Writing for Children Long Weekend Intensive

Oct. 24-27, 2019

Savor the Catskill Mountains’ seasonal glories while learning how to craft a picture book.

Aerial view of the Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast in Sullivan County, NY, via lazypond.com.


Traditional forms of children’s literature include circle stories, accumulation stories, alphabet stories and memoir-based stories. In this weekend writing workshop, you will explore the picture book form and methods of illustration that do not require previous art experience, then transform a story into a working book dummy. Do all this under the guidance of bestselling children’s book author/illustrator Helena Clare Pittman and in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

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);
  • 4 days and 3 nights of private accommodations at the Lazy Pond Bed and Breakfast, situated on 12 acres in Sullivan County, NY
  • 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

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 initially limited to 3 participants.

Register now!

Price:  $1,275
(includes four days and three nights of lodging, three days of instruction, three breakfasts, and two lunches)

Oct. 24-27, 2019
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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