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

 

MAY 17-20: MASTERING THE MIDDLE GRADE, AUSTIN, TX

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

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 13-17: MOSS WOOD RETREATS, ME

Karen Klockner—Author/Developmental Editor, namelos
Patricia McMahon—Author

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

Dian Curtis Regan—Author
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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

JULY 14-15: STORY 360, HOUSTON, TX

Lorin Oberweger—Writing Coach, Free Expressions, Literary Agent, Adams Literary

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, NCNew!

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, MNNew!

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 15-17: FALL ADVANCED CRAFT RETREAT,Conception, MONew!

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

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

Molly Ker Hawn—Agent, The Bent Agency

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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

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

Margie Lawson—Writing Instructor


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PLOT WHISPERER: SECRETS OF STORY STRUCTUREHOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKCREATING CHARACTER ARCSINKBLOTWRITING BLOCKBUSTER PLOTSREVISING YOUR NOVEL FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED MANUSCRIPTWHAT KIND OF LOSER INDIE PUBLISHES AND CAN I BE ONE, TOO by Pamela Fagan HutchinsTHE EMOTION THESAURUSTHE KIDS' GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION

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