My Trip to Attend Highlights Foundation's An Introduction to Novels in Verse, Oct. 7-12, 2012
Imagine a week spent writing and taking writing classes with outstanding children's writers while staying in your own cabin in the Poconos. Sound idyllic? The Highlights Foundation offers several writing workshops in Honesdale, PA where you can do exactly that!
In mid-October, I was fortunate to attend the Introduction to Novels in Verse workshop. Initially, I wasn't entirely certain whether I should go since I don't primarily write verse novels. But I had started an attempt at one and thought I had better grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study with the talented verse novelists Virginia Euwer Wolff, Sonya Sones and Linda Oatman High.
And it turned out to be an excellent workshop and a delightful experience.
Since I live in a big city, I especially enjoyed getting away to stay in a cabin in the woods. Here are some photos of the charming and comfortable cabin where I stayed. So peaceful and free of television. No distractions or excuses not to write!
The sixteen writers/students who attended really made this workshop zing.
We shared our stories and poems at Open Mic Nights, at the meal tables, in the classes, and sitting around the beautiful new barn where the classes were held.
Writers came from all across the country from Portland to Boise to Florida to North Carolina. Everyone seemed devoted to their writing craft and many shared both writing battle stories about the challenges getting published and success stories (here's my new book!).
We also got to visit and tour the Highlights for Children Press building and meet the staff.
Finally, I have to mention the food at the retreat. Local chiefs lovingly prepared their own recipes often with local ingredients. Delicious!
What a terrific workshop! I'll be sharing more about the the novelists who led the workshop and their books in upcoming posts, so stay tuned.
For more information on Highlights Foundation workshops, visit http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/.
Have you been on a writers workshop that you liked?
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