Retreats and Workshops

Hone your craft with expert children’s book authors, illustrators, agents, and editors. Whether we travel somewhere together or you fly into Florida for one of our events, you’re bound to build relationships, improve your writing, and have FUN!

Upcoming Retreats

Spring 2021 – Nonfiction Workshop



March 19-21, 2021

Featuring seven (7) acquiring Editors

Simon Boughton, Publishing Director, Norton Young Readers,

Kathy Landwehr, Vice President and Associate Publisher of Peachtree Publishing,

Hilary Van Dusen, Executive Editor, Candlewick Publishers,

Alyssa Mito Pusey, Executive Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing,

Pam Bobowicz, Senior Editor at Workman Publishing,

Katie Heit, Editor Cartwheel/ Orchard Books, Scholastic Inc., and

Elizabeth Stranahan, Assistant  Editor at Crown Books.

But wait, there’s more:

Our SPECIAL GUEST Authors are

Lesa Cline-Ransome and Sarah Albee


Author/Illustrator, Eric Rohmann.


October 2018 MG/YA Beach Retreat with Gary Schmidt

DATES: October 19-21 4p-8p Friday, 8a-6p Saturday, 8a-5p Sunday
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort


Gary D. Schmidt is the author of novels such as “The Wednesday Wars”
(a Newbery Honor book) and “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy” (a
Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book), and “Okay for Now” (a National
Book Award Finalist).  His most recent is “Orbiting Jupiter,” and he is
looking forward to the spring, 2019, publication of “Pay Attention,
Carter Jones,” a middle grade novel.  This fall, his “So Tall Within,”
a picture book biography of Sojourner Truth, illustrated by Daniel
Minter, will come out.  He lives in an 1830s home in Alto, Michigan,
and teaches writing at Calvin College, the MFA in Writing for Children
at Hamline University, and at Handlon Prison in Ionia, Michigan.

Krista Vitola is a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and specializes in middle-grade and young adult fiction. 
Julia Maguire is an Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers. 
She currently edits picture books and middle grade novels.
Jess Regel is an Agent with Foundry Media.
Jess represents young adult and middle grade books, as well as adult fiction and nonfiction. 
Heather Flaherty, an Agent with The Bent Agency.
Currently, she’s looking for authors of Middle-Grade, Young-Adult, and Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction projects. 

Spring 2019 – Nonfiction Workshop



May 2019



What people are saying about previous retreats

“The October retreat with Kelly Delaney of Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers was one of the highest value conference/retreats I’ve ever been to. I’ve already signed up for 2018.”

Jill Nadler
Page Turner Adventures

“It was one of the best weekends of my life.  It helped me feel more confident in my writing and I met some wonderful people.  Thank you for the opportunity to grow a bit more.”

Liza F.