Area Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

Winter 2018 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  Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and  published after its author attended a class or workshop.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

 

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

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.  In these workshops,  you will explore the world of visual storytelling.  Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format and design, you will create a handbound 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.  Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper.

Beginners as well as the very experienced are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Laura Montenegro at:

lauramontenegro@sbcglobal.net, www.lauranymanmontenegro.com

 

 

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Instructor: Carmela Martino,  Author

Six-Week Hands on  Workshop: Writing For Children and Teens

Wednesdays, April 18 to May 23, 2018,  7 to 9 pm

Course ID: HUMNT-0002-201

Cost: $139

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

In tho six-week workshop,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.

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

www.carmelamartino.com

www.Teaching Authors.com

 

 

 

The Newberry Library

60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 

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

Saturday, March 3, 2018 or Saturday, April 7, 2018,   10 am to 4 pm

Instructor: Author and Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn

Still wanting to realize your dream to write a children’s 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 are invited to share a work-in progress in order to see its reader/format/marketplace possibilities in today’s publishing world. (Please bring lunch as the class continues during the lunch hour.)

For more information or to register, visit: www.newberrylibrary.org  or call 312 255-3700

 

 

The Writers Studio, University of Chicago,

The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies

The  Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, (Between Illinois St. and North Water St.), Chicago 60611

Childrens Novel Writers Group

Wednesdays, March 18 to May 2, 2018,10 am to 12:30 pm

Instructor: Author and Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn

Unsure of how to move forward with your current early chapter book, middle grade or young adult novel-in-progress?  Joining this facilitated Children’s Novel Writers Group offers you a supportive professional community, positive constructive criticism and opportunities to learn and hone your craft.  Facilitated discussion 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 ofter guidance, focus, insight ad encouragement to writers of all levels.

To register, visit http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/

 

 

The 2018 Vermont Manuscript Workshop
July 15 to 20, 2018

The Landgrove Inn, Landgrove, Vermont

Instructor/Facilitator: Author/Writers Coach Esther Hershenhorn

Grounded in the ways and wonders of Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. this  summer workshop offers up to 8 children’s book creators the opportunity to ready their manuscript in a nurturing environment.  Uninterrupted writing time from morning to night in a bounty of beautiful settings, outside, all around the town; Daily face to face facilitator feedback and coaching on their efforts. Supplemental materials to guide and support the writing and revision process.  Rich connections with fellow like-minded, like- hearted writers to fine-tune both the story they’re telling and the writer’s life they’re living: Evening Read-aloud sessions; drop-in visits by Children’s Book World Residents;Optional outings to maximize nearby Vermont resources, such as Northshire Books in Manchester and local galleries.  Focused “Food For Thought” Writer’s journey conversations thoughout each day’s three delicious 5* meals.

Interested participants need a working manuscript on which to focus and a want and a need to take that manuscript to the necessary NEXT LEVEL whatever that may be.

Fee $700  For more information contact Esther Hershenhorn at esthersh@aol.com  Early Bird room and board available through Jan. 31, 2018. Contact Tom Checchia at vtinn@sover.net

 

The Fiction Writer’s Toolbox

New Trier West High School Extension Division, 7 Haps Road

Northfield

April 3 to May 22, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm.   

Instructor: Pamela Dell, Author

Cost: $168/ Seniors $151

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  character development, scene-setting, dialog, plot structure and other essential writerly skills.  In this hands-on, writer-friendly workshop,— no matter how your level of writing experience—you 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.

For more information,call  847 446-6600 and to see the catalog or register on line:  www.newtrier.extension.org

 

 

The following classes are taught by  Michelle Kogan

Email Michelle with any questions at: mkogan@mdandmk.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- 5 Week Sessions

Starts Monday, Jan 8th, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 pm

Starts Monday, Feb. 12th, 2018,9:30 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 $195/Non-member $215

 

Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #EO160A,#EO160B

Two 5 Week Sessions

Starts Tuesday,Jan 9th, 2018,   9:30 to 12:30 pm.

Starts Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 2018, 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 $165/Non-Member $185

 

Children’s Picture Book Illustration -10—Week Session #0153

Starts Wednesday, Jan 10th, 2018,  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, $330/Non-member $350

 

Pen & Ink & Watercolor 1-5 week Class. #0163

Starts Friday, Feb. 16th, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 pm

Using still life and reference material students will create drawings and paintings using a

variety of pens-dip pens, micron pen, brush pens, watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors, and brushes on various different papers.  See posted list for materials.

Age 16+, EAC Member $165/Non-member $185

 

Pen & Ink & Dr. Martin Watercolor Workshop #9026

Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018, 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. See posted list for materials

Skill Level: All Levels, Ages 18+, EAC Member $100/Non-member $120 

 

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-ILLINOIS

Spring Thaw: Pitch Perfect 2

April 21, 2018,  8:30  am to 4:30  pm

Barbara Belding Lodge at Brewster

6N921 IL Rte 25

St/ Charles, IL

 

SCBWI-MICHIGAN

Humor Conference in Detroit

May 5, 2018, 4 pm

Location TBA

 

Michigan Reading Association

March 17, 2-18, 4 pm

Cobo Center

Detroit, Michigan

 

SCBWI-WISCONSIN

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Agent Day—An online webinar event

$39 Member/$69 non—member

For more information see the SCBWI

Wisconsin website

 

SCBWI INTERNATIONAL

19th Annual Winter Conference

February 2 to 4, 2018

New York, New York

 

Annual Summer Conference

August 3 to 6, 2018

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

To register: http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/register-now/)

 

 

Getting To Know Your Novel with Sarah Aronson (On line course plus Onsite Retreat)

January 8 to April 19, 2018

Give your novel the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity based web series paired with a guided. . .http://www.highlightsfundation.org/workhsops/getting-to-know-your-novel-with-sarah-aronson 2018

 

 

Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat

January 28 to February 4, 2018

Please note: This workshop is full  Send us an email to join our waiting list!A special and unusual retreat. . .

http://www/highlights foundation.org/workshops/yoder-alumni-winter-2018

 

 

Everything You  Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course

March 22 to March 25, 2018

A workshop for serious beginners: learn all you need to know about the children’s book

industry! This intensive weekend is. . .

http://www/highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/everything-you-need-to-know-about-childrens-book-publishing-a-crash-course-2018

 

 

Novel Writing With Patti Gauch

March 25 to March 31, 2018

Please note: This workshop is full.  Send us an email to join our waiting list! Move your

novel to the. . .

http://www.highlightsfoundation/org/workshops/novel-writing-with-patti-gauch-2018

 

Color, Light, Line and Texture Hands-on Workshop

 April 26 to April 29, 2018

Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for illustration and art admirers alike.  NO. . .

http://www/highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/color-light-line-and-texture-hands-on-workshop

 

Crafting successful Author Visits

 April 29 to May 4, 2018

Come and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side.  School visits

are a powerful way to. . .

http://www/highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/crafting-successful-author-visits

 

 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 2017

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’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.

For a full list of all OCWW programming. which starts in September, visit: https:ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org/events

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

Lousville,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