SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Area Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

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  Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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  jsseng629@yahoo.com

 

CLASSES

 

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 cs@saic.edu<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.

Evanston, IL

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 weeks 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:

 

www.lauranymanmontenegro.com

lauramontenegro@sbglobal.net

Laura Nyman Montenegro

www.lauranymontenegro.com

 

Also offering private instruction

847  328-4175 call or email for information

lauramontenegro@sbcglobal.net

 

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

http://www.peninsulaschoolof art.org/adult-workshops/

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:

lauramontenegro@sbcglobal.net, www.lauranymanmontenegro.com

 

 

The Newberry Library

60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL  

OH, THE POSSIBILITIES: WRITING FOR CHILDREN IN TODAYS 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 childrens picture book someday?

Anxious to learn what to do once you write it? This workshop introduces newcomers to todays Childrens 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 todays 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

Landgrove, VT

Instructor/Facilitator: Author/Childrens Book Writers Coach Esther Hershenhorn

This small workshop honors Barbara Seulings 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 esthersh@aol.com 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.

https://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Community/CCE/Language-Literature-and-Writing.cfm

 

The following classes are taught by  Michelle Kogan

Email Michelle with any questions at: mkogan@mdandmk.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 well 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

 

Childrens Picture Book Illustration #0153

11 Week Class, Starts Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 9:30 to 12:30 pm

Choose a classic childrens 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

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-IL

2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference

May 3 to May 5, 2019

Chicago Marriott Naperville

1801 N. Naper Road

Naperville, IL

 

SCBWI-MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor Shop Talk

Jan 26, Feb 23, March 23, April 27, 2019 10 am to 12 pm

AADL Downtown

343 S. 5th Avenue

Ann Arbor, Michigan

SCBWI-WISCONSIN

Winter Webinar Agent Day Event

January 20, 2019. 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Address: TBA

 

 

SCBWI INTERNATIONAL

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

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 childrens 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. . .

(https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/programs/531/getting-to-know=your-online-course-jan-3-feb-21-plus-onsite-retreat-apr- 7-11-2019)

 

Carolyn P. Yoders Alumni Retreat

March 8 to 15,  2019

A special and unusual retreat open only to graduates of  Carolyn P. Yoders workshops.  Participants will come together for seven. . .

(https://www.highlights foundation.org/workshops/1043/carolyn-p-yoders-alumni-retreat-

march-2019/)

 

Symposium for Jewish Childrens 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-

grams 1007symposium-for-jewish-childrens-literature-novelists-and-publishing-professionals)

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Childrens Book PublishingA Crash Course

2019

March 21 to 24, 2019

This intensive week-end is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the

childrens book publishing industry works. .  .(http://www. highlightsfoundation/1022/everything-you-need-to- know-about-childrens 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, its easier than its 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. youll. .  .(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/

1026/crafting-successful-Author-visits-2019)

 

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 Writers Workshops Winter 2015

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 childrensJ 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.  

 

 

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

Louisville,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 CHILDRENS LITERATURE

Correspondence courses and access to articles, tips, chat room discussions on writing.  

Visit www.Institutechildrenslit.com

 

WRITERS 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 Writers Digest Online Courses, visit www.writersonlineworkshops.com-