Winter 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 Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten and published after its author attended a class or workshop.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
BIG TABLE STUDIO
1700 Crain Street. Evanston, IL
Instructor: Laura Montenegro,Author/Illustrator
Faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Workshop dates to be announced
Laura Montenegro will be leading pop-up workshops at her studio in Evanston, Illinois. These workshops will be a laboratory for playful experimentation and growth, addressing many of the challenges that we as picture book makers face 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 handbound 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 as well as the very experienced are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Laura Montenegro at:
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Instructor: Carmela Martino, Author
Six-Week Hands on Workshop: Writing For Children and Teens
Wednesdays, April 18 to May 23, 2018, 7 to 9 pm
Course ID: HUMNT-0002-201
Please register at least TWO weeks before the class start date.
In tho six-week workshop,Carmela Martino presents the building blocks of writing for children and teens in a variety of formats, including picture books, short stories, and novels. Learn how to create characters, plots,and settings that will engage young readers. Practice selecting the point of view and voice that best fits both your story and audience. Receive feedback on your work-in-progress in a nurturing, supportive environment.
For registration information, see: http://www.carmelamartino.com/events.htm
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL
OH, THE POSSIBILITIES; WRITING FOR CHILDREN IN TODAY’S PUBLISHING WORLD
Saturday, March 3, 2018 or Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm
Instructor: Author and Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
Still wanting to realize your dream to write a children’s 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 are invited to share a work-in progress in order to see its reader/format/marketplace possibilities in today’s publishing world. (Please bring lunch as the class continues during the lunch hour.)
For more information or to register, visit: www.newberrylibrary.org or call 312 255-3700
The Writer’s Studio, University of Chicago,
The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
The Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, (Between Illinois St. and North Water St.), Chicago 60611
Children’s Novel Writers Group
Wednesdays, March 18 to May 2, 2018,10 am to 12:30 pm
Instructor: Author and Writing Coach Esther Hershenhorn
Unsure of how to move forward with your current early chapter book, middle grade or young adult novel-in-progress? Joining this facilitated Children’s Novel Writers Group offers you a supportive professional community, positive constructive criticism and opportunities to learn and hone your craft. Facilitated discussion of each group member’s manuscript highlight story structure, the writing process, comparable literature and a story’s marketability. Suggested writing exercises, reading assignments, and professional connections ofter guidance, focus, insight ad encouragement to writers of all levels.
To register, visit http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/
The 2018 Vermont Manuscript Workshop
July 15 to 20, 2018
The Landgrove Inn, Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor/Facilitator: Author/Writer’s Coach Esther Hershenhorn
Grounded in the ways and wonders of Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. this summer workshop offers up to 8 children’s book creators the opportunity to ready their manuscript in a nurturing environment. Uninterrupted writing time from morning to night in a bounty of beautiful settings, outside, all around the town; Daily face to face facilitator feedback and coaching on their efforts. Supplemental materials to guide and support the writing and revision process. Rich connections with fellow like-minded, like- hearted writers to fine-tune both the story they’re telling and the writer’s life they’re living: Evening Read-aloud sessions; drop-in visits by Children’s Book World Residents;Optional outings to maximize nearby Vermont resources, such as Northshire Books in Manchester and local galleries. Focused “Food For Thought” Writer’s journey conversations thoughout each day’s three delicious 5* meals.
Interested participants need a working manuscript on which to focus and a want and a need to take that manuscript to the necessary NEXT LEVEL whatever that may be.
Fee $700 For more information contact Esther Hershenhorn at email@example.com Early Bird room and board available through Jan. 31, 2018. Contact Tom Checchia at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fiction Writer’s Toolbox
New Trier West High School Extension Division, 7 Haps Road
April 3 to May 22, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm.
Instructor: Pamela Dell, Author
Cost: $168/ Seniors $151
To master the art of writing fiction it’s essential to have a good handle on the tools of the trade—the elements of craft, including character development, scene-setting, dialog, plot structure and other essential writerly skills. In this hands-on, writer-friendly workshop,— no matter how your level of writing experience—you will have the opportunity to strengthen these skills and take their work to a higher level through in-class writing prompts and take-home exercises.
For more information,call 847 446-6600 and to see the catalog or register on line: www.newtrier.extension.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
Two- 5 Week Sessions
Starts Monday, Jan 8th, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Starts Monday, Feb. 12th, 2018,9:30 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+ EAC Member $195/Non-member $215
Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique #EO160A,#EO160B
Two 5 Week Sessions
Starts Tuesday,Jan 9th, 2018, 9:30 to 12:30 pm.
Starts Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 2018, 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. 16+ EAC Member $165/Non-Member $185
Children’s Picture Book Illustration -10—Week Session #0153
Starts Wednesday, Jan 10th, 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/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, $330/Non-member $350
Pen & Ink & Watercolor 1-5 week Class. #0163
Starts Friday, Feb. 16th, 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 pen, brush pens, watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors, and brushes on various different papers. See posted list for materials.
Age 16+, EAC Member $165/Non-member $185
Pen & Ink & Dr. Martin Watercolor Workshop #9026
Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018, 9:30 am 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. See posted list for materials
Skill Level: All Levels, Ages 18+, EAC Member $100/Non-member $120
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
Spring Thaw: Pitch Perfect 2
April 21, 2018, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Barbara Belding Lodge at Brewster
6N921 IL Rte 25
St/ Charles, IL
Humor Conference in Detroit
May 5, 2018, 4 pm
Michigan Reading Association
March 17, 2-18, 4 pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Agent Day—An online webinar event
$39 Member/$69 non—member
For more information see the SCBWI
19th Annual Winter Conference
February 2 to 4, 2018
New York, New York
Annual Summer Conference
August 3 to 6, 2018
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/)
Getting To Know Your Novel with Sarah Aronson (On line course plus Onsite Retreat)
January 8 to April 19, 2018
Give your novel the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity based web series paired with a guided. . .http://www.highlightsfundation.org/workhsops/getting-to-know-your-novel-with-sarah-aronson 2018
Carolyn P. Yoder’s Alumni Retreat
January 28 to February 4, 2018
Please note: This workshop is full Send us an email to join our waiting list!A special and unusual retreat. . .
Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course
March 22 to March 25, 2018
A workshop for serious beginners: learn all you need to know about the children’s book
industry! This intensive weekend is. . .
Novel Writing With Patti Gauch
March 25 to March 31, 2018
Please note: This workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list! Move your
novel to the. . .
Color, Light, Line and Texture Hands-on Workshop
April 26 to April 29, 2018
Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for illustration and art admirers alike. NO. . .
Crafting successful Author Visits
April 29 to May 4, 2018
Come and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side. School visits
are a powerful way to. . .
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 2017
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:ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org/events
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–