About the 2017 Calendar

May 19: (Workshop May 18-21: Defining Your Voice with Sharyn November.) Patti will be featured speaker Friday morning of this weekend workshop on finding your voice with longtime Penguin editor November.  At The Barn, The Highlights Foundation Conference Center in Boyds Mills, Pa. (See www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops)

May 28-June 3: Capturing the Unexpected; starting your novel – right. A week long workshop of morning exercises on the craft, and one-on-on consultations as writers begin their novels. Daily writing opportunities in the writers’ cabins and The Barn. Evening sharing.  At The Barn, Highlights Foundation Conference Center in Boyds Mills, Pa.  (Class size limited to 9)

July 9:  Summer Camp. Keynote  Speaker, opening banquet Sunday night to introduce week-long multi-workshop program at The Barn, Highlgihts Foundation Conference Center in Boyds Mills, Pa. .  Summer Camp is the Boyds Mills, Pa. derivative of the Chautauqua Writer’s Week which Highlights sponsored for almost thirty years. Outstanding authors, editors, agents present a varied and publishing-wise program, along with daily one-on-one manuscript critiques. Evening Sharing.

November 3-5: Master Class: Understanding Close Third Point of View.  At The Barn, Highlights Foundation Conference Center in Boyds Mills, Pa. This point of view has been a primary one for writers since Jane Austin. Writers of children;s and young adult fiction are no exception. Giving the writer a way to tell both the inner and outer story of a character, this point of view broadens the writer’s opportunities to write a story that is both wise and emotionally powerful. A new workshop led by Patti.