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Highlights Foundation Workshops

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The Highlights Foundation offers workshops throughout the year for writers seeking to hone the craft of writing for children. All workshops include transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access. Find a complete listing of events at the Highlights Foundation website. 

Writing for the Educational Market
August 19-23, 2015
Faculty: Paula Morrow and Jan Fields
If the words “educational markets” make you think of boring workbooks and textbooks, it’s time to think again! Today’s educational publishers are eager to see lively nonfiction, fast-paced fiction, poetry, and more. The rules for educational writing are different, but the end result is creative, exciting, and kid pleasing.

2015_August_blogUnworkshop: Your Room to Create
August 23-30, 2015
We believe that all writers and artists can benefit from the gift of time. Time to think. Time to imagine. Time to create. Oh, and time away – from duties & distractions.
“Let’s have people come and just write,” we decided.

Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels
September 16-20, 2015
Faculty: Nova Ren Suma and Micol Ostow
Horror and heart-pounding suspense… Ghost stories and serial killers… Psychological thrillers, Gothic tales, dark magical realism, and the occult. Dark and twisty kidlit has enjoyed a recent revival. If you’re writing a young adult or middle-grade novel that touches on any frightening or chilling subject matter, either realistic or fantastical, we can help you shape it into something un-put-down-able. (We promise!)


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