Winter/Spring 2017 Classes, Retreats & Workshops
Classes, conferences and workshops provide opportunities for professional contacts, manuscript critiques, networking and fellowship. Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop. The information below was compiled by Oak Park author, June Sengpiehl. June lives in Oak Park, with her husband, Paul. She writes poetry, articles, picture books and chapter books. Her special interests are mysteries and fairy tales. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG TABLE STUDIO
1700 Crain Street. Evanston, IL
Instructor: Laura Montenegro,Author/Illustrator
Workshop dates to be announced.
Are you an author who would like to explore illustration? Or an illustrator who wants to write
a picture book story that really works? Or an author/illustrator who would like to create a book
dummy that you can send to agents and publishers? These three areas: writing, illustrating and book design, are at the core of picture book making study. This summer, Laura Montenegro will be leading pop-up workshops at her studio in Evanston, Illinois. These workshops will be the
laboratory for playful experimentation and growth, addressing many of the challenges that we as picture book makers face in our work.
Beginners as well as the very experienced are invited to attend.
For more information, please contact:
Laura Montenegro at:
Upcoming: Fall 2017, September 7-9, 2017
Peninsula School of Art
Door County, Wisconsin
Book reservations now.
For more information, please contact:
Laura Montenegro at:
Creativity Camp Writing Session for children aged 9 to 12
July 10 to July 14, 2017, 9 am to 12 pm
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Instructor: Carmela Martino, Author
Carmela Martino will be teaching the writing portion of a new Creativity Camp to be
held this summer. An optional drawing and painting session will run from 1 to 4 pm.
For more information, see the right sidebar of the Writing Classes page of
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 312 255-3700
Ready,Set,Go! - Using Marketing Tools to Revise Your Children’s Book Manuscript
Wednesday evenings,June 7, 14, 21,28,2017, 5:45 -7:45 pm
Instructor: Author/ Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
It’s easy to get lost when revising your manuscript for publishing consideration. Except, the
required accompanying synopsis, pitch and query letter can also serve as your GPS for
finding your way through the revision process! Fine-tune these tools in this hands-on
workshop to “recalculate” and take control so you can fine-tune your manuscript.
Agent/editor discovery resources are included. Open to children’s book writers of all
formats and genres with a manuscript close to submission.
Visit: www.newberrylibrary.org to register
The Manuscript Workshop
July 9 to 14, 2017
Landgrove Inn, VT
Instructor/Facilitator: Author/Children’s Bpp Writer’s Coach Esther Hershenhorn
This small Sunday night through Friday workshop honors Barbara Seuling’s love and knowledge of writing for children, dedication to craft and personal investment in her writers and their stories. Set in the magic-making Green Mountains, writers of all genres are offered up close and personal learning, writing and connoting opportunities to take their existing manuscripts to the desired Next Level.
Interested writers can visit www.esherhershenhorn.com/teach and
www.teachingauthors.com/2016/07/making-magic-in-Vermond.html to learn more and/or email: Esther Hershenhorn at email@example.com with any questions.
For more information abut the beautiful historic Inn, visit www.landgroveinn.com
Writing For The Educational Market
Boyds Mills, PA
June 25 to 29, 2017
Instructors: Paula Morrow and Jan Fields
Paula Morrow may have moved out of state but still considers herself a Chicagoan at heart so she’s sharing this news about the workshop she and Jan Fields are co-leading. Previous participants have built successful careers in this niche, some with multiple book deals. This workshop covers both fiction and nonfiction, and each participant will go home with a submissions package. Bonus: the weekend includes in-person visits from two acquiring book editors. Scholarships are available.
For further information visit the Highlights Foundation web page or email Paula if
you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer at ECC (the Kids College)
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive, Building K
Elgin, IL 60123
June 19,20,21,22, 2017, 9 am to 1 pm
Instructor: Author Norm Cowie
Sessions include Being A Writer, Crafting
a Story, Finding Your Funny Bone and
To register: 847 214-7123
The following classes are taught by Michelle Kogan
Email Michelle with any questions at: email@example.com
Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
For registration, call (847) 475-5300 or visit: www.evanstonartcenter.org
Figures and Nature Drawing/Painting #0158, #0159
Two- 6 Week Sessions
Starts Monday June 12th, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30pm
Starts Monday, July 24th, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Using drawing and painting mediums we’ll begin with the figure and add nature
elements to your compositions. Bring in images of nature—drawn or photos. Each
class will begin with warm up sketches. Instruction will focus on creating strong
compositions, anatomy, materials, color and combining figures in nature. This
class will have a life model.
All Levels. Ages 18+. EAC Member $210/Non-member $200
Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #EO160A, #EO160B
Two- 6 Week Sessions
Starts Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm.
Starts Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm.
Class focuses on creating vibrant paintings with strong compositions using watercolor
tubes, and watercolor pencils. Instruction includes demos on watercolor techniques-
applying transparent versus opaque watercolor, washes and painting wet in wet
All Levels. Ages 16+ EAC Member $185/Non-Member $205
Children’s Picture Book Illustration #0153- 12 week Session
Starts Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Choose a classic children’s picture book or bring in your own picture book story and learn about
making sequential scenes and creating a picture book dummy. The class will cover creating thumbnail layouts, storyboarding and using a scanner/computers to create the book dummies. Bring to 1st class: 9 x 12 inch or larger sketchbook and tracing paper pad, kneaded eraser, 3 staedtler mars #3b drawing pencils, pencil sharpener and reference materials for your picture book drawings.
