Events for KidLit Writers

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With the outbreak of the CoronaVirus, many KidLit events are being postponed, canceled, or moved to online. Please check with the event host to double check if these events are still on the schedule.
Let me know of any postponements or cancelations.

APRIL 2020 

1           ANN WHITFORD PAUL-WRITERS DIGEST MANUSCRIPT AWARD
             DEADLINE: https://www.scbwi.org/the-ann-whitford-paul-writers-digest-book-award/

3-4        BLUE RIDGE WRITER’S CONFERENCE with Elizabeth Dulemba
             Blue Ridge, GA: www.blueridgewritersconference.com 

4           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
             New York City, NY: www.writingclasses.com

6           PB BIOGRAPHIES: STYLE AND SUBSTANCE with Rob Sanders 
             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

6 THE EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING PICTURE BOOKS
6-week Online Class: www.childrensbookacademy.com

7           HEART AND HUMOR OF AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL
             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

7           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
             10-week Online Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

7-9        SPRING FLING KIDLIT CONTEST
            Contest: https://sites.google.com/view/springflingwritingcontest/main

4           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL TWO
             10-week Online Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

16         PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK 2
             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

19-22    MAKING MAGIC: WRITING AND REFINING FANTASTICAL AND OTHERWORLDLY STORIES
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

22 #DIVPIT PITCH PARTY (Writers for Children or Teens)
https://www.dvpit.com/

23         WORLD-BUILDING 101: HOW TO SCAFFOLD UNBELIEVABLE PLACES FOR YOUR READERS with Author J. C. Cervantes
             Webinar: https://nebraska.scbwi.org/

24-25    SCBWI NON-FICTION WORKSHOP with the Smithsonian Institute
             Washington, DC: www.scbwi.org
POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

24-26    RECHARGE YOUR WRITING RETREAT
             Conception, MO: https://ksmo.scbwi.org

26-29    SYMPOSIUM FOR JEWISH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

30-M3   COLOR, LIGHT, LINE, AND TEXTURE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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MAY 2020

1-3        BIG THAW RETREAT with Agents Jennifer March Soloway
             Talkeetna, AK: https://alaska.scbwi.org

1-3        NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CONFERENCE: “Finding Joy in the Journey”
             Springfield, MA: https://newengland.scbwi.org

2-3        AUSTIN WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE
              Austin, TX: https://austin.scbwi.org

1-7        NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK WRITING WEEK
             Challenge to write a picture book in one week:  https://napibowriwee.com

4           WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
             Deadline:  www.writersdigest.com

7-10      FROM PREMISE TO PITCH: GET SUBMISSION-READY WITH TWO AGENTS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

9           ONE DAY MAY FEST CONFERENCE
             San Diego, CA: https://sandiego.scbwi.org

10-17    WRITING THE UNREAL: FANTASY AND SPECULATIVE FICTION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

12          CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
              10-week Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

15-17    AUTHENTIC VOICES WRITING RETREAT
             Ennis, MT: https://montana.scbwi.org

17-21    GETTING YOUR MG OR YA NOVEL UNSTUCK
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

26-30    CRAFTING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR VISITS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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JUNE 2020

3-7        GATHER RETREAT FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

4            #PITMAD PITCH PARTY
              Twitter Pitch Party: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

5           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
             New York City, NY: www.writingclasses.com

9           REVISION RETREAT
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

11-14    NOVELS IN VERSE: ANALYZE AND GENERATE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

14-17    WRITING FIRST CHAPTER BOOKS AND EARLY READERS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

17-20    DEVELOPING A SERIES IN CHAPTER BOOKS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

18 #PBPITCH TWITTER PITCH PARTY
http://www.pbpitch.com/

20-23    PB&J: PICTURE BOOKS AND ALL THAT JAZZ
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

23-27    WRITING FOR THE. EDUCATIONAL MARKET
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

26-28   WHITE MOUNTAINS RETREAT with Agent Rebecca Podos and Editor Ashley Hearn
            Squam Lake, NH: https://jgagnon90.wixsite.com/squamwrites

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JULY 2020

6-9        DISRUPTING YOUTH LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

10-15    SUMMER CAMP IN WRITING FICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

15-19    SUMMER CAMP IN WRITING NONFICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

19-22    SUMMER CAMP INTENSIVE IN ILLUSTRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

24-27    ANNUAL SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE
             Los Angeles, CA: www.scbwi.org

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AUGUST 2020

5-9        SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING FOR KIDS AND TEENS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

9-12      POWER UP POETRY: MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH POETRY COLLECTIONS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

9-14 THE ART OF PICTURE BOOKS Residency
Williamstown, MA: https://buxtonschool.org/

13-16    THE INS AND OUTS OF A PICTURE BOOK AND ITS MANY FORMS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

16-22    THE WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

27-30    MASTER CLASS IN ILLUSTRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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SEPTEMBER 2020

10-13    PICTURE BOOKS: INSPIRATION AND PERSPIRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

11-13 BIG SUR CHILDREN’S WRITERS WORKSHOP
Big Sur, CA: www.bigsurchildrenswriters.com

13-16    WRITING THE RAINBOW: MG AND YA SYMPOSIUM
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

19 WRITING FICTION MASTER CLASS with Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Greenville, SC: www.write2ignite.com

29-O2   LATINXWRITERS SYMPOSIUM
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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OCTOBER 2020

4-11      WRITING THE UNREAL IN FANTASY AND SPECULATIVE FICTION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

11-15    FILLING THE WRITERS TOOLBOX with Editor Emma Dryden
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

15-18    WRITING FOR ILLUSTRATORS INTENSIVE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

18-22    THE CRAFT AND HEART OF WRITING POETRY FOR CHILDREN
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

22-25    CRAFTING A SUCCESSFUL BEGINNING FOR YOUR NOVEL
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

22-25    WORKING POETS RETREAT
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

25-28    HOW TO CREATE CONCEPT BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

29-O1   PUSHING THE LIMITS: WRITING EXPERIMENTAL FICTION FOR MG AND YA READERS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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NOVEMBER 2020

1-30      NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
             Challenge to write a novel in one month: https://www.nanowrimo.org/

6-8        CAROLINAS SCBWI FALL CONFERENCE
             Online:  https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

8-11      CREATING NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS IN A CHANGING WORLD
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

13-14    YALLFEST YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE
             Charleston, SC:  https://www.yallfest.org/

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DECEMBER 2020

3            #PITMAD PITCH PARTY
              Twitter Pitch Party: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

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JANUARY 2021 

1-31      STORYSTORM
https://taralazar.com/storystorm

1            REGISTRATION FOR 12X12
              Annual challenge for Picture Book Writers:  http://12x12challenge.com

20          #IWSGPIT (INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP)
              Twitter Pitch Party: www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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