Fall 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 Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wildly Magical World’s Fair: A Highly Imaginative Art activity With Laura Montenegro
Designed for children from kindergarten through third grade
Laura Montenegro, Instructor
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10 to 11:30 am
Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.
Author Laura Nyman Montenegro will read her book, The Most Magical World’s Fair and lead children in a craft project inspired by the Fair. This program will challenge participants to celebrate the beauty of an imagined world where many characters from different cultures meet and fall in love with each other. The children will create their own magical character, invent a costume for their animal using a simple, cut-paper collage technique, an exciting art project for children of all skill levels. Every one will take their new paper animal home to enjoy after the program concludes.This workshop is in connection with the exhibition, Pictures from An Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair on exhibit at the Newberry from September 28 to December 31, 2018.
For more information, please see: http://www,newnerry.org/11102018-second=
SCBWI-OAK PARK/NEAR WEST NETWORK
Picture Book Workshop
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 to 9 pm
Laura Montenegro, Instructor
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
2nd Floor Book Discussion Room
Picture books are one of the most exciting art forms and one cannot but be fascinated by their never-ending complexity of structure and form. In this exciting hands-on picture making workshop, we will look at and explore a highly innovative picture book structure and create our own simple picture books based on this form. All are welcome—beginners and experienced.
For questions and to RSVP, please contact email@example.com
BIG TABLE STUDIO
1700 Crain Street. Evanston, IL
Instructor: Laura Montenegro,Author/Illustrator
Workshop dates to be announced.
She will be leading pop-up workshops which will be a laboratory for playful experimentation and growth.They will address many of the challenges that we as picture book makers encounter 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 hand bound 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 a well as as the very experienced are invited to attend
For more information, please contact:
Laura Montenegro at:
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Instructor: Carmela Martino
Six Week Hands-On Workshop: Finding Your Writer’s Voice
Tuesdays, October 2 to November 13, 2018, 7 to 9 pm (No class Oct. 30)
Course ID: HUMNT-0002-0010
Fee: $159, Lifelong Learning $119
What is voice? How do you develop yours? Author Carmela Martino helps you to explore the answers to these questions in this six-week workshop, Through reading assignments, writing exercises, class discussions and instructor feedback, you’ll learn the power of voice ad how to sharpen yours so that it draws readers in and keeps them turning the pages.
Required Text: Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall. Please bring the text to the first class meeting on Oct 2
Class size is limited to 15 students so register early!
Please register at least two weeks before the class start date.
For details see: www.carmelamartino.com/events.htm
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 312 255-3700
PICTURE THIS: Writing Picture Books For Children
Wednesday evenings,Sept. 26 to November 7, 2018, 5:45 -7:45 pm
Instructor: Author/ Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
This workshop focuses on how to create and write a successful children’s picture book that connects with both young readers and today’s ever-changing marketplace. Participants’ manuscripts will be shared and discussed to highlight the variety of picture books and structures, craft, the writing process and publishing opportunities. Writers of all levels will be offered a supportive, challenging and encouraging environment.
To register, visit: www.newberry.org
The Writer’s Studio, University of Chicago,
The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and
The Gleacher Center, 450 N. City front Plaza Drive, (Between Illinois St. and North Water St.), Chicago 60611
“Publishing Your Book for Children and Young Adults”
Thursdays, November 29, December 6, December 13, 2018, 6 pm to 9 pm
Instructor: Author and Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
If you’re thinking about writing a children’s book, either fiction or nonfiction, this three-session seminar will both ground you in today’s Children’s Book World and help you move forward in readying your book for readers. Session one will focus on publishing possibilities and opportunities—the segments, formats, genres, marketplace and reader considerations. Session two offers each participant a closer look at a proposed book idea or the beginning pages of a work-in-progress to assess a story’s likely audience, format and marketability. Session three addresses revision and Next Steps.