All Levels. Ages 18+, EAC Member, $370/Non-member $390
Tropical Plein Air
2 — 3 day Classes, Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
A: June 15, 22. 29, 2017 #9005A; B: July 13, 20, 27, 2017, #9005B
We’ll draw/paint inside/outside the Lincoln Park Conservatory or the Chicago Botanic
Garden. Work in watercolors, drawing mediums, or acrylics. Focus includes instruction on creating quick thumbnail sketches, composition and color. Materials: small sketchbook, Staedtler #3b pencils, kneaded eraser; see posted list for all materials.
All Levels. Ages 16+ EAC Member $90/Non-member $110
Create a Zine #0211
1—4 week Class, Friday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
July 7,13,21 & 28, 2017
Zines are mini magazines that are self-published-using copy machines, having a specific
focus. Many zine’s contain art, writing-poetry, short stories, and book/movie reviews,
When you’ve discovered your topic, gather material to use for your zine: poetry, writing
and art. When researching make sure you look for images/writing in the “Public
Domain.” Format: 8.5 x 11 inch paper- folded in half to make 5.5 x 8.5 inch pages,
stapled on side.
Ages: 11-Adult, EAC Member $125/Non-member $145
Michelle Kogan also works independently with students; email her to arrange
The Fiction Writer’s Toolbox
New Trier West High School Extension Division, Northfield
July 11 to August 15, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm.
Instructor: Pamela Dell, Author
Cost: $189/ Seniors $170
To master the art of writing fiction it’s essential to have a good handle on the tools of the trade—the elements of craft, including characterization, scene-setting, dialog, and other essential writerly skills. In this hands-on, writer-friendly workshop, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen these skills and take their work to a higher level through in-class writing prompts and take-home exercises. Each session will also include critiques of participants' work, including professional editorial feedback. Many would be authors aren’t aware of what they’re doing wrong and this class will go a long way to remedy that.
For more information, 847 446-6600 and to see the catalog or register on line: www.newtrier.extension.org
The following institutions also offer classes and workshops for writers and illustrators. Specific class information was not available at time of publication.
THE RAGDALE FOUNDATION
Lake Forest, IL
Phone (847) 234-1063 or visit www.ragdale
THE WRITERS CENTER AT ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Regular writing workshop plus weekend special-topic workshops
Phone (847) 697-1000, Ext 7578
SCBWI REGIONAL INFORMATION
August 11, 4 pm to August 13, 2017, 4 pm
Words in the Woods
East Bay Camp at Lake Bloomington
24248 Roy Smith Memorial Highway
Indiana SCBWI Summer Kick-Off Retreat
June 2 to June 3, 2017
Potawatomi State Park
6 Ln150 Lake James
Farmington Hills Shop Talk
May 6, June 3, 2017, 10 am to 12 pm
Heritage Park Visitors Center
24915 Farmington Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI
Ann Arbor Shop Talk
June 24,July 29, August 26, 2017, 10 am to 12 pm
343 S. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Peer Critique Meeting
June 17, 2917. 10 am to 12 pm
9089 Brecksville Rd.
Young At Heart Writing Workshop
June 10, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm
Write on Door County
4177 Juddville Rd.
May 17,June 21, July 19,August 16, 2017, 7 to 8 pm
961 S. Park St.
46th Annual Summer Conference
July 7 to 10, 2017
Los Angeles, California
Visit SCBWI.org. for faculty, registration and information.
RETREATS, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION FOUNDERS WORKSHOPS
FOR PROFESSIONAL AND ASPIRING WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS
Conferences include seminars, small-group workshops, and one-on-one sessions with some of the most accomplished, prominent and supportive authors, illustrators, editors, critics and publishers of the world of children’s literature, all determined to help authors and illustrators meet their goals
To register: http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/register-now/
Writing The Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction
May 7 to May 14, 2017
Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Designed for anyone with a. . .
Crafting Successful Author Visits
May 7 to May 12, 2017
Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits are a powerful way to. . .
Whole Novel Workshop: Historical Fiction 2017
May 14 to May 20, 2017
A concentrated week of revision for historical fiction novelists.This workshop provides novelists in middle grade or young adult historical. . .
Defining Your Voice
May 18 to May 21, 2017
Defining what ‘voice’ means may be subjective, but defining your voice is not, As a reader,you know ‘voice’ is. . .
Capturing the Unexpected: Beginning Your Novel—Right
May 28 to June 3, 2017
Please note: this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! For all novelists as they. . .
Novels in Verse: Take your Manuscript to the Next Level: Intermediate and Advanced Tracks
June 4 to June 8, 2017
Have a finished novel in verse and need strategies for revision? Or do you have a novel in verse. . .
