Area Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

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  Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and  published after its author attended a class or workshop.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  jsseng629@yahoo.com

 

CLASSES

 

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Department of Continuing Studies

Instructor: Laura Montenegro, author/Illustrator    

37 S. Wabash, Suite 711, Chicago, Il 60603

To register: Phone: 312  629 6170,  Office  M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm cs@saic.edu<mailto:cs@saic/edu>

 

Children’s Book Illustration (Laboratory)

Tuesdays,Feb. 7 to April 11,  2017, 6 pm to 9 pm

Sharp Building, Room 407

This course emphasizes the artist’s role in children’s picture book illustration and focuses on the world of visual storytelling. Through demonstrations and in-class assignments, students working  at a variety of skill levels explore materials and techniques used to create children’s book illustrations, images that guide children into a whole new imaginative universe through a sequence of memorable visual images.  Creating book dummies to organize their ideas, students learn to balance text and image on the page.

 

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 Spring, Laura Montenegro will be leading pop-up workshops at her studio in Evanston, Illinois.  These workshops will be a 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:

www.lauranymanmontenegro.com

lauramontenegro@sbglobal.net

Laura Nyman Montenegro

www.lauranymontenegro.com

Also offering private instruction

847  328-4175 call or email for information

lauramontenegro@sbcglobal.net

 

 

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Instructor: Carmela Martino, Author

Six-week Hands On Workshop: Writing For Children and Teens

Thursdays, April 20 to May 25, 2017, 7 to 9 pm

In this six-week workshop,author Carmela Martino presents the building blocks of writing for children and teens in a variety of formats, including picture books, short stories, and novels.  Learn how to create characters, plots and settings that will engage young readers. Practice selecting the point of view and voice that best fits both your story and audience.  Receive feedback on your work-in-progress in a nurturing, supportive environment. 

Note: Please register at least TWO weeks before the class start date.

Course ID: HUMNT-0002-201, Fee $139

For general information, call (629) 942-2208

For more information, see http://www.carmelamartino.com/events.htm

www.Teaching Authors.com

 

The Newberry Library

60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL  312  255-3700

OH, THE POSSIBILITIES: WRITING FOR CHILDREN IN TODAY’S PUBLISHING WORLD

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm

Also offered Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm

Instructor: Esther Hershenhorn, Author//Writing Coach 

Still wanting to realize your dream to write a children’s picture book someday?

Anxious to learn what to do once you write it?

This workshop introduces newcomers to todays Children’s Book World and offers Rules of the Road and proven Short Cuts to make navigating doable and easier.

Participants can share a work-in-progress in order to see its reader/format/marketplace possibilities in today’s publishing world. 

(Please bring lunch as class continues during the lunch hour)

To register: www.newberry.org

              

The Writer’s Studio, University of Chicago

The  Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Professional and Educational Studies

 A FACILITATED CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS GROUP FOR NOVELISTS (MG AND YA)

Tuesday, April 29, to May 3, 2017,  2 pm to 4:30 pm

Facilitator: Author/Children’s Book Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn

Unsure how to move forward with your current middle grade or young adult novel-in-progress? Joining a traditional Writer’s Group offers you a supportive professional community, positive constructive criticism and opportunities to learn and hone your craft.  Facilitated discussions of each group member’s manuscript highlight story structure, the writing process, comparable literature and a story’s marketability.  Suggested writing exercises, reading assignments and professional connections provide guidance,focus, insights and encouragement to writers of all levels.

To register:  email Gina DiPonio at: gdiponio@uchicago.edu

 

The Manuscript Workshop

July 9 to 14, 2017

Landgrove Inn, Landgrove, VT

Instructor/Facilitator: Author/Children’s Book 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-Vermont.html to learn more and/or

email Esther Hershenhorn at esthersh@aol.com with any questions.

