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. *Many of these retreats or workshops are by application only.

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2017 Retreats & Writing Workshops

 

 

JULY 9–14: SUMMER CAMP AT THE BARN: A WEEK OF CREATIVE MENTORSHIP, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Lamar Giles—Author
Alison Green Myers— Program Coordinator, Highlights Foundation
Jillian Sullivan—Author
Mitali Perkins—Author
Shadra Strickland—Illustrator
Meg Medina—Author
Jan Cheripko—Author
Linda Camacho—Agent, Prospect Agency

JULY 10-15: WRITING FOR CHILDREN, LANDGROVE, VT

Esther Hershenhorn—Author/Writing Coach

JULY 12-23: SOUTHAMPTON WRITERS CONFERENCE, SOUTHAMPTON, NY

Patricia Marx—Author
Patricia McCormick—Author
Emma Walton Hamilton—Author/Director, Southampton’s Children’s Literature Fellows/Executive Director, Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP)
Meg Wolitzer—Author/MFA Faculty, Stony Brook Southampton
Maryrose Wood—Author/Writing Instructor, NYU

JULY 16–20: MASTER CLASS IN WRITING NONFICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Larry Dane Brimner—Author
Susan Campbell Bartoletti—Author
Don Tate—Illustrator/Author
Rich Wallace—Author
Sandra Neil Wallace—Author
Gwendolyn Hooks—Author

JULY 21-23: SECOND ANNUAL FULL-BODIED NOVEL SUMMER WRITING RETREAT, UNION, WA

Katherine Grace Bond—Author
Janet Lee Carey—Author

JULY 20–23: SUPER CHILDREN’S BOOK BOOT CAMP, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Pat Cummings—Author
Denise Fleming—Author/Illustrator
Christopher Myers—Author/Illustrator
Cecilia Yung—Art Director/VP, Penguin Books for Young Readers, G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Nancy Paulsen Books
Ken Geist—VP, Publisher, Orchard Books, Scholastic Press Picture Books, Cartwheel Books, Readers, Branches, Little Shepherd

AUGUST 3-6: GHOST TOWN WRITERS RETREAT, GEORGETOWN, COGhost Town Writers Retreat

Becky LeJeune—Agent, Bond Literary Agency.
Sara Megibow—Agent, KT Literary.
Michelle Johnson—Agent, Inklings Literary Agency
Shelley Adina—Author

AUGUST 13-20: YIDDISH BOOK CENTER TENT: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, AMHERST, MAYIDDISH BOOK CENTER

Applications closed

Josh Lambert—Academic Director, Yiddish Book Center/Visiting Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst

SEPTEMBER 7-11: LOONSONG, COOK MNVermont College Of Fine Arts

M.T. Anderson—Author
Gary Schmidt—Author
Eric Rohmann—Author/Illustrator
Candace Fleming—Author
Marion Dane Bauer—Author
Faye Bender—Agent, The Book Group
Jordan Brown—Executive Editor, Walden Pond Press/Balzer+Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books

SEPTEMBER 8-10: CREATIVE GETAWAY RETREAT, MUIR BEACH, CASCBWI-Houston

TBA

SEPTEMBER 8-10: SCBWI-NEW ENGLAND SQUAM LAKE RETREAT, HOLDERNESS, NH

Christian Trimmer—Editorial Director, Henry Holt BFYR
Linda Epstein—Agent, Emerald City Literary
Wendi Gu—Associate Agent, Greenburger Associates

SEPTEMBER 10–17: WESTERN CARIBBEAN WRITING RETREAT/CRUISE, (Departing) GALVESTON, TX

Lisa Cron— Author/Story Coach
Angela Ackerman—Writing Coach/Author
Michelle GrajkowskiAgent, 3 Seas Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 15-17: EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION, SEATTLE, WA

Free Expressions

AGENT: Donald Maas/Donald Maas Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 15-16: A KILLER WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND MYSTERY DINNER, HOUSTON, TX

Kathryn Casey—True-crime Author
Lois Gibson—Police Sketch Artist, Houston Police Department

SEPTEMBER 22-24: PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’S WRITERS NOVEL WORKSHOP & RETREAT, SANTA CRUZ, CA

Brianne Johnson—Agent, Writers House
Stacey Barney—Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam BFYR

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MA

Mary Lee Donovan—Editor, Candlewick Press
Yolanda LeRoy—Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing
Andrea Brown—Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Soloway—Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
David Elliott—Author
Anne Sibley O’Brien—Author
Tara Sullivan—Author
Diane Zahler—Author

SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1: BREAKOUT NOVEL INTENSIVE 2.0, TAMPA, FL

Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author

OCTOBER 4-8: BOOKS WITH BITE: WRITING HORROR AND HAUNTED NOVELS, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Nova Ren Suma—Author
Micol Ostow—Author

OCTOBER 12-15: THE JOKE’S ON YOU: THE SCOOP ON HUMOR MG THROUGH YA, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Uma Krishnaswami—Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith—Author
Sean Petrie—Author

OCTOBER 12-15: BETTER BOOKS, CA

Harold Underdown—Independent Editor
Emma Dryden—Independent Editor
Tiffany Liao—Associate Editor, Razorbill, Penguin Young Readers Group
Stephan Fraser—Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI-ARKANSAS RETREAT, FORT SMITH, AR

SCBWI-Houston

TBA

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI-LA/MS BIG CHILL RETREAT, CANTON, MS

TBA

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI-SOUTHERN BREEZE BACK TO NATURE KIDLIT RETREAT, NAUVOO, AL

SCBWI-Houston

Heather L. Montgomery—Author

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI-AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND RETREAT, WILTON, NSW

TBA

OCTOBER 18-20: WEEKEND RETREAT, NYSCBWI-Houston

Harold Underdown—Independent Editor
TBA
WEST CENTRAL NY SCBWI

OCTOBER 19-22: SCBWI-OREGON SILVER FALLS RETREAT, SUBLIMITY OR

SCBWI-Houston

Erica Rand Silverman—Agent, Simola Literary Studio 
Lorin Oberweger—Agent, Adams Literary
Kat Brzozowski—Editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends

OCTOBER 25-29: GETTING YOUR NOVEL UNSTUCK, HONESDALE, PA

Chris Tebbetts—Author
Elise Broach—AuthorHighlights Foundation
Aubrey Poole—Editor, JIMMY Patterson Books/Hachette

OCTOBER 26-30: SCBWI-NEW MEXICO HUMMINGBIRD WRITING RETREAT, JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM

Natascha Morris—Agent, Bookends Literary

NOVEMBER 3-5: FALLING LEAVES 10TH ANNIVERSARY, SILVER BAY, NY

SCBWI-Houston

TBA: Applications accepted June 2017-August 2017

 

NOVEMBER 9-12: THE LITERARY PAGE TURNER: ADVANCED WRITER WEEKEND, AUSTIN, TX

Katie Bayerl—AuthorThe Writing Barn
Erin Harris—Agent, Folio

 

2018 Retreats & Writing Workshops

FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 4: BONI GRADUATE LEARNING RETREAT,SAN DIEGO, CAFree Expressions

Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author
Lorin Obewerger—Literary Agent, Author
Brenda Winberg—Editor, Author
Guest Authors

APRIL 9-15: BREAKOUT NOVEL INTENSIVE 2.0, TAMPA, FLFree Expressions

Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author

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