SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Area Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

Spring/Summer 2021

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  Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.

 

CLASSES:

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Instructor:          Patricia Hruby Powell

Date/Time:         6 Mondays April 5 – May  10; 6:00 pm – 8:30 p.m.

Tuition:              $149

Explore character, point of view, plot, and setting using your current manuscript or starting a new one. Award-winning author Patricia Hruby Powell will help you practice show-dont-tell techniques, scene building, and writing in prose or verse. Practice giving and receiving constructive criticism. Receive expert advice on the publishing process and be guided toward experiencing the fun of writing. Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome. 

To register:

https://parkland.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=10687&int_category_id=4&int_sub_category_id=21&int_catalog_id=0

 

Writing for Teens (Even If You Arent One)

Instructor:          Kat Falls

Date/Time:         May 18 & 20  3:00 – 4:30PM CST

Tuition:              $80

Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction are wildly popular and still-growing categories in book publishing that encompass many genres. What MG/YA novels have in common are teenage protagonists and a sense of immediacy — beyond that, anything goes. Whether the characters are competing in The Hunger Games or a seventh-grade science fair, the thing that unites the most successful books in the tween/teen category is high emotional stakes and emotional intensity.

This online workshop is designed for those who want to learn how to write a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel. It is often difficult for writers to determine whether they are writing for tweens or teens. Having published in both markets, Kat will discuss the differences that define them and share strategies for writing engaging work for young readers. We will examine the categories unique parameters; creating a premise with must-read! potential; and developing protagonists with teen appeal. In addition, Kat will touch on practical matters such as how to catch an agent’s eye and the publishing process.

This class is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic beginners.

To register:

Once registration opens, you can sign up online at:

www.sanmiguelliterarysala.org

 

Writing For Young People

Instructor:          Sarah Hammond

Date/Time:         May 21-23, 2021

Tuition:              $305 for the retreat

Join us for the fifth annual Writing Retreat at Shake Rag Alley, open to writers of all levels. Are you interested in learning about the world of writing children’s books? During Sarah Hammonds three-day intensive workshop, we will explore this story craft from picture books, to middle grade, and to young adult fiction. We will also investigate different aspects of crafting stories, including finding memorable characters, discovering setting, creating delicious monsters and baddies, and learning how to stir up trouble and conflict. In each session, we will discuss story principles and read extracts of published work. We will also carry out writing exercises and, in the spirit of the audience we are writing for, have fun. Participants will take away work-in-progress and story ideas to develop after the program. All are welcome: we all have a story to tell. Interwoven around these main workshops will be optional and inspiring creative activities, including:

  Craft Talks and Panel Discussions

  Faculty and Local Author Reading

  Two Participant Open Mics 

To register:

Please find out more information here: https://shakeragalley.org/annual-retreats/writing-retreat/

 

The Whole Novel Retreat at Highlights

Instructor: Sarah Aronson, Nancy Werlin, Jennifer Jacobson,
Crystal Allen, and Erin Entrada Kelly

Date/Time:         Aug-21

Tuition:              TBA

Are you ready to take your whole novel to the next level?

This one week retreat includes:

FEEDBACK (of your whole novel)

WORKSHOP with peers

ONE on ONE discussion with the faculty

LECCTURES, WRITING TIME, AND GREAT FOOD

To register:

APPLY EARLY!

Art Classes

Evanston Art Center and Harper College Community Education

Instructor:          Michelle Kogan

Date/Time:         See individual class for time

Tuition:              See individual class for cost

Figure and Nature Drawing and Painting  SPRING Online # V0158

Evanston Art Center

Monday, 9:30am-12:30pm Central

Eight-week class beginning April 5, 2021

New students will be introduced and continuing students refreshed while practicing drawing techniques via lectures, warm-up drawings, and longer finished poses. Techniques may include: gesture and organizational line, contour line, shape-plane-volume-modeling, value, foreshortening, and anatomical studies. We will work from a clothed model, and have critiques, which will show off your work and provide class supportive response. Choose to work in drawing and/or painting mediums.

Skill Level: All Levels  Regular Rate: $380.00  Member Rate: $360.00

 

Figure and Nature Drawing and Painting  SUMMER Online # V0158 & V0159

Evanston Art Center

Monday, 9:30am-12:30pm Central

2  6-week classes beginning June 7, 2021 & July 26, 2021

See Description Above All Levels  Regular Rate: $255.00  Member Rate: $275.00

 

Figure DrawingPainting & Composition SPRING/SUMMER Online2 sessions

Harper College Community Education Tuesday,  6:00pm to 9:00pm

LEI0078-002  Thursday, May 27, 2021 to July 1, 2021

Tuition and Fees  $295.00

LEI0078-003  Thursday July 8, 2021 to August 5th, 2021

Tuition and Fees  $245.00

Beginning students will be introduced and advanced students refreshed while practicing drawing techniques via lectures, warm-up drawings, and longer finished poses. Techniques may include: gesture and organizational line, contour line, shape-plane-volume-modeling, value, foreshortening, and anatomical studies. We will work from a clothed model, and have critiques, which will show off your work and provide class supportive response. For longer poses well focus on composition and the figure within this space, and students may choose to work in drawing and/or painting mediums. Please visit Harpers website for the Supply List; a painting supply list will be posted when class begins.

