Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ten Key Reasons to Attend the Highlights Writers Workshop at Chautauqua

  • Take writing classes taught by such award-winning children's writers and editors as Joy Cowley, Patricia Lee Gauch, Eileen and Jerry Spinelli, Kathi Appelt, Helen Hemphill, Kathryn Erskine, and Sneed Collard III, to name just a few of the wonderful writers at the Writers Workshop.You also get to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with them for a week. 
  • Choose from more than forty-five hour-long workshops.
  • Meet and chat with the Highlights editors and other staff.
  • Get to know people interested in writing for children from across the U.S. and around the world. 
  • Go on such fun outings as a picnic at a farm and a barbecue at a lakefront house .
  • Listen to inspirational speeches on writing and literature by such prize-winning writers  as Sharon Creech.
  • Receive two intensive critiques on your writing from a talented, experienced writer.
  • Feast at gala banquet dinners at the historic Athenaeum Hotel
  • Enjoy the ambience of Chautauqua, home of the famed Chautauqua Institution, where you'll step back in time as you stroll past the Victorian gingerbread homes and a lovely lake, take in a concert at the Amphitheatre or head down a cobbled path to a lecture.
  • Connect with mentors - both faculty and attendees - who can help you with your writing.
A huge thank you to the Highlights Foundation for gifting me with a full scholarship to attend! And thank you to the hard-working Highlights staff led by Kent Brown. For more information on the Writers Workshop, visit http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/pages/current/chautauqua_top.html.

Readers, what writers' conferences and workshops have you attended that you loved or would recommend?
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Students leaving a lecture hall at Chautauqua
The Athenaeum Hotel