Fall 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 Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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 email@example.com
BIG TABLE STUDIO
1700 Crain Street. Evanston, IL
Instructor: Laura Montenegro,Author/Illustrator
Faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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 Fall, 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.
Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, Wisconsin,
FROM STORY TO PICTURE BOOK
Sept. 7,8,9, 2017, 9:00 am to 4 pm
Media: Drawing and Mixed Media
Skill Level: Level II to III
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, Author and Illustrator
Tuition: Members: $385/Non-Members $420
Register on line or by phone: 920-868-3455
Concept: Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop.
Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format and design, you will create a hand bound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process.
Experience: Laura will share her experience and techniques trough discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper.
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For more information, please contact:
Laura Montenegro at:
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Instructor: Carmela Martino, Author
One-day Workshop: Turning Life Into Fiction
Saturday October 21, 2017 9 am to 3 pm
Course ID: HUMNT-0002-003
Please bring a sack lunch.
This one-day workshop will introduce you to techniques for creating fiction based on your own
life events, or those of others. Learn how to mine your past for story ideas and details that
will bring your fiction to life. Find our how to create compose characters from real people
and turn anecdotes into stories that have a beginning, middle and end.
For more information, see: http://www.carmelamartino.com/events.htm
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL
“Picture This: Writing Picture Books For Children”
Wednesday evenings,October 4 to November 15, 2017, 5:45 -7:45 pm
Instructor: Author and Children’s Book Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
This workshop focuses on how to create and write a successful children’s picture book
that connects with both young readers and today’s ever-changing marketplace.
Participants’ manuscripts will be shared and discussed to highlight the variety of picture books and structures, craft, the writing process and publishing opportunities. Writers of all levels will be offered a supportive, challenging and encouraging environment.
For more information or to register, visit: www.newberrylibrary.org or call 312 255-3700
The Writer’s Studio, University of Chicago,
The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and
The Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, (Between Illinois St. and North Water St.), Chicago 60611
“Publishing Your Book for Children and Young Adults”
Thursdays, November 30, to December 7,2017, 6 pm to 9 pm
Instructor: Author and Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
If you’re thinking about writing a children’s book, either fiction or nonfiction, this two-session seminar will both ground you in today’s children’s book world and help you move forward in
readying your book for readers. Session one will focus on publishing possibilities and
opportunities—the segments, formats, genres, marketplace and reader considerations. After sharing up to five double-spaced pages of a book proposal or first chapter, session two will focus on providing group and instructor feedback to assess three areas—a story’s likely audience, format, and marketability.
To register, visit http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/
Off Campus Writers Workshop
Winnetka Community Center
620 Lincoln Ave
Children’s Book Writing Group 101: THE WHO,WHAT, WHEN, WHERE,WHY AND HOW!
Thursday, November 9,2017, 9:30 to noon.
The word group is both a noun AND a verb. Author and Children’s Book Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn shares Writing Group basics, opportunities, and possibilities, highlighting actions children’s book-writing members can take so all in the group successfully navigate the creative process and their Children’s Book World.
Individual critiques are not available.
However, two manuscripts from those submitted will be selected for group presentation and discussion. Writers can submit- between October 16 and October 20- up to five pages of a picture book or the first chapter of a chapter book (early chapter, mg, YA ,nonfiction)+
story description/summary. Email the pages as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Label the subject head “Manuscript for Nov. 9 OCWW Presentation.”
For more information visit www.ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org/
Writers Support Group
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Rd.
Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Moderator: Allan Woodrow
Sept. 13, 2017
“How a Simple Question Became a Novel. . .and then a Series.”
Author and Northwestern professor Susanna Calkins will share the inspiration behind her award-winning historical mysteries and her own path to publication. She will discuss strategies for moving a story forward and engaging readers, no matter the genre of writing.
Supporting all genres of writing we critique work, have monthly “homework shares” and meet for support and inspiration. Visit our page on meetup.com for more information,
The following classes are taught by Michelle Kogan
Email Michelle with any questions at: email@example.com
Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
For registration, call (847) 475-5300 or visit: http://www.evanstonartcenter.org
Figures And Nature Drawing. Painting #0158, 0159
Two- 6 Week Sessions
Starts Monday, Sept. 11th, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm.
Using drawing and painting mediums we’ll begin with the figure and ad 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 $230
Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #EO160A,#EO160A
Two 6 Week Sessions
Starts Tuesday, Sept. 12th – 2017, , 9:30 to 12:30 pm.
Starts Tuesday, Oct, 24th,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. 16+ EAC Member $185/Non-Member $205
Children’s Picture Book Illustration -12-Week Session #0153
Starts Wednesday, Sept. 13th, 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, $370/Non-member $390
Plein Air in the City
2 – 3 day Classes, Thursday 9:30 to 12:30 pm
A. Sept. 28th, Oct. 5 & 12th, 2017,#9005A; B. Oct, 19th & 26th & Nov. 2, 2017, #9005B
We’ll draw/paint inside/outside garden venues, in and outside the city including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and Lurie Garden and others. 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, also see posted list for all materials.