 

Watercolors: Materials, Composition, & Technique SPRING Online #V0160

Evanston Art Center

Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm Central

Eight-week class beginning April 6, 2021

Create both vibrant and subdued paintings with strong compositions using watercolor tubes, and watercolor pencils. Instruction includes demos on watercolor techniques- applying watercolor washes, painting wet in wet, and painting without a sketch. Learn about staining and lightfast colors. The instructor will provide a variety of still-lifes, and these will also be available online. We will have individual and group critiques a critique is for showing off your work and class supportive response.

Skill Level: All Levels  Regular Rate: $320.00  Member Rate: $300.00

 

Watercolors: Materials, Composition, & Technique SUMMER Online #V0160

Evanston Art Center

Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm Central

2  6-week classes beginning June 8, 2021 & July 27, 2021

See Description Above All Levels  Regular Rate: $210.00  Member Rate: $230.00

 

Children’s Picture Book Illustration SPRING Online #V0153

Wednesday, 9:30am-12:pm Central

Evanston Art Center

Eight-week class beginning April 7, 2021

New students will choose a familiar picture book or work a picture book story theyve written, and create sequential scenes and a picture book dummy. Continuing students whove previously taken this class will continue their dummy, and work on promotional writing: pitches and query letters for book submission. Instruction covers: thumbnail layouts, storyboarding, and using a scanner/computer (if students have access) to create book dummies. Materials for 1st class: 9 x 12 sketchbook, tracing paper pad, kneaded eraser, 3 staedtler mars #3b drawing pencils, pencil sharpener, and references for your picture book drawings. Well use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop  you can purchase from Adobe Creative Cloud for a month.

Skill Level: Ages 16 +  Regular Rate: $320.00  Member Rate: $300.00

 

Children’s Picture Book Illustration Summer Online #V0153

Wednesday, 9:30am-12:pm Central

Evanston Art Center

2  6-week classes beginning June 9, 2021 & July 28, 2021

See Description Above All Levels  Regular Rate: $210.00  Member Rate: $230.00

 

Creating Childrens Picture Books SUMMER Online 2 sessions

Harper College Community Education Tuesday,  6:00pm to 9:00pm

#LEI0083 – 001 Tuesday, May 25, 2021  June 29, 2021 Tuition and Fees $295.00

#LEI0083 – 002  Tuesday, July 6, 2021   August 3, 2021 Tuition and Fees $245.00

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/computer to create book dummies. Materials for 1st class: 9×12 sketchbook, tracing paper pad, kneaded eraser, 3 Staedtler mars #3b drawing pencils, pencil sharpener, and references for your picture book drawings. InDesign and Photoshop will be needed by the middle of the session. You can purchase the programs online by the month from Adobe Creative Cloud: https://www.adobe.com/downloads.html#mini-plans-web-cta-creativecloud-card

 

Pen & Ink & Watercolor Online SPRING #V0163

Evanston Art Center

Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm Central

Eight-week class beginning April 9, 2021

Using still life and reference material students will create drawings and paintings using a variety of pensdip pens, micron pens, brush pens; watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors, inks, and brushes, on various papers.

Skill Level: All Levels  Regular Rate: $320.00  Member Rate: $300.00

 

Pen & Ink & Watercolor Summer Online #V0163

Evanston Art Center

Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm Central

2  6-week classes beginning June 11, 2021 & July 30, 2021

See Description Above All Levels  Regular Rate: $210.00  Member Rate: $230.00

 

Poetry & Art SPRING Online #V09019

Evanston Art Center

Online Workshop: Two Days: Saturday, May 1 and May 8

9:30am-12:30pm Central

Combine poetry and art while exploring different poetry forms. In the first session, well look at different poetry forms: haiga (which combines art and haiku), cherita (longer, more narrative form of haikus) and ekphrastic (poems inspired by works of art). The next week well explore more poetry forms, including acrostic, limerick, shape, list, golden shovel, nonet, and zeno. Bring to class: sketchbook, pencils and erasers, watercolors, brushes, permanent pens (i.e., black microns or similar), nature images (from a magazine or your phone, or your head, ideas for a very short story).

Skill Level: All Levels   Rate: $220.00  Member Rate: $200.00

 

Plein Air in the City 2-Day Workshop SUMMER #9005A & 9005B

Evanston Art Center

On Location: Saturday, August 7th & 14th 9:30am-12:30pm Central

On Location: Saturday, August 21st & 28th 9:30am-12:30pm Central

Draw and paint inside or outside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Caldwell Lily Pond, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Work in watercolors and watercolor pencils, drawing mediums, or acrylics. Focus includes instruction on creating quick thumbnail sketches, composition, and color.

Skill Level: All Levels

To register:

Evanston Art Center call or visit:

T: 847.475.5300

https://www.evanstonartcenter.org/school/search?search_api_fulltext=michelle+kogan

Harper College Community Education call or visit:

T: 847.925.6300.

https://ce.harpercollege.edu/public/category/programStream.do?method=load&selectedProgramAreaId=7489865&selectedProgramStreamId=7901096

 

Additional Institutions:

The Ragdale Foundation

Lake Forest, IL

Phone (847) 234-1063 or visit  https://ragdale.org/

 

Off Campus Writer’s Workshops 

Winnetka Community House

Winnetka, IL

Visit https://ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org/events

 

The Story Studio Chicago

https://www.storystudiochicago.org/

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

Visit https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/

 

The Writing Barn

Austin TX and Online

Founded by award-winning novelist and picture book writer Bethany Hegedus, author of the Grandfather Gandhi series, Between Us Baxters and Truth with a Capital T, The Writing Barn is here to serve all your writing-related needs.

Visit https://www.thewritingbarn.com/

 

 

Low Residency MFA Programs:

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-