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Title: Writer's retreats
Post by: mara-berkley on August 02, 2018, 06:55 PM
ARE THERE ANY RETREATS DEDICATED TO CHILDREN'S B00K WRITERS.
THANKS
Title: Re: WRITERS' RETREATS
Post by: Vonna on August 03, 2018, 06:38 AM
Welcome to the boards, Mara!

I keep a list of such events on my blog. You can see them here: http://vonnacarter.com/wordpress/craft-writers-workshops/ (http://vonnacarter.com/wordpress/craft-writers-workshops/)
Most of the events listed there are specifically for children's writers and illustrators but a few are general craft workshops that can apply to writers of any genre or age group.

Title: Re: WRITERS' RETREATS
Post by: dkshumaker on August 03, 2018, 06:42 AM
Welcome Mara!

Vonna's link is a great resource. Another one I like to refer children's writers to is the KidLit411 website. They have a page for retreats and conferences: http://www.kidlit411.com/2013/12/kidlit411-conferences-workshops.html

Happy searching and good luck finding the right fit for you!
Title: Re: WRITERS' RETREATS
Post by: Pons on August 03, 2018, 08:19 AM
Hi Mara. Information on the kidlit world is vast, so it can be overwhelming. Googling a topic can be a good place to start. Try typing Children's Writer's Retreats 2018 in your Google box and see what you come up with.  It can be a fun search.   :star2
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Margaret Ann on August 03, 2018, 07:42 PM
Thank you for these resources. Helpful!
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: julie-williams1 on August 15, 2018, 01:16 PM
Hi ,  :new
   Does anyone know anything about the writer's retreats sponsored by Highlights Foundation. org?
I saw this
September 9–September 12, 2018 The Journey: A Crash Course in How to Write Books for Children 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 >>
REGISTER
Business of Publishing
Novels
Picture Books

 Any Thoughts? Thanks!! Julie
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: hairaplenty on August 15, 2018, 01:42 PM
IMO, anything by the Highlights foundation is legit and a worthwhile investment in your craft.  I had the opportunity to go to Chautauqua back in the day and it was the best money spent on learning my craft. Just wish I hadn't been such a newbie at the time and had soaked it all in just a tad more.   :running2
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: dkshumaker on August 15, 2018, 01:50 PM
I hear so many good things about Highlights retreats. They aren't cheap, but I hear they are well worth their price. Definitely on my bucket list!
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: read lisa scott on August 15, 2018, 03:18 PM
I went to the PBJ (picture book) workshop in June at highlights.  I can't say enough good things about it. Find a way to go to one!!
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Vijaya on August 15, 2018, 05:53 PM
IMO, anything by the Highlights foundation is legit and a worthwhile investment in your craft.  I had the opportunity to go to Chautauqua back in the day and it was the best money spent on learning my craft. Just wish I hadn't been such a newbie at the time and had soaked it all in just a tad more.   :running2

This. If you are very new to writing, these retreats can be overwhelming.

The farther along you are in your journey the more you will get out of them. I've been to both Chautauqua and a weekend retreat and both came at just the right time for me. I highly recommend them. They also have scholarships.
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on August 15, 2018, 06:25 PM
I have never heard a bad thing about one of their programs. I haven't been yet, but it's also on my bucket list for as soon as the kids don't need attention and I can manage the travel and costs.
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on August 16, 2018, 01:46 PM
I went to Chautauqua with the Highlights Foundation and loved it. They put so much into their events.

You can also search for SCBWI events near you: https://www.scbwi.org/events-home/
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: julie-williams1 on August 17, 2018, 07:48 AM
    Thanks to all who responded about the Highlights Foundation Writers Retreat.
 I am going to the Sept 9-12 session I mentioned. I am really looking forward to the experience!
    Julie
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Vijaya on August 17, 2018, 11:13 AM
That's so wonderful Julie!!!
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on August 18, 2018, 10:43 PM
 :yay It looks fantastic, Julie. Enjoy every minute of it. I hope you'll tell us all about it. :)
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on August 27, 2018, 05:53 PM
Have fun and Learn Much
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Jean Reidy on August 31, 2018, 12:16 PM
I highly recommend Vonna's lists!!
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: read lisa scott on August 31, 2018, 02:34 PM
Awesome, Julie!  I'm so jealous, I can't wait to go again.  This will be one of the best things you'll do for your writing career!  Enjoy every moment of it.  Let family and friends know it will be very difficult to reach you, though. Cell phone service/texts really are iffy, as is internet service. Which is wonderful, really, because it allows you to submerse yourself in your creative weekend.  And the food.  Oh, the food...is amazing.  Enjoy!!!
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: HaroldU on August 31, 2018, 05:17 PM
    Thanks to all who responded about the Highlights Foundation Writers Retreat.
 I am going to the Sept 9-12 session I mentioned. I am really looking forward to the experience!
    Julie


Julie, it's great that you are going to that, but I think you should know it's not a retreat. Retreats give you a lot of open time to write. The Writing Crash Course is more like an extended workshop--and it will be VERY worthwhile. It's just not a retreat.

(I am actually Highlights faculty for a different Crash Course in the spring, and for a retreat built around revision in August).

Enjoy! Highlights is a wonderful place.
Title: Re: Writer's retreats
Post by: Verla Kay on September 09, 2018, 08:14 AM
My Region has a wonderful weekend retreat coming up (in November) that is open right now for registration to people ONLY in the Pacific Northwest Region but that will be open to registrations from anyone on September 15 IF any of the 20 spots are still available. It is limited to 20 people that can attend and an art director (from Cameron Kids) and an editor (from Harper Collins) will be there there, too.  We will have quiet time to work on our stories, meal times to share with each other and to talk with the editor and art director and for a small extra fee there will be sessions in the evenings with the editor and art director. The retreat will take place at a lake north of Spokane, Washington, and all meals and private rooms/lodging are included in the price. A GREAT way to work on your book! I am going and they still had a few openings the last time I checked. (Individual manuscript critiques are sold out - I didn't get one - but a couple of art critiques are still available.) Hope to see some of you there.

https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/events/regional-retreat/