Writing for Young Readers Retreats and Workshops

This list focuses on intensive workshops and retreats for serious writers of children’s literature. These are two-day to two-week programs focusing on craft. Some events listed here may not be specifically for children’s writers but may benefit writers for any age group. I try to provide an overview quote from the event’s website when available. NOTE: Some registration deadlines are far in advance of the workshop. Please note/verify the deadline to register/apply. Some of these retreats or workshops may be by application only.

Please do your own research! Inclusion of any workshop or retreat here does not equal endorsement. I offer this list for the convenience of other writers; I am not affiliated with any of these events and receive no compensation for listing them here. If you are an organizer of a writing retreat or multi-day workshop and would like your event to be added, please contact me. This list is updated frequently, so check back often! 

If you can’t find a retreat near you, try self-hosting a retreat alone or with other writers using one of the books below as your guide! Some links on this page are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

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September 16-18, 2022: SCBWI Midsouth Fall Retreat, Franklin, TN

Venue: Embassy Suites Cool Springs
Offered by: SCBWI Midsouth

“Join us as a smaller crowd comes together to dive deep with a weekend of intensives. Take time away to focus on your craft and be inspired by some of the best in the business! Official details will be available on this site in May, 2022. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees and will open in late May or early June, 2022.”

September 29-October 2, 2022: The Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Workshop, ONLINE 

Venue: Online
Offered by Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat

“Are you a skilled writer, published or aspiring, looking for something distinctive in a fiction workshop? Our intensive seminar offers editor or agent feedback on selected whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults with your mentor. Or maybe you’re ready for editor and agent critiques on the opening chapters of your work in progress. Other options include our story consultant’s feedback, from brainstorming to polishing a flexible number of pages.” Featured guests this year include author Ann Angel, agent Stephen Fraser, and story coach Kat Dougherty.

September 29-October 2, 2022: TeenSpeak 20th Annual Novel Workshop, ONLINE

Venue: Online
Offered by Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat

Concurrent with The Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Workshop. “In their own, concurrent workshop, savvy teen enrollees (and enrollees in early their twenties) provide feedback on selected adults’ full and partial manuscripts for teen readers. Some of these manuscripts have resulted in published books. Also, in panel discussions, teens field adults’ questions about their target readers’ literary tastes and social norms. … These intergenerational exchanges prove mutually stimulating and fun.”

October 6-9, 2022: Fall Writing Retreat in Eastern Idaho, Ashton, ID

Venue: Springshores Lodge
Offered by: Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI

“Please join us for our Fall Writing Retreat located in scenic Ashton, Idaho. This event includes editor presentations, editor critiques, critique groups, writing time, campfire readings and more!  Your registration fee includes all retreat meals, lodging and a critique by one of our visiting editors. More information to come!” With Special Guests: Meredith Mundy, Editorial Director, Abrams Appleseed, Editor #2 TBA.

October 7-9, 2022: 2022 Falling Leaves Masterclass Retreat, Silver Bay, NY

Venue: Silver Bay YMCA
Offered by: SCBWI NY: Eastern Upstate

“This annual masterclass retreat provides attendees with a one-on-one critique with one of our faculty editors, group critique opportunities and faculty-led evening workshops at beautiful Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.” “Falling Leaves is by application only and we have a rotating focus each year: … in 2022 the focus will be on novels: YA, MG, novels in verse, and graphic novels.”