Friday, December 14, 2012

Highlights Workshops

As a recipient of a generous grant from the Highlights Foundation, I am always happy to share news of their programs. I hope to go again some day ...

Three Brand New Highlights Foundation Workshops Coming Soon

Take another step toward realizing your dreams in 2013—come to a Highlights Foundation Workshop and hone your craft. No matter what your interest, we probably have a workshop for you. In addition to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and illustration, workshops on special topics are being presented at the Barn.

Starting off the new year, Cris Peterson, children’s author and dairy farmer, along with nationally renowned Agriculture in the Classroom educator Kevin Daugherty will walk you through the process of creating accurate, fascinating nonfiction on farming and introduce you to the large network of support available for putting books about farming into the hands of children. Click here to read more about Writing Books About Agriculture, January 24–27.

Rich Wallace, Lenore Look, and Bruce Coville lead Writing for Boys, February 7–10, 2013. They will help you delve deeply into your characters’ psyches, exploring their motivations, frustrations, and personalities to truly bring them to life on the page. Weaving action and humor into your stories will be a focal point of the program, which will explore the intricacies of creating fiction for boys.

Join award-winning children’s authors Loreen Leedy and M.W. Penn at Writing that Counts: Discover the Story in Math and learn to write engaging children’s stories that highlight math concepts. The authors will discuss teaching mathematics based on common core standards and review noted picture books in the field to determine their quality. As mentors, they will teach you how to weave accurate and relevant math concepts into story through engaging lessons, hands-on practice, and one-on-one attention. This class is set for February 15–18.

For complete details on these and other 2013 workshops, visit our website:

To secure your spot or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192, or via e-mail at or request an application online.

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The Highlights Foundation is a public, not-for-profit 501©3 organization. We dedicate our efforts to connecting, nurturing, and inspiring children’s book writers and illustrators.


Faith E. Hough said...

Oh, I was this close to applying for a workshop this year...then one of our best friends got engaged and her wedding will be the weekend the workshop starts! Oh, well...someday, I hope.

Vijaya said...

Weddings are once in a lifetime, but there will be other workshops. You made the right choice. I hope we can go to one together someday.