Session 1: July 11-15. Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult (5 days)
Session 2: July 18 – 29. Young Adult (10 days)

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 Writing Workshops are led by authors and editors of the first rank.

Our workshops and faculty for 2012 are:

Session 1:

  • Picture Book - #1 New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds
  • Middle Grade Novel – New York Times bestselling/Horn Book Award-winning author Kate McMullan
  • YA Novel – New YorkTimes bestselling authors Cynthia Leitich Smith and Greg Leitich Smith

Session 2:

  • YA Novel - National Book Award finalist and ALA Best Book of the Year Award-winning YA author Patricia McCormick


In the afternoons, participants choose from a wide range of elective sessions with distinguished authors, editors, publishers, and agents. Because the Childrens Literature Conference runs concurrently with the Southampton Playwriting and Screenwriting Conferences, as well as with adult workshops in poetry, memoir, novel and creative non-fiction, evening events feature well-known authors, playwrights, 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, Jules Feiffer, Amy Krouse-Rosenthal, Kate and Jim McMullan and Emma Walton Hamilton, 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.

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

Applications will go online soon. Please email to be placed on our mailing list or to receive further information.

“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.”

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