There are so many fabulous writing conferences and workshops out there! If I could, I would attend every one of them. As it is, I have a savings box designated for conferences and workshops, and bit by bit, I’ll get there.

In the meantime, I wanted to share them with you — perhaps you’ll want to put at least some of them on your conference/workshop bucket list, too.

They’re in an accordion — just click on whichever one you want to read about, and that part of the page will open for you. They’re arranged alphabetically.


The Picture Book Summit is a one-day online conference, unlike the other conferences on my bucket list. That means there’s no travel involved, no hotel accommodation or meals to plan for, and you can attend in your PJs if you want to, since no one actually sees you, you’re just sitting at your computer watching the conference unfold before your eyes.

The founders of the conference are Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Hedlund, Katie Davis and Laura Backes. Each year there are amazing keynote speakers (such as Tomie dePaola, Carole Boston Weatherford, Adam Rex) as well as workshops by picture book experts, agents, and editors.

It’s held the first Saturday in October each year. Maybe I’ll be able to participate next year…

To read more about it, click here.


SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international organization for children’s writers and illustrators, and also for editors, publishers and agents. If you are a writer or illustrator, even if you’re just starting out, you owe it to yourself to join. It is worth every penny.

Every summer, they hold a HUGE international gathering in Los Angeles. I attended in 2011, and it was a great adventure, and an excellent learning experience. Every year, I yearn to be there again. Some day…

You can read about it here. (Although the 2017 conference is over, it will give you an idea of what it’s like.) Maybe I’ll see you there sometime!


SCBWI also holds an annual conference in New York City, in winter. This conference is on a smaller scale than the LA conference, but it still offers tons of opportunities to network with colleagues, to meet agents and editors, and to hear amazing speakers. I haven’t yet attended one, but some day…

Watch this space for information to be released about the Winter 2018 conference.



The Southampton Children’s Literature Conference (on New York’s Long Island — in The Hamptons) is part of the larger Southampton Arts Summer, and offers small, intensive workshops in picture books, middle grade novels, or young adult novels, led by a leading author in each genre. By small, I mean that only 12 writers are selected for each genre each year.

I attended in 2012, as a participant in Kate McMullan’s excellent Middle Grade workshop. The intensive classes take place in the mornings, while the afternoon is open for “cross-pollinating” — attending small workshops/seminars/panel discussions with others in the Arts Summer programs (adult writing, film, theatre, etc.) Evenings bring other opportunities for learning and broadening one’s outlook.

You can learn more at this link.


The Southampton Writers Conference, in Southampton on New York’s Long Island,  is for writers of adult literature. How I would love to workshop one of my works-in-progress at this Conference some day! Read more about it here.

I would particularly love to be a part of Roger Rosenblatt’s incredible-sounding Master Class. As it says in the description on the website, “For five lively two-and-a-half hour sessions, acclaimed writer and teacher Roger Rosenblatt, using music and the other arts, broadens and deepens the discussion of all the creative elements of writing, tapping into the highest imaginative capabilities of his students.” Wow! Right up my alley. Read more about it here.


Amazing authors Kate Messner and Linda Urban lead the Time to Write Revision Retreat which, according to Kate’s blog post “will include daily craft lectures from Linda and Kate, mentor-facilitated small-group critique sessions, lively community meals, and quiet work time.” And it’s on the shores of Lake Champlain near Plattsburgh, New York (close to both the Vermont border and the Quebec border.)

Read more about it here, and join me in planning for some day…