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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2018 Retreats & Writing Workshops

JANUARY 12-14: SCBWI-CENCAL PICTURE BOOK RETREAT, SANTA BARBARA, CA

Tammi Sauer—Author

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

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

MARCH 2-4: WHISPERING PINES RETREAT 1, WEST GREENWICH, RINew!

Susan Hawk—Agent, Upstart Crow Literary
Celia Lee—Editor, Scholastic
Jen Malone—Author
Kristen Nobles—Publisher, Page Street Publishing
Holly West—Editor, Feiwel & Friends, & Swoon Reads

MARCH 22-24: WHISPERING PINES RETREAT 2, WEST GREENWICH, RINew!

Janine Le—Literary Agent, Sheldon Fogelman Agency
Tricia Lin—Editor, Simon & Schuster
Rachel Orr—Agent, Prospect Literary
Tara Sullivan—Author
Charoltte WengerAssociate Editor, Page Street Publishing

MARCH 22–25: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHILDREN’S BOOK PUBLISHING: A CRASH COURSE, HONESDALE, PA

Harold Underdown—Independent Editor
Leah Henderson—Author

MARCH 22-25: MASTERING THE MIDDLE GRADE, AUSTIN, TXNew!

Lamar Giles—Author
Phoebe Yeh—Editor/VP/Co-Publisher, Crown BFYR 

MARCH 22–25: RAINBOW WEEKEND INTENSIVE, AUSTIN, TXNew!

Amy Rose Capetta—Author
Jim McCarthy—Literary Agent/VP, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Cori McCarthy—Author

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

Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author

APRIL 26–29: COLOR, LIGHT, LINE, AND TEXTURE HANDS-ON WORKSHOP, HONESDALE, PA

Denise Fleming—Author/Illustrator
Ashley Wolff—Author/Illustrator
Judy Schachner—Author/Illustrator

APRIL 29–MAY 4: CRAFTING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR VISITS, HONESDALE, PA

Peter Jacobi—Journalism Professor/Former Newsman, NBC, ABC
Carmen Oliver—Author
Jan Cheripko—Author
Andrea Loney—Author

MAY 7–12: WRITING AND REVISING NARRATIVE NONFICTION, HONESDALE, PA

Deborah Heiligman—Author
Barbara Kerley—Author
Elizabeth Partridge—Author
Carolyn Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books
Susan Campbell Bertoli—Author
Catherine Frank—Owner, Catherine Frank Editorial Services

MAY 12–17: FILLING THE WRITER’S TOOLBOX: TOOLS FOR FIRST LINES, VOICE, CHARACTER, WORLD BUILDING, AND REVISION, HONESDALE, PA

Emma D. Dryden—Owner/Editor drydenbks LLC 
Pat Cummings—Author/Illustrator
Yesenia Flores Díaz—Author

MAY 13–20: WRITING THE UNREAL: THE WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP IN FANTASY & SPECULATIVE FICTION, HONESDALE, PA

Anne Ursu—Author
Laura Ruby—Author

MAY 18–20: RETELL, REVISIT, REIMAGINE: WRITING FRESH FAIRY TALES AND FOLKLORE FOR OLDER READERS , HONESDALE, PA

Anna-Marie McLemore—Author
Julie Dao—Author

MAY 24–27: CRAFTING A DUMMY WITH HEART AND SOUL: A CREATIVE INCUBATOR FOR ILLUSTRATORS, HONESDALE, PA

Floyd Cooper—Illustrator
Melanie Hall—Illustrator

JUNE 7–10: PB&J: PICTURE BOOKS AND ALL THAT JAZZ, HONESDALE, PA

Darcy Pattison—Author/Publisher
Leslie Helakosi—Author/Illustrator

JUNE 10–13: WRITING FIRST CHAPTER BOOKS AND EARLY READERS, HONESDALE, PA

Laurie Calkhoven—Author
Wiley Blevins—Author

JUNE 17–21: MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERIES, HONESDALE, PA

TBA

JUNE 17-21: SUMMER WORDS, ASPEN, CO

TBA

JUNE 21–24: BEGINNING STEPS TO WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION, HONESDALE, PA

Joyce Hostetter—Author

JUNE 21–24: NOVEL BEGINNINGS: BUILDING STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUR NOVEL AND YOUR CAREER, HONESDALE, PA

K.L. Going—Author
Clara Gillow Clark—Author

JUNE 24–28: WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET, HONESDALE, PA

Jan Fields—Author
Paula Morrow—Editor/Author/Children’s Librarian

JULY 8–13: SUMMER CAMP AT THE BARN: A WEEK OF CREATIVE MENTORSHIP, HONESDALE, PA

Lamar Giles—Author
Anna-Marie Mclemore—Author
Patricia Lee Gauch—Former V.P./ Editor at Large, Philomel Books
Peter Jacobi—Journalism Professor/Former Newsman, NBC, ABC

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

SEPTEMBER TBA: LOONSONG, COOK MNNew!

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

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