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2019 Children's Lit Conference

July 10-14 (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 started my journey to becoming a #1 NY Times best-selling author. Every aspiring author and illustrator should sign up and immerse themselves in this incredible culture of kidlit!" - Susan Verde, author of the NY Times #1 Bestselling Picture Book  I Am Human, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

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. 

2019 Workshops  

Picture Book with Dan Yaccarino

Chapter Book / Middle Grade with  Susan Tan

Young Adult with Donna Freitas

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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, Laura Geringer Bass, Libba Bray, Jules Feiffer, Gayle Forman, Grace Lin, Peter Lerangis, Megan McCafferty, Patricia McCormick, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian 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