Ages 16+ EAC Member Rate $90. Non-Member Rate $110
Create a Zine #0211
1-4 week Class, Friday Oct. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 2017, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Zines are mini magazines that are self-published-using copy machines, having a specific focus. Many zines contain art, writing-poetry, short stories, and book/movie reviews. When you’ve discovered your topic, gather material 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
Pen & Ink & Dr. Martin Watercolor #9026
Saturday, Oct. 14th, 2017, 9:30 am 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
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
November 4, 2017, 9 am to 6 pm
Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day 2017
Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
October 21, 2017 9 am to 4:15 pm
Indiana Superstars Fall Conference
Books Elementary School
12451 Brooks School Road
Illustrator’s Critique Meeting
August 28, 2017, 7 to 9 pm
Barnes & Noble
8675 River Road Crossing Blvd.
Storytelling! Unlock Your Superpowers—
2017 Fall Conference
October 13, 2017,1:00 to October 15, 2017, 5:00 pm
350 1st Avenue
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Gathering on the Grand
September 15 & 16, 2017
L V. Eberhard Center
301 West Fullerton Street
Grand Rapids, MI
Ann Arbor Shop Talk
September 23, November 18, 2017, 10 am to 12 pm
343 S. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
2017 Fall Retreat Conference
September 15 to September 17, 2017,
Chula Vista Resort
2501 River Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Oct. 25, Nov,15,Dec. 13, 2017, 7 to 8 pm
961 S. Park St.
19th Annual Winter Conference
February 2 to 4, 2018
New York, New York
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/)
September 7 to 10, 2017
Immerse yourself in Illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Learn more (http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/illustration-intensive-2017/)
Faculty: Adriana Dominguez, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Giuseppe Castellano, James Ransome, Lori Nichols, Mike Curato
Historical Realities in Fiction for Children
September 14 to 17, 2017
Build an understanding of the role of writing stories to process historical narratives.
Learn more (http://www.highlights foundation.org/workshops/historical-realities-in-
Faculty: Donna Jo Napoli, Marilisa Jimenez Garcia
The Journey: Your Path to Publication
September 24 to 27, 2017
Engagement, collaboration, mentorship and a rekindling of joy in your path to
Faculty: Don Tate, Carmen Oliver. Special Guests: Floyd Cooper, Kelly Starling Lyons
Artist-in-Residency: Denise Fleming
October 1 to 5, 2017
Spend time working on your project and come together with Denise for meals and
Books With Bite Workshop and Retreat
Writing Horror and Haunted Novels
October 4 to 8,2017
Have your work critiqued, produce new pages and come away with solid direction. Learn more (http://www,highlights foundation.org/workshops/books-with-bite-workshop-and-retreat-wrting–horror-and-haunted-novels-2017/)
Faculty: Nova Ren Suma,Micol Ostow
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth
October 6 to 8, 2017
A down-to-earth, hands-on workshop for the illustrator who’s looking for the inside track, packed with valuable pointers and solid advice. Learn more (http:// foundation.org/workshops/picture-book-illustration-from-conception-to-birth-2017/
Faculty: Tim Gillner
The Art & Craft of Nature Writing & Illustration
October 8 to 11, 2017
Discover nature and stories through guided observations, research and mentoring.
Faculty: Julie Zickefoose, Kate Garchinsky. Special Guest: Laurence Pringle
The Joke’s on You! The Scoop on Humor, Middle Grade through YA. Learn to manipulate humor in your writing, grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your story. Learn more (http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/the-jokes-on-you-the-scoop-on-humor-middle-grade-through-ya-2017/)
Faculty: Uma Krishnaswami, Cynthia Leitich. Special Guests: Elizabeth Harding, Ginger Knowlton, Sean Petrie
The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children
October 15 to 19, 2017
If you have a passion for writing children’s poetry, then please join us. Beginning poets, seasoned writers, teachers and dreamers are all welcome. Learn more (http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/the-craft-and-heart-of-writing-poetry-for-children-2017/)
Faculty: Rebecca Kai Dotlich,Georgia Heard. Special Guest: Rebecca Davis
The Fundamentals of Writing Biography
October 19 to 22, 2017
Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Learn more (http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/the-fundamentals-of-writing-biography-2017/)
Faculty: Bethany Hegedus, Cynthia Levinso. Special Guests: Kandace Coston, AG Frd (via Skype).
Digital Storytelling: Techniques for Creating Engaging Experiences On Screens
October 22 to 24, 2017
Join us to review the latest chlldren’s digital products, with an emphasis on language, literacy and digital storytelling. Learn more (http://highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/digital-storytelling-techniques-for-creating-engaging-experiences/)
Faculty: Waren Buckleitner. Special Guest: Katie Paciga
Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck
October 25 to 29, 2017
An intimate workshop for middle grade authors looking to explore or revise and
polish a work in progress. Learn more (http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/getting-your-middle-grade-novel-unstuck-2017/ )
Faculty: Chris Tebbetts. Elise Broach. Special Guest: Aubrey Poole
DIY Repair Kit for Writers: Get Your Fixer-Upper Ready to Sell
October 26 to 29, 2017
A hand-on workshop for novelists ready to deconstruct and rebuild their manuscripts.
Faculty: Mitali Perkins, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Artist-in-Residence: Varian Johnson
November 10 to 14, 2017
Spend time working on your project and come together with Varian for meals and
informal feedback. Learn more (http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/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 2017
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-