Writing for Children Long Weekend Intensive

May 3-6, 2018

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 the bucolic setting of the Rolling River Inn, which boasts an art gallery, a cafe focused on local, seasonal, organic offerings, and a historic four-bedroom Inn with modern amenities. 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.

Registration for this long weekend includes:

  • Rigorous 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 the Inn on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

If you have any questions about the content of this workshop, please contact Stacia Fleegal. You can learn more about Helena Clare Pittman by reading her beautiful reflection, “On Teaching Writing.”

Register Early!

To ensure personal attention tailored to your needs, as well as a private room at the Inn for all attendees, enrollment is limited to 4 participants.

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Price:  $775
(includes four days and three nights of lodging, three breakfasts, and three days of instruction)

May 3-6, 2018
Begins 6:00 PM Thursday
Ends 12:30 PM Sunday

Directions & Lodging

For more info, email Stacia Fleegal.

Your Instructor

helena clare pittmanHelena 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.

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