

Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Picture Book Biography and Narrative Nonfiction 2018

With Tod Olson and Leda Schubert

October 18 - 21, 2018

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads.     Please check back soon for more details. We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Elements of Plot with Grace Lin and Padma Venkatraman 2018

With Grace Lin and Padma Venkatraman

October 21 - 24, 2018

Find your way through your novel, from point to point and place to place.     Please check back soon for more details. We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

Writing Cross-Culturally 2018

October 28 - 31, 2018

WRITING CROSS-CULTURALLY 2018 | OCTOBER 28 – OCTOBER 31, 2018 Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.

Writing Retreat 2018

November 1 - 4, 2018

RITING RETREAT 2018 | NOVEMBER 1 – NOVEMBER 4, 2018 Please check back soon for more details on this workshop.

Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2018

With Chris Tebbetts, Julie Berry, Hannnah Barnaby and Aubrey Poole

November 4 - 8, 2018

An intimate workshop for middle grade and young adult 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 […]