Writing for Children Weekend Workshop
2017 dates t/b/a
Savor the Catskill Mountains’ seasonal glories while learning how to craft strong stories for picture book, young-adult and middle-grade-novel audiences.
Traditional forms of children’s literature include circle stories, accumulation stories, alphabet stories and memoir-based stories. In this weekend writing workshop, you’ll explore all these forms under the guidance of bestselling children’s book author/illustrator Helena Clare Pittman. You’ll even learn to construct a simple book dummy, so you can transform your stories into a picture-book format (no art experience required).
With Q&A discussions, feedback on your work and an optional private consultation with Helena, you’ll learn to build on your natural strengths, returning home with a sound understanding of how to optimize your talent and develop your skills. All levels welcome, including beginners.
The concentrated focus of this learning experience is offset by its bucolic setting. Lodging to be announced soon. Workshops are held in the peaceful, rustic setting of Helena’s cabin and painting studio, which is crammed with artwork and surrounded by the thick hemlock and beech woods so characteristic of Sullivan County, New York. In such a creative, artistic space, you can’t help but be inspired. The weekend includes:
- 5 instructional workshops;
- Ample private time to complete writing assignments;
- Q&A discussions plus feedback on your writing;
- A personal consultation with your instructor (optional);
- Transportation to and from your hotel if you don’t have a car;
- Free breakfast at your hotel on Saturday and Sunday; free lunch on Saturday at Helena’s studio.
To ensure personal attention tailored to your needs, enrollment is limited to 8 participants.
2017 dates t/b/a
Begins 6:00 p.m. Friday
Ends 12:30 p.m. Sunday
For more info, email Stacia Fleegal.
Helena Clare Pittman is the bestselling author of A Grain of Rice, and the author/illustrator of 17 other books. Her work has appeared on the Smithsonian List and The New York Times Best Paperbacks List. Helena has taught writing for children in the Graduate School of Education at City University of New York, Queens College, and Children’s Book Illustration at The Parsons School of Design. Her young adult novel, Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn, has just been published by Maple Hill Press.