This list focuses on intensive workshops and retreats for serious writers of children’s literature. The retreats and workshops listed here are not MFA or long-term programs. These are one-day to two-week programs focusing on craft. Although many of these workshops are led by editors or agents, the focus is on the craft of writing children’s and young adult literature. If you are looking for a MFA program in writing for young readers, this list may help you.

If you see your name here and would prefer to be introduced differently, please contact me.

NOTE: Many of these retreats or workshops have registration deadlines far in advance of the workshop. Please note/verify the deadline to register/apply. *Many of these retreats or workshops are by application only.

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2018 Retreats & Writing Workshops

AUGUST 9-11: 10MINCON, CINCINNATTI, OH

James Scott Bell—Author/Writing Coach
Janice Hardy—Author/Founder, Fiction University
Donald Maass—Author/Literary Agent/Founder, Maass Literary Agency

AUGUST 27-31: TABLE ROCK WRITERS WORKSHOP, LITTLE SWITZERLAND, NC

Abigail DeWitt—Writing Instructor
Phillip Shabazz—Poet
John Claude Bemis—Author
Darnell Arnoult—Writer-in-Residence, Lincoln Memorial University
Dawn Shamp—Editor-in-Residence, Table Rock

SEPTEMBER 6-10: LOONSONG, COOK MN

Nikki Grimes—Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith—Author
Susan Cooper—Author
Bruce Coville—Author
Marion Dane Bauer—Author
Michael Sterns—Agent, Upstart Crow Literary
Jane Buchanan—Author
Sarah Aronson—Author
Debby Dahl Edwardson—Author
Jenny Meyerhoff—Yoga Instructor
TBA—Editor

SEPTEMBER 9-15: BREAKOUT NOVEL INTENSIVE 2.0, TAMPA FL

Donald Maass—Author, Literary Agent/Founder, Maass Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 11-14: LOONSONG TURTLE ISLAND, Cook, MN

Cynthia Lietich Smith—Author
Dawn Quigley—Author
Tim Tingle—Author
Arthur A. Levine—Vice President/Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic 
Yolanda Scott—Associate Publisher/Editorial Director, Charlesbridge

SEPTEMBER 14-16: FALL ADVANCED CRAFT RETREATConception, MO

Nicole McInnes—Author/Professor of Creative Writing, Lindenwood University

SEPTEMBER 14-16: PICTURE BOOK WRITING RETREAT, TEMPLE, TX

Ariel Richardson—Editor, Chronicle Books
Danielle Smith—Literary Agent/Owner, Lupine Grove Creative, LLC

SEPTEMBER 20-23: FALL RETREAT: FOLLOW THE GARDEN PATH TO SUCCESS, OR

Adria Goetz—Agent, Martin Literary
Jill Corcoran—Agent, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Jenna Pocious—Agent, Red Fox Literary

SEPTEMBER 21-23: PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’S WRITERS NOVEL WORKSHOP & RETREAT, SANTA CRUZ, CA

Molly Ker Hawn—Agent, The Bent Agency
Andy Ross—Agent, Andy Ross Agency
Amy Cloud—Senior Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Krista Vitola—Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster

OCTOBER 5-7CREATIVE WEEKEND IN POKAGON STATE PARK, ANGOLA, IN

TBA

OCTOBER 10-14: BIG CHILL RETREAT, CANTON, MSNew!

Sarah Jane Abbott—Assistant Editor, Beach Lane Books/Paula Wiseman Books
Russ Busse—Associate Editor, Little, Brown BFYR
Susan Dobinick—Nonfiction Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Kate Proswimmer—Associate Editor, Sourcebooks

OCTOBER 13-20: 7 DAY WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE, (departing from) GALVESTON, TX

Kristen Lamb—Author, Social Media Coach
Rachel Caine—Author
Alexandra Sehulster—Assistant Editor at St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan
Deidre Knight—Agent, The Knight Agency

OCTOBER 19-21: EXCLUSIVE HIGH LEVEL MG/YA WRITER’S RETREAT, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLNew!

Gary Schmidt—Author
Krista Vitola—Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Julia Macguire—Editor, Knopf BFYR
Jess Regel—Agent, Foundry Media
Heather Flaherty—Agent, The Bent Agency
Donna Gephart—Author

OCTOBER 26-28: FALLING LEAVES MASTERCLASS RETREAT, SILVER BAY, NYNew!

Erika Turner—Editorial Project Manager, HMH/Versify
Tiffany Liao—Editor, Holt
Kelly Loughman–Editor, Holiday House
Kelsey Horton–Associate Editor, Delecorte
Elise Howard–Editor/Publisher, Algonquin BFYR

OCTOBER 26-27: HANDSPRINGS 2018, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

TBA

NOVEMBER 2-4: SCBWI INLAND NORTHWEST RETREAT, NEWPORT, WANew!

Karen Chaplin—Senior Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books / Harper Teen
Melissa Nelson Greenberg—Art Director, Cameron + Co

NOVEMBER 9-10: SCBWI MIDDLE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

TBA

NOVEMBER 9-11: SCBWI ARKANSAS RETREAT, SUBIACO, AR

TBA

DECEMBER 2-9: IMMERSION CRUISE WITH MARGIE LAWSON, (departing from) GALVESTON, TX

Margie Lawson—Writing Instructor

TBA DECEMBER: WRITER’S WORKSHOP AT BIG SUR LODGE

TBA

2019 Retreats & Writing Workshops

MARCH 15-17: Whispering Pines Retreat #1, WEST GREENWICH, RI

TBA

APRIL 4-6: WHISPERING PINES RETREAT #2, WEST GREENWICH, RI

TBA

MAY 17-19: BIG SUR ON CAPE COD, NORTH FALMOUTH, MA

Andrea Brown—President, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
David Elliott—Author
Anne Sibley O’Brien—Author/Illustrator
Yolanda Scott—Associate Publisher and Editorial Director at Charlesbridge
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