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2018 Children's Lit Conference

July 11-15 (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 Lit 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. 

2018 Workshops

Picture Book - with award-winning author/illustrator Brian Pinkney

Middle Grade - with acclaimed author/editor Laura Geringer Bass

Young Adult - with NY Times Bestselling author Megan McCafferty

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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, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Peter H. Reynolds, Amy Krouse-Rosenthal Tor Seidler,  Kate and Jim McMullan,  Emma Walton Hamilton, 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

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