Summer Children’s Literature Workshops

Children's Literature and Illustration

Hollins University’s graduate programs in children’s literature are renowned for their emphasis on the study, writing, and illustration of work in that field. We also offer one-week intensive workshops for teachers and librarians, aspiring authors and illustrators, and alumnae/i of Hollins’ undergraduate and graduate programs. Whether you want to grow your skills as a picture book creator, scholar, or selector, or would like to enhance your ability to write for children, these workshops offer practical guidance through the expertise of accomplished artists and authors.

“Navigating Watercolor: A Master Class”
A Workshop for Artists
Instructor: E. B. Lewis
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2022

If you are a children’s book illustrator seeking to perfect your watercolor planning and composition, an artist still learning how to control colors and values, or an art teacher hoping to improve your pedagogy, this workshop with a master of the craft is sure to help you toward your goals. E.B. Lewis has designed the week of instruction with the sensitive layering techniques of watercolor in mind. Starting with the fundamentals, each technique will build in a clear and understandable way. You will do short studies to actively apply employing the techniques, eventually allowing you to mix and match methods to suit your own artistic inclinations. There will be active discussions along the way with plenty of time to ask questions.

Watercolor paper, paints, tape, and drawing pencils will be provided. Students should bring their own brushes.

Recertification points may be granted for teachers. Check with your supervisor.

 

E. B. LewisE.B. Lewis is the illustrator of numerous books for children including Talkin’ About Bessie (a 2003 Coretta Scott King Award winner), The Bat Boy and His Violin (a Coretta Scott King Honor book), Down the Road (a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association), and The Other Side (a Notable Book for Language Arts). His work is frequently displayed in museums, owned by private collectors, and exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. http://eblewis.com/

 

For more information contact: Cathy Koon – ckoon@hollins.edu – 540-362-6326


Workshop Details

Workshop Fee:

  • $1,000 workshop fee. If you are a Hollins alumna/i, the workshop fee is $900.
  • A nonrefundable $100 deposit is due with a completed registration form to reserve your spot. The $100 nonrefundable deposit will go toward the workshop fee.
  • A $500 payment is due by April 1.
  • Payment in full due by May 2.

Campus Housing:

  • $135 – four (4) nights, single, air-conditioned dorm room. One linen packet (two towels, two washcloths, one set of sheets including a blanket) will be provided. Hollins dorms have a shared bathroom, kitchen, and social space.

Campus Meals:

  • $109.75, 13 meals, Monday, lunch and dinner; Tuesday – Thursday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Friday, breakfast and lunch
  • Campus meals are available to all workshop participants Monday – Friday.
  • Campus dining services are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Arrive: Check-in at Hollins Monday, July 18 from 11 am – 12 noon in Eastnor.
Workshop begins at 1 pm Monday, July 18.
Depart: Friday, July 22 after workshop class which will end at noon.

More Information:

  • Recertification points may be granted. Check with your supervisor.
  • Workshop will be held on the campus of Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA.
  • Participants may use the children’s literature collection of periodicals, journals, and reference books. Also, view alumna Margaret Wise Brown’s extensive collection.
  • If you prefer off campus housing, contact Country Inn & Suites, (540) 366-5678. Country Inn is about a half mile from Hollins campus. The Hollins rate is $85 a day plus tax ($94.52).

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“Next Steps for a Work in Progress”
An Intensive Revision Workshop
Instructor: Nancy Ruth Patterson
Monday, June 27 – Saturday, July 2, 2022

Limited to six participants, this workshop is for serious and motivated writers of realistic fiction who have made significant progress in drafting a chapter book, middle grade, or YA novel. Previous Hollins revision workshops led by this instructor have included all of the following:

  • Published Hollins writers in search of their next book
  • Students tackling a creative thesis for the Hollins graduate program
  • Writers returning from previous Hollins Summer Writing Workshops
  • Hollins alumnae/i polishing a manuscript for submission to agents and editors
  • Writers new to Hollins, but admitted on the basis of sample chapters from their WIP