For more information abut the beautiful historic Inn, visit www.landgroveinn.com

 

The following classes are taught by  Michelle Kogan

Email Michelle with any questions at: mkogan@mdandmk.com

 

Evanston Art Center

2603 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60201 

For registration,  call (847) 475-5300 or visit:  http://www.evanstonartcenter.org

 

Figures and Nature Drawing/Painting #0158,0159

Two-5 week Sessions

Starts Monday, Jan 9, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm

Starts Monday, Feb. 13, 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 with 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 $175/Non-member $195

 

Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique

Two 5 Week Sessions

Starts Tuesday, Jan. 10 ,2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm, #EO160A

Starts Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm, #EO160B

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.  EAC Member $155/Non-Member $175

 

Children’s Picture Book Illustration #0153

10 Week Class, Starts Wednesday, Jan. 11, 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 thumbnail layouts, storyboarding and using a scanner/computers to create the book dummies.  Bring to 1st class: 9 x 12 inch or larger sketchbook, 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, $295/Non-member $315

 

Tropical Plein Air 

2- 2 Week Sessions, Thursday 9:30 to 12:30 pm

A:Jan. 12 & 19, 2017, #9005A;B: Feb 16 & 23, 2017 #9005B

We’ll draw and paint in the Chicago Botanic Garden and/or the Lincoln Park Conservatory.  Work in watercolors and watercolor pencils, drawing mediums, or acrylics.  Focus includes instruction on creating quick thumbnail sketches,composition and color.  Materials: small sketchbook, Staedtler #3b pencils, kneaded eraser; also see posted list for all materials.

All levels. Ages 18+, EAC Member $90/Non-member $110

 

Pens,& Ink  and Dr. Martin Watercolor #9026

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017,  9:30 to 4:00 pm

Create studies and one finished piece using dip pens, micron pens, brush pens and Dr. Martin watercolors.  The instructor will provide a still life, or you can bring in still life material.  A material list will be posted.

Skill Level: All Levels Ages 18+.  EAC MEMBER $135/Non-member $155.

 

Michelle Kogan also works independently with students; email her to arrange

mkogan@mdandmk.com

 

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

Elgin, IL

Regular writing workshop plus weekend special-topic workshops

Phone (847) 697-1000, Ext 7578

 

SCBWI-IOWA

No Fooling’: PAL Marketing and Inspiration

 Workshop

April 1, 2017

Hotel Pattee

1112  Willis

Perry, Iowa

 

 

SCBWI-MICHIGAN

SCBWI-MI Shop Talk

Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar. 4, April 1, 2017, 10 am to 12 pm

Heritage Park Visitor Center

24915 Farmington Rd.

Farmington Hills, MI

 

Ann Arbor Shop Talk

Jan. 28, Feb. 18, 2017, 10 am to 12 pm

AADL Downtown

343 S. 5th Avenue

Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

SCBWI-WISCONSIN

PB Show Don't Tell And Give your Published Book a Voice

Jan. 19, 2017, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Waukesah Public Library

321 Wisconsin Avenue

Waukesha, WI

 

MG/YA Meetings

Jan, 25,Feb. 22, Mar. 15, April 12, 2017, 7 pm to 8 pm

Barriques

961 S. Park Street

Madison, WI

 

2017 Spring Luncheon

April 22, 2017

Oconomowoc Lake Club

4668 Lake Club Circle

Oconomowoc, WI

 

SCBWI INTERNATIONAL

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

Honesdale, PA

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. 

     

 

Getting to Know your Novel and Sarah Aaronson

January 8 to April 7, 2017

Give your novel the special treatment it deserves with this long-form workshop; an activity based web series paired with a guided>>

 

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat

January 29 to February 4, 2017

A special and unusual retreat open only to graduates of  Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops.  Participants will come together for seven>>

(https://www.highlights foundation.org/workshops/carolyn-p-yoders-alumni-retreat-

January-2017/)

 

2017 Artists-in-Residency Honoree: Laurie Halse Andersen

March 6 to March 10, 2017

Our Artists-in-Residence Program celebrates the commitment these authors and illustrators have made to the field of children’s literature.  Our 2017>>

(https: www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops2017-artists-in-resideny-honoree-laurie-halse-andersen/)

 

Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career 2017

March 16 to March 19,2017

Achieve your long-term goals through constructive feedback about existing work and conversations about where you can take both your>>

(https: www.highlightsfoundation/org/workshops/novel-beginnings-building-strong-foundations-for-your-novel-and-your-career-2017)

 

Kid’s Book Revision Alumni Retreat

March 21 to March 24, 2017

A special retreat open to anyone who has participated in a kids Book Revision Retreat, workshop, intensive, or webinar class<<

(http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/kids-book-revisions-alumni-retreat/)_

 

Writing Off the page 2017

March 26 to March 29, 2017

Enrich your characters, tighten your plot and build your story with a highly interactive workshop designed for all writers of>>

