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

MAY 5-7: NOVEL REVISION RETREAT, SYRACUSE, NY

Darcy Pattison—Author/Writing Coach

MAY 5-7: RETREAT: BREAK UP AND BREAK OUT OF WRITER’S BLOCK, PALMER, AK

SCBWI-Houston

Tricia Brown—Author, Editor, Book Developer
David Onofrychuck— Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Composition, Alaska Pacific University
Lynn Lovegreen—Author
Dan Walker—Author
Jena Benton—Author/Illustrator
Ada Zhang—Editorial Assistant, Sterling Children’s Books

MAY 5-7: SCBWI-SOCAL SPRING WRITERS RETREAT, IDYLLWILD, CASCBWI-Houston

Kate Sullivan—Senior Editor from Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books
Erin Young —Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Estelle Laure—Author
Steve Bramucci—Author

MAY 7–12: CRAFTING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR VISITS, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Peter Jacobi—Journalism Professor
Carmen Oliver—Author
Jan Cheripko—Author
Alison Green Myers—Program Coordinator, Highlights Foundation

MAY 7-13: NOVEL-IN-PROGESS BOOKSCAMP, WEST BEND, WI

Phil Martin—Director, Great Lakes Literary
Lisa Lickel—Writing Coach
Laura Zats—Agent, Red Sofa Literary
SJ Rozan—Author-in-Residence

MAY 7-14: WRITING THE UNREAL, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Laura Ruby—Author
Anne Ursu—Author
Deborah Kovacs—Editorial Director, Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins & Walden Media
Christine Heppermann—Author

MAY 11-14: STORYMASTERS, TORONTO, CANADA Free Expressions

Donald Maass—Agent, Donald Maas Literary Agency
Christopher Vogler—Author
James Scott Bell—Author

MAY 14–20: WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP: HISTORICAL FICTION, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Ashley Hope Pérez—Author
Helen Hemphill—Author

MAY 18-21: DEFINING YOUR VOICE, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Sharyn November—Writer/Editor

MAY 26-29: RENO—WRITE AWAY, VIRGINIA CITY, NV

No Faculty

JUNE 2-4: EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION, HOUSTON, TXFree Expressions

Donald Maas—Agent, Donald Maas Literary Agency

JUNE 2-4: JUNE IN ALGONQUIN WRITING RETREAT, ONTARIO, CANADAQuick Brown Fox

Bryan Henry Book Editor/Creative Writing Instructor

JUNE 2-4: SCBWI-INDIANA SUMMER KICK-OFF RETREAT, ANGOLA, IN

SCBWI-Houston

Meredith Mundy, Executive Editor, Sterling Children’s Books
Danielle Smith—Agent, Lupine Grove Creative
Tammi Sauer—Author
Darcy Pattison—Author
Troy Cummings—Illustrator/Author
Deborah Marcero—Illustrator/Author

JUNE 4–8: NOVELS IN VERSE: TAKE YOUR MANUSCRIPT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED TRACKS, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Kathryn Erskine—Author
Alma Fullerton—Author
Padma Venkatraman—Author

JUNE 8–11: CAPTURING CHARACTER: HEAR THEIR VOICES, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Padma Venkatraman—Author
Kristy Dempsey—Author
An Na—Author

JUNE 10: “STORYTIME” A MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT NOVEL INTENSIVE, PORTLAND, ORSCBWI-Houston

Christy Ottaviano—Editor, Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt
Mandy Hubbard—Agent, Emerald City Literary
Rachel Letofski—Associate Agent, The Cooke Agency.
April Henry—Author

JUNE 11–14: YOUR GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Matt Phelan—Illustrator/Author
Merrill Rainey—Illustrator
David Saylor—VP/Creative Director, Scholastic Trade Publishing Group; Founder, Graphix /Scholastic
Marcus Emerson—Author

JUNE 14-18: THE MOSS WOOD RETREATS: FICTION, HARBORSIDE, ME

Gregory Maggiore—Author

JUNE 15-18: MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERIES, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Mara Rockliff—Author
Sheila Turnage—Author

JUNE 16-18: ON THE BOOKSHELF: READING AND WRITING FOR CHILDREN, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Nikki Grimes—Author
Floyd Cooper—Author
Rosemary Agoglia—Educator
Laura Beltchenko—Educator
Junko Yokota—Professor Emeritus, Reading & Language, National Louis University/Director, Center for Teaching through Children’s Books

JUNE 19–22: SELF OR INDIE PUBLISHING: ANSWERING THE BIG QUESTIONS, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Darcy Pattison—Author/Publisher, Mim’s House Publishing
Harold Underdown—Author, Independent Children’s Book Editor

JUNE 22-25: PB&J AND ALL THAT JAZZ, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Darcy Pattison—Author/Writing Coach
Leslie Helakoski—Author/Illustrator

JUNE 25-28: THE HERO’S JOURNEY, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

Jillian Sullivan—Author

JUNE 25–29: WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET, HONESDALE, PAHighlights Foundation

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

JUNE 25-AUGUST 5: CLARION SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, SAN DIEGO, CAclarion

Rae Carson—Author
Nalo Hopkinson—Author
Cory Doctorow—Author

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 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

AUGUST 14-19: WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP, AUSTIN, TX

TBA

SEPTEMBER 7-11: LOONSONG, COOK MNVermont Colle Of Fne 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, NHNew!

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

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

TBA
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, CAUPDATE!

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

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

Mary Lee Donovan—Editor, Candlewick Press
Yolanda LeRoy—Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing
Editor, TBD
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
Authors, TBD

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, CAUPDATE!

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, ALNew!

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

TBA

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