Spring/Summer 2019 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 Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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
Setting The Table For The Muse
Tuesdays May 7,14,21,28, 2019
1700 Crain Street. Evanston, IL
Instructor: Laura Montenegro,Author/Illustrator
To register or for more information: 847-328-4175
Making the book dummy is arguably the most magical act in the create of a picture
book. This playful assembling of word, image and book design leads one into wholly
unexpected realms of storytelling and meaning. Be it rough or finished, the book
dummy elegantly reveals the hidden personality of the book in a way that simple
writing or illustrating cannot do.
In this class, we will focus on a different story structure each week and you will create
four simple, original book dummies based on these structures. Through demonstrations,exercises and individualized feedback, you will develop your ideas and put them on paper.
Emphasis will be on developing your own personal artistic expression. All are welcome, both beginners and experienced.
Laura Montenegro at:
Peninsula School of Art
3900 Co Road F
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Creating The Children’s Picture Book
June 10,11,12.13, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Instructor: Author Laura Montenegro
Tuition: Members $450.00/Non-Members $490.00
The children’s picture book is a unique art form with visual storytelling at it’s heart.
The unfolding of a story relies on sequential images to carry the reader from beginning
to end. Add to this, the interweaving of word with image and you have a richly complex
storytelling form. In this workshop you will experiment with a variety of styles, materials, and techniques to create your own hand-bound picture book, as well as learn about the
children’s book publishing process.
The picture book maker has many elements available with which to shape their story;
word, image, pacing, structure, format, and cover design. Each day you will engage in
playful exercises, demonstrations, and in-class activities exploring these essential
elements. This workshop will lead you through making small experimental books to a
longer, more complex hand-bound book dummy based on a concept of your choosing.
You will receive individualized feedback throughout the class as you develop your skills.
Leave with a strong foundation, energized and inspired to continue picture book
making in your own studio.
TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.oeninsukaschoolof art.
WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEEN READERS
Mondays,May 13 to June 24, 2019, 6 to 8:30 pm
Instructor: Author, Patricia Hruby Powell
Explore character, point of view, plot,and setting using your current manuscript or
starting a new one. With award-winning author Patricia Hruby Powell,you’ll practice
show-don’t-tell techniques, scene building and writing in prose or verse. In class
you’ll practice giving and getting constructive criticism. You’ll receive expert advice
on the publishing process and be guided toward experiencing the fun of writing.
Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome.
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 312 255-3700
WORKSHOPPING YOUR PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT (For advanced writers)
Wednesday evenings,June 12, 19,26,July 3, 2019 5:45 -7:45 pm
Instructor: Author/ Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
Eager to revise your picture book manuscript to ready it for submission? This instructor-
led-mini-workshopping opportunity in which writers share their manuscripts helps writer continue
to learn and hone their craft. Constructive ongoing feedback on substantive revisions
will focus on key storytelling elements specific to the picture book format. Writers will return to their stories, able to re-vision them with refreshed eyes.
Note: This workshop is only for those who have previously taken a picture book writing
course and have a completed manuscript ready for revision.
To register, visit: www.newberrylibrary.org
The Manuscript Workshop
July 14 to 19, 2019
Landgrove Inn, 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-Vermond.html to learn more and/or email
Esther Hershenhorn at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For more information abut the beautiful historic Inn, visit www.landgroveinn.com
Introduction to Liv Lit
4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., #222
Chicago, IL. 60513
Four week course starting on May 29, 2019
Instructor: Ines Bellina
If you’re a writer in Chicago, you have probably heard about the city’s thriving Live Lit
scene.Beyond the thrills and maybe the chills of telling a story to a live audience,
participating in shows can hone skills that are useful for any type of writing, like
brainstorming story ideas,writing within limitations and deadlines, editing for clarity
and precision and tapping into a community of peers.
In this four week course, you will learn the skills to craft a story that leaps off the page
and onto the Live Lit stage. Sessions will include writing exercises, performance
practice and supportive feedback so you can feel ready to share your story with the
world—or at least a small captive audience in the back room of a bar. By the end of the
course, students will leave with at least one one completed Live Lit piece and the chance
to perform at our very own graduation show.
To register: https//storiesmatter.z2systema.con/np/clients/storiesmatter/event.jsp?event=41&
The following classes are taught by Michelle Kogan
Email Michelle with any questions at: email@example.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
Starts Monday, June 10th, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Monday, June 22nd, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Using drawing/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 begins
with warm up sketches. Instruction will focus in creating strong compositions, anatomy,
materials, color and combining figures in nature. This class will have a life model.
All levels. Ages 18+ Regular Rate 6 week,EAC Member $230; Non-member $250
Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #EO160A, #EO160B
Starts Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm,
Starts Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm,
Class focuses on creating vibrant paintings, 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; and critiques.
All Levels. Ages 16+. 6 week EAC Member $195/Non-Member $215
Children’s Picture Book Illustration-12 week class #0153
Starts Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 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. In class we’ll cover creating thumbnail layouts, storyboarding and using a scanner/computer to create book dummies. Bring to 1st class: 9 x 12 inch sketchbook, tracing paper pad, kneaded eraser, 3 staedtler mars #3b drawing pencils, pencil sharpener and references for your picture book drawings.