To register, visit http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/
2400 W. Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
Business Training and Community
Education Center, Mattis Ave., Room J-124
Instructor: Patricia Hruby Powell
Mondays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 22, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Writing For Children and Teen Readers
Explore character, point of view, plot, setting; using your manuscript or starting a new one; practice show-don’t-tell techniques; scene building using the senses; prose or verse; practice getting and giving constructive criticism in a safe environment; get advice on getting published. We’ll address your questions and concerns and have fun. For writers of all genres and levels.
Patricia Hruby Powell
The ABC’s of Writing Children’s Poetry
Two Workshop options:
Wednesdays, August 1,8.15 and 22, 2018 or
Saturdays, September 1,8,15 and 22, 2018, 9:30 to 11 am in Orland Park
Instructor: Heidi Bee Roemer, Author, Poet and Poetry-Writing Mentor
Students (limit of 8) will learn a variety of poetry forms and hone their poetry–writing skills. In addition, they’ll discover how to research, submit and hopefully sell their carefully crafted kid-friendly poems to magazines and anthologies.
Cost is $200, which includes a 65 page ABC’s Poetry Writing Workbook,Poetry
Place and Heidi’s personal instruction and detailed feedback.
For an additional $50, students who complete the course are invited to a special “poetry critique party.” Here they can share other works-in-progress (stories in rhyme or poetry collections) or revised homework poems in a friendly forum that will be comfortable, fun and beneficial.
For more information, contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following classes are taught by Michelle Kogan
Email Michelle with any questions at: email@example.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
Starts Monday, Sept 10th,, 2018, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Monday, Oct. 22nd, 2018,6 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 on 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 $250/Member Rate $230
Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #E0160A & E0160B
Starts Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2018, 6 week class, 9:30 to 12;30 pm
Starts Tuesday, Oct. 23rd,2018 6 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. Ages 16+ Regular Rate 6 week $215.Member Rate $195
Children’s Picture Book Illustration- 12 week class #0153
Starts Wednesday, Sept. 12, 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/computer to create the 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+, Regular Rate $410 /Non-member $390
Pen & Ink Watercolor-6 week Class #0163 &0187
Starts Friday, Sept. 14th, 2018, 9:30-12:30 pm
Starts Friday, Oct. 26th, 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 pens, brush pens, watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors, and brushes on various papers. See posted list for materials.
Ages 16+ Regular Rate $215/Member Rate $195
Pens & Ink & Dr. Martin Watercolor Workshop #9026
Saturday, October 6th, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Create studies and one finished piece using the 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.
All levels. Ages 18+ Regular Rate $130/Member Rate $110
Poetry and Art #0321 & 0322
Starts Thursday, Sept. 13th, 2018,9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Thursday, Oct. 25th, 2018, 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. 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 18+ Regular Rate $215, Member Rate $195
Michelle Kogan also works independently with students; email her to arrange
Creating Stories for Children (LAN-800-RV)
This community based creative writing course offers adults an overview of writing for children. Each workshop will include a lecture, writing exercise, and critique of peer writing. Children’s formats covered will include poetry, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult novels. Other topics may include: genre fiction, graphic novels, epistolary techniques, and nonfiction.
Taught by J. Loescher
Cost to register: $85.00
9/12/18 – 11/21/18
https://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Community/CCE/subjects.cfm?id=LAN. Click on Language, Literature and Writing from this link for my course to appear in a pop up box.
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
Prairie Writer and Illustratora Day
October 27, 2018
Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 Alqonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
SCBWI Michigan and Indiana Writer’s Retreat
October 5, 7pm to October 7, 4:00 pm, 2018
Potawatomi State Park
6 Ln 150 Lake James
Illustrator’s Critique Group Meeting
September 26, 2018, 7 to 9 pm
Barnes & Noble Cafe
8675 River Crossing
Change The World With Words
October 6, 2018, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
318 5th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Ann Arbor Shop Talk
Sept. 20,Sept. 29, Oct. 10,Nov. 10,2018 10 am to 12 pm
343 S. 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
SCBWI Michigan & Indiana Writer & Illustrator Retreat
October 5 to October 7, 2018
Pokagon State Park
2018 Regional Conference
September 14 to September 15, 2018
Lorain Community College
Spitzer Conference Center
1005 N. Abba Road
Tips and Tools For Promoting Your Book:
Before and After Publication
October 13, 2018, 10 am to 12 pm
Sun Prairie Public Library
1350 Linnerud Drive
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
SCBWI 2018 Fall Retreat and Conference
September 21 to September 23, 2018
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake, WI
Annual Winter Conference
February 8 to 10, 2019
New York, New York
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: https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/register-now
The Journey: A Crash Course in How to Writer Books for Children
September 9 to September 12, 2018
Get serious about writing your children’s book-and explore your path to publication. Just how do you write a children’s book where. . .