In a nurturing atmosphere, Hollins University will be a safe harbor for the sometimes doubt-filled journey toward the art of revising. In order for writers to receive the most thorough and beneficial help and make the most progress possible, assignments completed before the workshop are important. No later than June 10, writers will exchange a tentative synopsis and five pivotal chapters of their work in progress. Before arriving on campus, they will write reviews of each other’s submissions (and of their own work) using specific guidelines to enhance meaningful workshop discussion. In addition to specific and supportive WIP discussion and editorial feedback during the workshop, writers will also polish a query letter, revise the synopsis, and develop a manuscript pitch to find the right agent and/or editor.

Admission: Until April 1, space will be reserved on a first-registered, first-served basis only for alumnae/i or thesis students of the Hollins graduate program in children’s literature or writers who have completed a Hollins Summer Writing Workshop. Other serious writers may apply for the waiting list at any time. If space remains after April 1, waiting list applicants may be admitted on the basis of when they were waitlisted and on a writing sample from their WIP. Deadline for registration is May 1.

For information about registration, please contact Cathy Koon, manager of graduate services, at ckoon@hollins.edu or 540-362-6326.

For other information about the workshop, contact the instructor, Nancy Ruth Patterson, at nrpatters@aol.com or 540-982-0712.

Recertification points may be granted for teachers. Check with your supervisor.

 

Photo of Nancy Ruth PattersonNancy Ruth Patterson’s five novels for children have been honored on Master Reading Lists in 10 states, and three have been adapted and performed for the professional stage. Upon retiring after 33 years as a teacher and administrator with Roanoke City Schools, she joined the adjunct faculty of the University of Virginia, teaching graduate courses in literature for children and young adults as well as memoir writing. She has spoken at more than 500 national conferences and workshops and has written numerous articles on the craft of writing. At her 2002 induction into the Virginia High School League’s Hall of Fame, Patterson was cited as “one of the most sought-after writing teachers in the country.” She has received the Hanes Friend of Education Award for her teaching and the 2015 Kendig Award for her contribution to Arts and Culture.

Some previous attendees shared their experiences about the workshop:
“I cannot recommend this intensive enough for anyone serious about advancing your writing career, reconnecting with the magic of the Hollins campus and community, or anyone in need of a refresh button to get back in the driver’s seat of your own writing.”

“I left a better writer with more colleagues in the craft and clear next steps to improve my manuscript and make it ready for publication. I would do this again in a heartbeat!”

“A brilliant idea, exceptionally executed, and a truly magical experience!”

For more information contact: Cathy Koon – ckoon@hollins.edu – 540-362-6326


Workshop Details

Workshop Fee:

  • $1,000 workshop fee. If you are a Hollins alumna/i, the workshop fee is $900.
  • A nonrefundable $100 deposit is due with a completed registration form to reserve your spot. The $100 nonrefundable deposit will go toward the workshop fee.
  • A $500 payment is due by April 1.
  • Payment in full due by May 2.

Campus Housing:

  • $165 – five (5) nights, single, air-conditioned dorm room. One linen packet (two towels, two washcloths, one set of sheets including a blanket) will be provided. Hollins dorms have a shared bathroom, kitchen, and social space.

Campus Meals:

  • $119.50, 14 meals, Monday, lunch and dinner; Tuesday – Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday – on your own.
  • Campus meals are available to all workshop participants Monday – Friday.
  • Campus dining services are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Arrive: Check-in at Hollins Monday, June 27 from 11 am – 12 noon.
Workshop begins at 1 pm Monday, June 27.
Depart: Saturday, July 2 after workshop class which will end at noon.

More Information:

  • Recertification points may be granted. Check with your supervisor.
  • Workshop will be held on the campus of Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA.
  • Participants may use the children’s literature collection of periodicals, journals, and reference books. Also, view alumna Margaret Wise Brown’s extensive collection.

Contact information:

Space remains available, but you need to sign up today!

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