About the 2014 Calendar

March 11: “Books Kids Shouldn’t Miss,” Spring Book Festival.  Arthur May Elementary School. A presentation for parents and children together. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

April 3: Creating the Pat Gauch Creative Writing Award. Gill-St Bernards School.  During this day teachers will meet with Pat in the morning, and Pat will lead workshops of high school writers in the afternoon. Gladstone, N.J.

May 3: Spring Conference, SCBWI Poconos at The Barn. “Going Far Enough,” morning key note; “Bits and Pieces and Olive Kitteridge,” early afternoon. Workshop on Voice in evening.  This is the annual conference of the Poconos chapter out of which many professional writers of children’s books have come, including Laurie Halse Anderson, Susan Bartoletti and many others.  All day. Honesdale, Pa.

May 4: Arts and Letters Salon, “Belly of the Whale, a literary journey of the young adult novel.” Meade Hall, at Drew University.  The is an exploration of the young adult novel as a blossoming genre in the publishing and literary world.  Madison, N.J. 4 to 5 p.m.; reception 5 to 6:30 p.m.

May 11 through May 17:  A Week with Pat Gauch at The Barn, Highlights Foundation conference center.  During this week, open to former students of Pat’s,  Pat will be available to work with writers on areas of their own choice: beginnings, climaxes, endings, pacing overall structure, etc. An informal one-on-one workshop.  Honesdale, Pa.  (Workshop full; waiting list.)

June 15 through 21: Chautauqua East, “A Chautauqua Frame of Mind” Sunday welcome; workshops on Voice,  and Conflict and Tension.  This popular workshop has launched award-winning writers of children’s books.  It was given at Chautauqua for nearly 30 years to much praise, transported to the pastoral Highlights Conference Center this year. An eclectic look at writing for children with renown authors, agent, editors providing one-on-one attention to manuscripts as well as workshops.  At the Barn, Highlights Foundation Conference Center.  Boyds Mills, Pa.  (See www.Highlightsfoundation.2014 course schedule for further information.)