Taking your Writing & Art to New Places:Published Authors and Illustrators at Work
September 24 to September 28, 2018
You’ve launched your career-now what? Discuss, dissect, collaborate and grow. We’re pleased to announce a workshop especially for published. . .
DIY Repair Kit For Writers: Get YourFixer-Upper Ready to Sell
September 30 to October 3, 2018
For published and pre-published authors who have a novel that needs to be renovated for sale. Have a fixer-upper manuscript?. .
Beginner’s Class in World Building and World Conjuring
October 4 to October 7, 2018
Writers of speculative science fiction magical realism or fantasy novels: this workshop will teach you the techniques of world building, the. . .
Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth
October 5 to October 7, 2018
A down-to-earth,hands on workshop for the illustrator who’s looking for the inside track. packed with valuable points and solid advice. . .
Writing For All Young Readers: Board Books Through MG Series
October 7 to October 9, 2018
This workshop is for someone looking for ways to break in or expand upon a career in writing for children.
The Craft And Heart of Writing Poetry For Children
October 14 to October 18, 2018
If you have a passion for writing children’’s poetry, then please join us. Beginning poets, seasoned writers, teachers, dreamers. . .
Telling It True: The Art of Storytelling in Picture Book Biography and Narrative Nonfiction
October 18 to October 21, 2018
Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads. Unfamiliar names may not hook your . . .
Elements of Plot With Grace Lin and Padma Venkatraman
October 21 to October 24, 2018
Find your way through your novel, from point to point and place to place.Crafting engaging characters and an interesting. . .
Fundamental STEPS to Writing Historical Fiction
October 28 to October 31, 2018
Give your historical fiction a strong start by learning the fundamentals of this popular genre. Are you writing a novel. . .
Unlocking Your Story: Forms and Genres.a Mashup
November 4 to November 7, 2018
Is your work-in-profess begging to break free? Find the form that best fits the story you hope to tell. Join. . .
Getting Your Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel Unstuck
November 4 to November 8, 2018
And ultimate workshop for middle grade and young adult fiction authors looking to explore or revise and publish a work in . . .
Creating Picture Books With Humor and Heart: A Working Retreat
November 8 to November 11, 2018
A writing intensive workshop to prepare your picture book for submission. Two award winning, best selling authors, Emily Jenkins and Elise Broach and . . .
A Master Class: Creating the Moment That Transcends-Climax, Complication and Going Far Enough
November 8 to November 11, 2018
An intense study into building scenes with emotional impacts for your readers. The novel is first a story with a. . .
Carolyn Yoder Nonfiction Picture Book Retreat
November 29 to December 3, 2018
This intensive nonfiction picture book retreat is open only to graduates of Carolyn P. Yoder’s workshops. Join Carolyn Yoder, Senior. . .
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. For a full list of all OCWW programming, which starts in September, visit: https://ocww
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-
The Writing Barn –
September 17, through October 15, 2018. 7-9 pm CST
Instructor: Michele Weber Hurwitz, Author
Michele is teaching a 5 week online class through the Writing Barn and will be taught through the Barn’s Virtual Zoom classroom. This class is aimed at beginning and intermediate middle grade writers and will cover the fundamentals of setting, conflict,character, theme,. voice, dialogue and plot. Participants will be able to share work and receive feedback. There will be a combination of lectures with supporting examples, discussion,Q&A and writing exercises each week. The online format is lots of fun and allows participants to get to know writers around the country. The cost is $340 for 5 sessions. Sign up here: