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.

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

2018 Retreats & Writing Workshops

OCTOBER 18-21: ADVANCED WRITER WEEKEND: THE ART OF EDITING & STORYTELLING, AUSTIN, TX

Leila Sales—Author/Editor
Joy Peskin—Editorial Director, Farrar Straus Giroux BFYR

OCTOBER 18-21: TELLING IT TRUE: THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY AND NARRATIVE NONFICTION, HONESDALE, PA

Tod OlsonAuthor
Leda SchubertAuthor
Kandace Coston—Assistant Editor, Lee & Low Books
M.T. AndersonAuthor
Steve Sheinkin—Author

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

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, NY

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

Patrick Collins—Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Lara Perkins—Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Sara Sargent—Executive Editor, Harper Collins Children’s Books
Caroline Starr Rose—Author 

NOVEMBER 1-4: COMPLETE PICTURE BOOK INTENSIVE, AUSTIN, TX

Tamar Brazis—Editorial Director, Abrams
Matthew Winner—Elementary School Librarian/Host, The Children’s Book Podcast
Evan Turk—Illustrator/Author/Animator 

NOVEMBER 2-4: SCBWI INLAND NORTHWEST RETREAT, NEWPORT, WA

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

NOVEMBER 2–4: NOVEMBER AT THE BRIARS WRITING RETREAT, JACKSON’S POINT, ONTARIO, CANADANew!

Brian Henry—Editor/Creative Writing Instructor

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 1-3: EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION, LAS VEGAS, NV

Donald Maass Agent, Maass Literary/Writing Coach/Author

MARCH 15-17: WHISPERING PINES RETREAT #1, WEST GREENWICH, RI

TBA

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

TBA

MAY 3-5: BEACHSIDE NONFICTION RETREAT, ATLANTIC BEACH FL

Ruta Rimas—Senior Editor, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster 
Alyssa Mito Pusey—Senior Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing 
Stephanie Pitts—Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Young Readers
Emily Feinberg—Editor. Macmillan Publishing/Roaring Brook Press
Susan Dobinick—Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing 
Kelly Delaney—Associate Editor, Alfred A. Knopf BFYR/PGH
Neal Porter—Publisher,  Neal Porter Books/Holiday House.
Andrea Cascardi—Senior Agent, Transatlantic Agency

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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MAY 31–JUNE 3: WRITING RETREAT AT AROWHON PINES RESORT, LITTLE JOE LAKE, ALGONQUIN PARK, ONTARIO, CANADANew!

Brian Henry—Editor/Creative Writing Instructor

AUGUST 2-4: EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION, MADISON, WI

Donald Maass Agent, Maass Literary/Writing Coach/Author

SEPTEMBER 23-29: BREAKOUT NOVEL INTENSIVE, SAN ANTONIO, TX

Donald Maass Agent, Maass Literary/Writing Coach/Author

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

TBA

SEPTEMBER TBA: LOONSONG, COOK MN

TBA


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