Capturing Character: Hear Their Voices
June 8 to June 11, 2017
Bring your cast of characters to life through this dynamic workshop! Readers (and editors) are clamoring for character-driven stories. Character informs. . .
Your Guide to Graphic Novels
June 11 to June 14, 2017
Have an idea for a graphic novel or comic book? Join us to learn about the narrative style of this. . .
2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Kathryn Erskine
June 9 to June 13, 2017
Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made in the field of children’s literature. Our 2017. . .
Middle Grade Mysteries
June 15 to June 18, 2017
For writers eager to begin or complete a mystery for middle grade readers, Children love to cozy up with a. . .
On The Bookshelf: Reading With and Writing for Children
June 16 to June 18, 2017
A hands-on workshop bringing education, authors, and illustrators together to celebrate picture books. Deepen your understanding of the world of. . .
Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions
June 19 to June 22, 2017
Considering self or indie publishing? Let us help you prepare. Thanks to advances in technology, it’s easier than it’s ever. . .
PB&J: Picture Books And All That Jazz
June 22 to June 25, 2017
Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers. Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories. . .
The Hero’s Journey
June 25 to June 28, 2017
Strengthen your story with this highly celebrated archetypal narrative plot structure. Join author Jillian Sullivan on a journey through your. . .
Writing for the Educational Market
June 25 to June 29, 2017
Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational . . .
Summer Camp At the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship
July 9 to July 14, 2017
Keynotes, workshops and a creative member to provide one-on-one support. The HighlightFoundation tackles summer camp a bit differently than. . .
Master Class In Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adult
July 16 to July 20, 2017
Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing! Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need. . .
Super Children’s Book Boot Camp
July 20 to July 23, 2017
Finish your picture book and get it ready for submission! Designed for authors and illustrators with a picture book project. . .
August 5 to August 9, 2017
Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing, In this working. . .
Whole Novel Workshop
August 13 to August 19, 2017
Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge. . .
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat
August 19 to August 26,2017
Please note that this workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! A special and unusual retreat. . .
2017 Artist-in-Residency Honoree: Matt de la Pena
August 23 to August 27, 2017
Our Artists-in-Residence program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature. Our 2017. . .
For all workshops, phone (877) 512-8365 with questions. To register or to request more
information, e-mail Jo Lloyd, Program Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Off Campus Writer’s Workshops Winter 2015
Winnetka Community House
Join the writing group that will help you start your first or finish your seventh novel, memoir, non-fiction, young adult or children’s book. OCWW meets Thursday mornings 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and provides professional workshops from September to May each year, featuring current authors, editors, professors and publishers. Per session fee $15. (Members $10 with yearly membership). Yearly membership @$30 entitles members to reduced session fees, manuscript critiques by presenters, and member critique groups. Our final meeting the first Thursday in May each year presents a panel of publishers and agents who provide vital information for all authors.
Check our website for further information, ocww.bizland.com.
VERMONT COLLEGE BRIEF RESIDENCY
MASTER OF FINE ARTS
IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
11-day intensive residencies in July and January on campus alternate with 5 month
nonresident projects (4 semesters, 5residencies). Faculty includes M. T. Anderson, Kathi Appelt, Marion Dane Bauer, Sharon Darrow, Ellen Levine and Norma Fox Mazer
Contact Melissa Fisher at (800) 336-6794, Ext. 8637 or e-mail email@example.com or visit the website at www.tui.edu/vermontcollege
SPALDING UNIVERSITY BRIEF RESIDENCY
MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING PROGRAM
with a Concentration in Writing For Children
Semesters begin in May or October
Program is 4 semesters, 5 residencies
Contact Graduate Admissions at (800) 896-8941, Ext. 2423 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.spalding.edu
LESLEY UNIVERSITY LOW-RESIDENCY
MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING
Offering a concentration in Writing for Young People
Semesters begin in January and June
Program is 4 semesters, 5 residencies
Contact Jana M. Van der Veer
Assistant Director, Advising and Student Services
[LINK: mail to: email@example.com] firstname.lastname@example.org
HAMLINE UNIVERSITY LOW-RESIDENCY
MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Semesters begin in January and July
Program is 4 semesters, 5 residencies
Office phone: (651) 523-2047, Fax: (651) 523-2490
For questions, call (651) 523-2900 or e-mail email@example.com
INSTITUTE OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Correspondence courses and access to articles, tips, chat room discussions on writing.
WRITER’S DIGEST ONLINE WORKSHOPS
“Fundamentals of Writing For Children” (12 week beginning course)
“Focus Course in Writing For Children” (14 week intermediate course)
For details and starting dates on these workshops and other Writer’s Digest Online Courses, visit www.writersonlineworkshops.com-
Illustrating Children’s Picture Books
On going, online course, five weeks
Instructors: Denise Holmes www.niseemade.com
Sabina Radeva www.sabinaradeva,com
This course covers creating characters, book dummies. anatomy of a picture book,
finalizing sketches to book covers. Feedback will be given on all assignments to
encourage students along the way. By the end of the course, students will have
completed a book dummy and 2 finalized color spreads for their portfolio.
Course information: http://classes.designgarden.co/classes/children’s-picture-books/
Discount for rea