All Levels. Ages 18+, EAC Member, $390/Non-member $410
Poetry and Art #0321
Starts Thursday, June 13th, 2019, 6 week class ,9:30 to 12:30 pm
The link between poetry and art is ripe for exploration—in this class
and we will write ekphrastic poetry-poems written and inspired by works
of art, which may include skinny,haiku,tanka, cherita, limerick, list,
golden shovel and concrete. We’ll look at contemporary and historical
art, and images of art you share,we will create both poems inspired by
art and and sketches inspired by poetry Bring to class: writing journal/
sketchbook, pencils and erasers. watercolors, watercolor or regular inks,
watercolor ink, brushes,pen holders and nibs.
All Levels ages 16+ EAC Member $195/ Non-Member $215
Pen & Ink Watercolor- #0163 & 0187
Starts Friday, June 14th, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30-12:30 pm
Starts Friday, July 26th, 2019, 6 week class, 9;30 -12:30 pm
Using still life and reference material students will create drawings and paintings using
a variety of pens-dip pens, micron pens, brush pens, watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors,
inks and brushes on various papers. See posted list for materials.
All Levels, Ages 16+ EAC Member$195/Non-Member $215
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
May 3 to May 5, 2019
The Marvelous Midwest Conference
Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd.
Ann Arbor Shop Talk
June 22,July 27,August 24, 2019, 10 am to 12 pm
343 S. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
SCBWI-MI Kast Meeting
April 20, June 8, May 18-19,2019, 10 am-12 pm
Comstock Public School Admin. Bldg.
3010 Gull Road
SE Mitten Shop Talk
June 1, May 11, 2019
Heritage Park Visitor Center
24915 Farmington Road
Farmington Hills, MI
Social Media for Authors and Illustrators
Online Zoom Meeting
April 29, 2019, 8 pm
May 21, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Muskego Public Library
S73 W16663 W. Jonesville Rd
The Dish on Dialogue with Victoria Selvaggio
June 15, 2019, 10 am to 1 pm
Pewaukee Public Library
210 Main Street
Creating Compelling Characters
July 16, 2019. 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Muskego Public Library
S73 W16663 W. Jonesville Rd
Annual Summer Conference
August 9 to 12, 2019
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)
Crafting Successful Author & Illustrator Visits
April 28 to May 2, 2019
Overview Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits are a powerful way to. . .
Color, Light, Line and Texture Hands On Workshop
May 2 to 5, 2019
Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for every one.
No previous art experience required. . .
The Whole Novel Workshop
May 5 to May 11, 2019
Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Focused attention in an intimate
setting makes this mentorship program one. . .
Writing the Unreal: the Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
May 12 to 19, 2019
Designed for any one with a completed or near complete draft of a middle grade or young in adult novel in fantasy or. . .
Filling The Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and
May 19 to May 24, 2019
In this workshop, renowned editor and consultant Emma D. Dryden will guide participants
through proven techniques for editing and revising. . .
Crafting A Picture Book Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Breakthrough
May 30 to June 2, 2019
Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for
submission. Whether you are working on . . .
Anti-heroes and Villains: Crafting Flawed Characters We Love to Hate
June 6 to June 9, 2019
Overview Create deep veins of backstory and characterization to shape villains and
anti-heroes in middle grade and young novel. . .
Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing
June 9 to June 13, 2018
Energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction that shines the light on
exciting science, technology , engineering and math. . .
Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working
June 14 to June 16, 2019
Begin the hard work needed to learn about and fight for representation of culture differences
in children’s books and our. . .
Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers
June 17 to June 20, 2019
Gain understanding of the unique needs of books for children transitioning to independent
readers. . .
Picture Books And All That Jazz
June 20 to June 23, 2019
Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers.
Every one loves picture books. But writing stories. . .
Writing for the Educational Market
June 23 to June 27, 2019
Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them?
Welcome to the educational. . .
Native Creators’ Summer Retreat
June 27 to June 30, 2017
A retreat for Native American book creators writing for and about children.
From the Outside In: Writing Outside Your Own Experiences For Books For Children and
June 30 to July 2, 2019
Overview Learn meaningful ways to form diverse characters and worlds, avoid harmful stereotypes and create responsible narratives for children and . . .
Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship
July 7 to July 12, 2019
Keynotes, workshops and a creative mentor to provide one-on-one support; our Summer Camp is for any writer or illustrate who. . .
Master Class In Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adult
July 13 to July 17, 2019
Nonfiction matters. Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real. . .
July 17 to July 20, 2019
Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling. Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and. . .
July 31 to August 4, 2019
All writers need to revise, wherever they are on their journey; this workshop will show you
how and give you. . .
Your Guide to Graphic Novels
August 1 to 4, 2019
Have an idea for a graphic novel or comic book? Join us to learn about the narrative
style of this. . .
The Ins and Outs of a Picture Book and Its Many Forms
August 4 to 7, 2019
The word count may be short but the book is long. Let three celebrated picture book
authors help you navigate. . .
Novel Beginnings: Building Strong Foundations For Your Novel and Your Career
August 8 to 11, 2019
Get feedback on your novel and guidance about your writing career from two
experienced authors with great teaching and editing. . .
Whole Novel Workshop
August 11 to August 17, 2019
Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission. Focused attention in an
intimate setting makes this mentorship program one. . .
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat
August 17 to August 24,2019
A special and unusual retreat, open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops.
Participants will come together for seven. . .
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-