A Crash Course in Children’s Publishing

Join us for a long weekend to start writing your children’s book and learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry!

Highlights FoundationWe are honored to often be among the faculty at a Highlights Foundation workshop called Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course. Find out more about the workshop here.

Here’s what you can expect:

Bobbie Combs encourages attendees to go for it!

Bobbie Combs encourages attendees to go for it!

Thursday

  • Tour the offices of Boyds Mills Press and Highlights for Children
  • Welcome dinner followed by faculty show-and-tell

Friday

  • Overview of children’s book & magazine publishers, markets & genres
  • Best practices for submitting, conferences, critique groups
  • Agents, rights and contracts
  • Writing practice exercises
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Dinner, followed by an interactive talk by author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George
Harold Underdown (in front) leads attendees on an afternoon walk to find inspiration.

Harold Underdown (in front) leads attendees on an afternoon walk to find inspiration.

Saturday

  • What happens after you sign a contact; inside the publisher
  • What publishers are publishing
  • Magazines, Illustration and Self-publishing
  • Writing practice exercises
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Dinner, followed by a talk from an author or illustrator

Sunday

  • Becoming a professional writer
  • Resources and plans to help you move forward
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Time to answer individual questions
Jo Knowles leads attendees in daily writing practice.

Jo Knowles leads attendees in daily writing practice.

If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. We’ll guide you through the processes of creating, submitting and selling a book or magazine article, provide you with a one-on-one review of your manuscript and answer all of your questions. Here’s a look at a previous year’s schedule.

In addition to giving you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works, we’ll give you some actual writing practice. Through exercises, writing prompts and instruction by our editors, you can begin to shape and revise your ideas in preparation for submitting to publishers. Our goal is to help you learn about the business and begin to practice your craft.

Faculty blog posts on the Highlights Foundation blog:
Why Are You Keeping That Thing?
7 Quick Tips for Beginning Writers
How to Start Revising That First Draft
Getting Out of the Slush Pile
Resources for Serious Beginners

We hope to see you at the next workshop, armed with manuscripts and questions!

The Highlights Foundation cabins & lodge rooms are perfect for getting some writing done!

The Highlights Foundation cabins & lodge rooms are perfect for getting some writing done!