Writing for Children Long Weekend Intensive
June 13-16, 2019 (check back for future dates!)
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 lush and rustic setting of the Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast. Located on 12 acres in Sullivan County, New York, the Lazy Pond boasts personally groomed gardens, a pond, and a gazebo. You will luxuriate in a fresh, complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as a queen bed and private bath, all while receiving expert instruction and the solitude necessary to think and write. Workshops are held in the peaceful, woodsy 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. 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;
- Breakfasts and lunches included; enjoy breakfast at the B&B on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and lunches provided by your teacher Friday and Saturday
To ensure personal attention tailored to your needs, as well as a private room at the Inn for all attendees, enrollment is initially limited to 3 participants.
(includes four days and three nights of lodging, three days of instruction, three breakfasts, and two lunches)
June 13-16, 2019 (check back for future dates)
Begins 6:00 PM Thursday
Ends 12:30 PM 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.