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 Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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
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 email@example.com<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.
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:
Laura Nyman Montenegro
Also offering private instruction
847 328-4175 call or email for information
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
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 today’s 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
No Fooling’: PAL Marketing and Inspiration
April 1, 2017
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
343 S. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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
Jan, 25,Feb. 22, Mar. 15, April 12, 2017, 7 pm to 8 pm
961 S. Park Street
2017 Spring Luncheon
April 22, 2017
Oconomowoc Lake Club
4668 Lake Club Circle
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.
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>>
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>>
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>>
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<<
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>>
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)>>
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>>
For all workshops, phone (877) 512-8365 with questions. To register or to request more
information, e-mail Jo Lloyd, Program Assistant, email@example.com
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’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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org] email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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-
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
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.
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.
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.