(https.//www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/writing-off-the-page2017/)

 

Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing 2017

March 30 to April 3, 2017

Energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction writing that shines the light on exciting science, technology, engineering  and math(STEM)>>

(https://www.highlightfoundation.org/workshops/nuts-and-bolts-of-science-writing-2017/

 

 

Color, Light and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2017

April 20 to April 23, 2017

A weekend of media exploration, excitement, and just plain fun! Ashley and Denise are back! All new techniques with some magic>>

(https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/color-light-line-and-texture-hands-on-workshop-2017/)

 

For all workshops, phone (877) 512-8365 with questions.  To register or to request  more

information, e-mail Jo Lloyd, Program Assistant, jalloyd@highlightsfoundation.org

 

 

Off Campus Writer’s Workshops Winter 2015

Winnetka Community House

620 Lincoln

Winnetka

Join the writing group that will help you start your first or finish your seventh novel, memoir, non-fiction, young adult or children’sJ 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.  

 

RESIDENCY PROGRAM

VERMONT COLLEGE BRIEF RESIDENCY

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

Montpelier, VT

July, January

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 melissa.fisher@tui.edu or visit the website at www.tui.edu/vermontcollege

 

SPALDING UNIVERSITY BRIEF RESIDENCY

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING PROGRAM

Louisville,KY

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: mfa@spalding.edu or visit the website at www.spalding.edu

 

LESLEY  UNIVERSITY LOW-RESIDENCY

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING

Cambridge, MA

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: jvanderv@lesley.edu] jvanderv@lesley.edu

 

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 gradprog@hamline.edu

 

ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES

 

LEARNING ON-LINE 

INSTITUTE OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

Correspondence courses and access to articles, tips, chat room discussions on writing. 

Visit www.Institutechildrenslit.com

 

 

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-

 

ONLINE PRESENTATION

Carmela Martino will be presenting “Coping with your Inner Critic” as part of the Catholic Writers Guild Online Conference to be held Feb. 17 to 19, 2017. 

For details see, catholicwritersguild.org/online-conference

 

www.carmelamartino.com

www.Teaching Authors.com           

www.facebook.com/carmelamartino, author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIDLIT COLLEGE WEBINAR EVENTS

 

Pacing Picture Books to WOW, the 10 Ps of Pacing

1st of 20 Webinars, Runs monthly, $19.99 each

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2017, 8 pm to 9:30 pm

2nd. Feb. 2, 2017, 7 pm to 9:30 pm

This course  runs monthly, one  technique at a time, to share how to hone your pacing.  Both writers and writer-illustrators are encouraged to join Jodell Sadler, MFA for this event.  We’ve made it monthly to keep you motivated year-round.   Critiques are an additional fee.

Register now: https:eventbrite.co.uk/e/pacing-picture books-the-10ps-of-pacing-narratives-tickets-30119990703ref=ebtnebtct

 

Weeding Your Literary Garden with Dr.A. LaFaye

This is a weekly LIVE Webinar event for $19.99 each, Class runs 4 weeks

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 8:00 to 9:30 pm

Award winning author and literary coach, Ms. LaFaye  will be leading a four week course in weeding your writing to bring out your voice,improve your style and create writing that will draw readers, editors and agents in from the first word and bring your writing alive. Join her for a hands-on, revise as you learn experience you will love.

Register: https://www.eventbrite/co.uk/e/weeding-your-literary-garden-with-dr-a-lafaye-tickets=30207556615

 

 Eve Adler’s Voice Webinar-A live Senior Editor Interactive Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Jump online with kitlitcollege.com and Senior Editor Eve Adler, Penquin, as she talks about voice, helps you ‘work out’  voice in your own work.  Participants will read examples from a handout, discuss and apply. Eve has live writing  exercises for you to do.  You do not need to bring a manuscript to the session as Eve will be supplying us with examples and prompts to open a new discussion on voice.

Register: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/eve-adlers-voice-how-to-bring-fresh-to-your-wriing-tickets-30140259327

 

Kidlit College Critiques-On Demand

Need advice?  Want more direction on how next edits may improve your manuscript? Want to know if your characters, theme, pacing, plot,etc. are working well.  Register for a Kidlit College critique now and have it back in a week.

Register:http://www.kidlitcollege.com/store/p92/Ms  Critique