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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CONFERENCES

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

Craft Writers' Workshops/Retreats not limited to kid lit


College Kid Lit Conferences -listing of children's literature conferences around the country

What are the Great Children's Literature Writing Retreats?




NOVEMBER 


Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Big Sur Children's Writers Workshop -  An Exclusive Workshop for Serious Children's Book Writers
Through these personalized workshops, Andrea Brown Literary Agency and leaders in the industry, work with writers to polish their materials. Faculty include Deirdre Jones (Senior Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers), Amy Novesky (editor, Creative Editions and Cameron Kids), Melissa Manlove (Senior Editor, Chronicle Books), and authors Maggie Takuda-Hall, Ellen Hopkins, Eric J. Adams, and Eric Elfman. (Big Sur, CA) Application deadline for scholarship is Sept. 30.

Nov. 30 12 p.m. EST Finding an Agent: Making a Match with Carrie Pearson A live webinar focusing on finding the right agent: is your MS ready? how many agents should you submit to? what are querying best practices? and more. ($15 for SCBWI members)


JANUARY 2019

Jan. 7, 10, 11 Inked Voices First Pages Events Join an intimate, online workshop that includes written feedback from a literary agent, peer exchange and critique, and the opportunity to discuss your manuscript live with the agent in the post-critiques call. Groups are capped at 8 for novels, and 10 for picture books. 

Picture Books with Natascha Morris, Bookends Literary. Starts January 7th. Apply for a free spot for a writer from a diverse background.

MARCH 2019

Mar. 15-17 and April 4-6 Whispering Pines Writer's retreat for serious children's book writers and illustrators, with critique sessions from mentors. (West Greenwich, RI)


MAY 2019

May TBA Exclusive Nonfiction Beach Retreat. Join authors Candace Fleming and Jen Swanson, five editors, and an editor at a beach retreat focusing on writing nonfiction for kids. More details to come.

May 17-May 19 Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop An Exclusive Workshop for Serious Children's Book Writers
Through these personalized workshops, Andrea Brown Literary Agency and leaders in the industry, work with writers to polish their materials. Faculty include Yolanda Scott (Associate Publisher & Director, Charlesbridge Publishing), and authors David Elliot, Anne Sibley O'Brien. (Cape Cod, MA)


JULY 2019


The annual Southampton Children's Lit Conference provides a unique forum in which to study and discuss the craft of writing for children. Open to new, established and aspiring writers, the 5-day Conference takes place every July in the Hamptons, at the Eastern End of New York's Long Island—a resort area of natural beauty. World-renowned authors, illustrators and editors offer inspiration and guidance through workshops, lectures, group discussions and special presentations. Workshops in picture book, middle grade and young adult writing meet daily for 3 hour sessions (enrollment is limited to 12 students per workshop.) In the afternoons, participants choose from a wide range of elective sessions with distinguished authors, editors, publishers, and agents.  

2019 Children's Lit Conference 
July 10-14, 2019 
Picture Book with Dan Yaccarino
Middle Grade (Faculty TBA)
Young Adult with Donna Freitas

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