Favorable Odds to Jumpstart your Kid/YA Writing Career!

Tired of huge conferences? Try this intimate class of ten or so at the Highlights Foundation's wonderful new retreat center, with editors Alvina Ling of Little Brown and Stacy Whitman of Tu Books/Lee and Low, authors Donna Jo Napoli, Kathy Erskine, and me. The odds are ever in your favor, people.

One-on-one critiques and guided writing workshops are included, and the drive from Boston or New York isn't bad at all. The chance of a lifetime to jumpstart your career! I know the tuition's steep, but there is financial aid, and you've got to invest in yourself somewhere, right? Here's our tentative schedule to entice you:


Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice
April 26-29, 2012
Workshop Leaders: Donna Jo Napoli and Mitali Perkins
Special Guests: Alvina Ling, Stacy Whitman, and Kathy Erskine

Thursday, April 26, 2012
5:30 PM                      Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 PM                      Dinner and Welcome, Mitali Perkins

Friday, April 27
7:30 AM                     Breakfast        
8:30 AM                     The Pillars of Writing Culturally with Mitali Perkins
10:00 AM                   Writing exercise with Donna Jo Napoli
12:00 PM                    Lunch 
1:00 PM                      One-on-ones
4:00 PM                      Writing exercise TBA
5:30 p.m.                     Hors d’oeurves
6:00 p.m.                     Dinner, Stacy Whitman, speaker

Saturday, April 28
7:30 AM                     Breakfast        
8:30 AM                     Who Has the Right to Write Multiculturally with Donna Jo Napoli
10:00 AM                   Writing exercise with Alvina Ling
12:00 PM                    Lunch 
1:00 PM                      One-on-ones
4:00 PM                      Writing exercise TBA
5:30 p.m.                     Hors d’oeurves
6:00 p.m.                     Dinner, Kathy Erskine, speaker and book signing

Sunday, April 29
7:30 AM                     Breakfast        
8:30 AM                     Writing exercise with Mitali Perkins (dialog)
11:00 AM                   Final Comments from faculty
12:00 PM                    Lunch and Departures

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