Children's Literature Conference

2017 Children's Literature Conference

July 19-23 (5 days)

Workshops in Writing Picture Books, Middle Grade Fiction and Young Adult Novels

Feiffer Illustration

"If you're dreaming of becoming the next J. K. Rowling, we've got the perfect place for you—the Southampton Children's Literature Conference." – School Library Journal

The Southampton Children's Literature Conference provides a unique forum in which to study and discuss the craft of writing for children. World-renowned authors, illustrators and editors offer inspiration and guidance through workshops, lectures, group discussions and special presentations. Open to new, established and aspiring writers, the Conference is located in the Hamptons at the Eastern End of New York's Long Island—a resort area of natural beauty.

The Children's Lit writing workshops are led by authors and editors of the first rank, and are the heart and soul of the conference experience. Workshops meet daily for 3 hour sessions. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per workshop. 

2017 Workshops


MARYROSE WOOD - Middle Grade


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In the afternoons, participants choose from a wide range of elective sessions with distinguished authors, editors, publishers, and agents. Because the Children's Literature Conference runs concurrently with the Southampton Creative Writing Workshops (in poetry, memoir, novel and creative non-fiction) as well as the International Theatre Workshops, evening events feature well-known authors, playwrights, performers and filmmakers. The schedule of formal and informal social gatherings is rich—from author receptions to an open-mic night—with a few surprises, too. Previous guest presenters include the award-winning authors and/or illustrators Arlene Alda, Julie Andrews, Chris Barton, Libba Bray, Jules Feiffer, Gayle Forman, Grace Lin, Peter Lerangis, Patricia McCormick, Peter H. Reynolds, Amy Krouse-RosenthalTor Seidler, Kate and Jim McMullan, Maryrose WoodDan Yaccarino and Ed Young, as well as editor Cindy Kane, children’s lit historian Leonard Marcus, marketing guru Susan Raab, children’s lit expert Connie Rockman and award-winning poet Julie Sheehan, among others.

We’re pleased to offer graduate credits to eligible students.
Workshop size is limited; scholarships available. Applications become available in December.


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"If your dream is to write for little ones, this conference can help you get started on the path to publication—and if you’re already an experienced children’s writer, this is a great place to further develop your craft." - Writers Digest


“What an incredible experience. Memorable. It wasn’t just that I learned so much about writing a children’s book—though I did—it was the whole experience from start to finish. Meeting others who were searching and finding ways to unlock their own stories, people from different backgrounds and experiences, was so stimulating. There we were, strangers thrown together under brilliant, warm tutelage. How lucky can you be?”

“I learned more than I anticipated. Each of the sessions brought me closer to my dream of writing from the heart.”

“A wonderful balance of professional writers’ comments and lectures and the business end of the publishing field.”

“A wonderful, intellectually-challenging experience.”

“Our workshop leader was unbelievably generous with her time and knowledge (as was everyone), which was far different from other conferences I’ve attended. Excessively excellent!”

“This conference was the best thing to happen to me in years! It was outstanding! I can sum it up in three words: Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!”

“I'd never expected the five greatest days of my summer would all land within the same week. Not only is the information invaluable, but the environment simply can't be beaten.”