Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

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The following is a list of conferences and workshop retreats offered for writers across the country. Conferences are listed first, chronologically, and retreats follow.

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SCBWI Events Calendar- Workshops, conferences, retreats and regional events. We do not list the individual regional SCBWI conferences on this page. 


Big Sur on Cape Cod Children's Writers Workshop Opportunity

An anonymous donor has graciously offered to pay for one writer's registration fee for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency's 2022 Big Sur on Cape Cod Children’s Writers Workshop being held May 20 – 22. The fee includes - four critique group meetings, all panel discussions, two-night stay, Friday and Saturday dinner and Saturday lunch.

It does not include transportation, breakfast or drinks.

If interested, in a separate email, attach (in WORD) either one PB or three pages of your MG or YA, along with: (1) Name, (2) Address, (3) Phone #, (4) Date of birth, (5) Gross annual household income, and (6) A short statement of intent. Send to Lisa (at) bigsurchildrenswriters (dot) com. deadline: March 11, 2022.

May 20-22 Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop at Cape Cod Join small, intensive writing workshops with two industry professionals organized by Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Larger panel discussions  with agents and editors also included. (Cape Cod, MA)

May 22-28 Master Skills Workshop with Esteemed Editor Patti Gauch and Noted Author Gary D. SchmidtJoin other children’s literature authors for a week designed to help you dive deep into your craft and take your writing to the next level. The week includes four master lectures, four writing prompt sessions, four one-on-one meetings with the instructors, critiques, and more. In person session is full, online registration available.


Aug. 4-7 WNDB Native Children's and YA Writing Intensive The Native Children’s and YA Writing Intensive will offer an opportunity for reflection, conversation, celebration, and manuscript and career development. We’ll be sharing information, resources, and contacts related to children’s and YA writing, Native books, and the surrounding publishing world. We’re committed to community building, nurturing new voices, supporting working literary artists, and serving kids and teens while centering the needs of Native youth.

Up to 20 participants will be invited to participate in the program, including group discussions of manuscripts in progress. ($100, Austin, TX, possibly virtual)