Winter/Spring 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 Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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 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>
Setting The Table For the Muse
Tuesdays May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019, 6-9 pm
BIG TABLE STUDIO
1700 Crain Street.
Instructor: Laura Montenegro,Author/Illustrator
Making a book dummy is the most magical act in the making of a picture book. It is the
physical handmade assembling of pages and images,gutter and cover. It is the book, just now
born, shaped and standing on its first legs. The dummy is at the heart of picture book making. It can be rough,raw, finished, clumsy or elegant but it reveals the specific 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 an original book dummy based on that week’s particular structure. At the end of this concentrated, four week course,you will have completed four book dummies. Both writers and illustrators, whether beginner or experienced will benefit from this engaging, playful class. No art experience is necessary.
Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, examination of picture books, 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, call 847-328-4175 or please contact:
Laura Nyman Montenegro
Also offering private instruction
847 328-4175 call or email for information
Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, Wisconsin,
Creating The Children’s Picture Book
Monday to Thursday, June 10 to 13, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, Author and Illustrator
Register on line or by phone: 920-868-3455
Register now to reserve your seat at this beautiful art school. The class is intensive and
what a place to work on a picture book project with a group of like minded artists.
For more information, please contact:
Laura Montenegro at:
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL
OH, THE POSSIBILITIES: WRITING FOR CHILDREN IN TODAY’S PUBLISHING WORLD
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 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)
For more information or to register, visit: http://www.newberry.org/or call 312 255-3700
The Manuscript Workshop
July 14 to 19, 2019
The Center for the Arts at the Landgrove Inn
Landgrove Inn, VT
Instructor/Facilitator: Author/Children’s Book Writer’s Coach Esther Hershenhorn
This small 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 connecting opportunities to take their existing manuscripts to the desired Next Level.
Interested participants need a working manuscript on which to focus, a want and need
to take the manuscript to the next level, and a willingness to connect with their world.
their story and themselves.
NOTE; To ensure a worthwhile experience, participants must email the facilitator samples
of the work on which they wish to focus by May 25. If a picture book, please send the
entire manuscript, if a chapter book please send the first ten pages plus a synopsis or description of the story.
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
Call (800) 669-8466 to register and reserve a room.
Register by 131/19 and receive 10% off the accommodations rate.
Creating Stories for Children
Mondays,2/11 to 4/22/2019, 6 ti 8 pm (no class on 3/11/19)
Rock Valley College
3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114
Room JCSM 1104
Community & Continuing Ed
Instructor: Jennifer Kay Loescher
Just try it! Are you new to writing stories for children? Or are you an experienced writer who
wants to explore new levels or genres? This creative writing course for adults is the perfect
place to learn and experiment. Half of the classroom time each week will be devoted to critiquing student writing. Lectures and writing exercises will focus on writing poetry, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels. Additional topics covered may include genre fiction, graphic novels, epistolary techniques and nonfiction.
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, Jan.7,2019, 6 week session, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Monday, Feb.18, 2019, 5 week session, 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+ 6 week EAC Member $230/Non-member $250
5 week EAC Member $195, Non-member $215
Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #E0160A &E0160B
Starts Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm.
Starts Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019,5 week class, 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. Age 16+ 6 week EAC Member $195/Non-Member $215
5 week EAC Member $165/Non-member $185
Children’s Picture Book Illustration #0153
11 Week Class, Starts Wednesday, Jan. 9, 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. 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, $360/Non-member $380
Poetry and Art #0321 & 0322
Starts Thursday, Jan 10th,2019, 6 week class,9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Thursday, Feb. 21st, 2019. 5 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
The link between poetry and art is ripe for exploration in this class
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. Looking at current EAC exhibitions and
images of works of art you share, we will create both poems inspired
by art and sketches inspired by poetry. Bring to class: writing journal/
sketchbook, pencils and erasers.
All Levels ages 16+ 6 week EAC Member $195/ Member Rate $215
5 week EAC Member$165/ Non-member $185
Pen & Ink Watercolor-6 week Class #0163 & 0187
Starts Friday, Jan 11th, 2019, 6 week class, 9:30-12:30 pm
Starts Friday, Feb.22nd, 2019,5 week class, 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 pens, brush pens, watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors,
and brushes on various papers. See posted list for materials. All levels.
Ages 16+ 6 week EAC Member $195/Non-/Member Rate $215
5 week EAC Member165/Non-Member $185
Pen,& Ink and Dr. Martin Watercolor #9026
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, 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.
All Levels Ages 18+. EAC MEMBER $110/Non-member $130.
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
2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference
May 3 to May 5, 2019
Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Road
Ann Arbor Shop Talk
Jan 26, Feb 23, March 23, April 27, 2019 10 am to 12 pm
343 S. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Winter Webinar Agent Day Event
January 20, 2019. 1:00 to 4:30 pm
48th 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.
Getting to Know your Novel and Sarah Aaronson
January 3 to April 11, 2019
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
March 8 to 15, 2019
A special and unusual retreat open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Participants will come together for seven. . .
Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature: Novelists and Publishing Professionals
March 15 to 18, 2019
Beyond the holocaust & Holidays: Who Are We and What Are We Writing? Designed for established and emerging novelists. . .(https://www.highlightsfoundation.org.pro-
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing” A Crash Course
March 21 to 24, 2019
This intensive week-end is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the
children’s book publishing industry works. . .(http://www. highlightsfoundation/1022/everything-you-need-to- know-about-children’s publishing-a-crash-course-2019)
Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions
March 25 to 28, 2019
Considering self or indie publishing? Let us help you prepare. Thanks for advances in
technology, it’s easier than it’s ever been. . .(http://www.highlightsfoundation/org. programs/1091/self-or-indie-publishing-answering-the-big-questions=2019)
Novel Writing With Patti Gauch 2019
March 31 to April 6 , 2019
Overview Move your novel to the next level with editor Patti Gauch. In this six day
workshop. you’ll. . .(https:// www.highlights foundation.org/programs/1024/ novel-writing-with-patti-gauch-2019).
Crafting Successful Author Visits 2019
April 28 to May 2, 1018
Crate and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side.
school visits are a powerful way to. . . http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/programs/
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’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 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-