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

OCTOBER 18-20: WEEKEND RETREAT, NY

Harold Underdown—Independent Editor
TBA
WEST CENTRAL NY SCBWI

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

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—Author

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: TIME TO WRITE REVSION RETREAT, PLATTSBURG, NY

Kate Messner—Author
Linda Urban—Author

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

TBA: Applications accepted June 2017-August 2017

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

Katie Bayerl—Author

Emanuelle Morgen—Agent, Stonesong

 

2018 Retreats & Writing Workshops

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

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, WEST GREENWICH, RI

TBA

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

Donald Maass—Literary Agent, Author

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

SEPTEMBER TBA: LOONSONG, COOK MN

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