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JWKC is now dba: Midwest Children's Authors Guild (MWCAG)
JWKC's Conference Recommendations
Looking to continue to make additional professional connections? Can't wait until our 2006 event? Want some recommendations on where you can meet editors, agents and other accomplished authors?

Here's our list (and links) of favorite conferences:

Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops
Spring and Fall Annually

Too numerous to list here, these intimate 4 or 7-day retreats are limited to 8-14 writers depending on the session. Focus is on writing, discussion, one-on-one manuscript critiques with the faculty and more. Hosting these sessions are some of the best known names in children's publishing.

Guests stay on the beautifiul wooded grounds surrounding the Highlights Founders' home near Honesdale Pennsylvania. Price includes workshop, incredible gourmet meals, private lodging and airport pick-ups.

Guests arriving early are treated to behind the scenes tours and introductions to editors at both Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.

JWKC members who have attended workshops include: Christine Taylor-Butler (Heart of a Novel with Patti Gauch,) Toni Watson (The Art of Writing Biography with Carolyn Yoder), and Demar Regier (Word Play - Writing Poetry for Children).

Call 570-253-1192 for information or a catalogue. Or click this link for a list of upcoming sessions:

Highlights Foundation Founders Workshop Schedule

The Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua.
Held Annually in July

Held every year in July, this is the Highlights Foundation's flagship workshop. It is a one-week immersion in the world of children's writing. It features large and small workshops, several one-on-one critiques and mentoring from some of the most well-known professionals in children's publishing.

This intimate conference is held in upstate New York in the gated community of Chautauqua. Limited to no more than 100 writers the faculty to student ratio is 1-3. Each author is assigned a mentor AND a manuscript reader to help guide them through the week. Faculty include award winning authors and editors from major publishing houses.  

A number of JWKC members have done this retreat and consider it to be one of the best conferences for honing your skill and making professional connections.

Scholarships are available for those with financial need (apply in the fall prior to conference). For information call 570-253-1192 or click on the following link:

Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua

click here to catch a glimpse of the town that serves as a backdrop for the conference

Juvenile Writers of Kansas City
is a non-profit chapter of
Missouri Writer's Guild.

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