Monday, April 16, 2012


After 27 years of the Highlights Foundation’s week-long summer workshop at Chautauqua, the Foundation has decided to move to a new level this summer. They have created three new week-long workshops, each with a tighter focus, but with many of the same faculty members as Chautauqua. Each of these workshops will serve 33 writers (Chautauqua served 100), and will be held at the Boyds Mills, PA, facility where the Founders Workshops are held—and where the Swaggers met. Using this facility allows them to reduce the cost for attendees. The three new workshops are:
 Writing From The Heart (led by Joy Cowley, Jillian Sullivan, Christine French Cully, & Lori Ries)
 Fiction Writing for Children & Young Adults (led by Patty Gauch, Jillian Sullivan, David Richardson, & Robert J. Blake)
 Nonfiction Writing for Children & Young Adults (led by Peter P. Jacobi, Candace Fleming, Larry Dane Brimner, Lionel Bender, & Stephen R. Swinburne)
 And each workshop boasts a number of special guests to enlighten your experience. Click here for more information.
The original gang, pre-Swagger, meeting for the first time at a Highlights Foundation workshop in November 2009.

As fans of the HF workshops, the Swaggers recommend you select which workshop best meets your needs & give it a try. Here are our Top 10 reasons why:

#10 More affordable than Chautauqua with the same spirit & philosophy
#9 Unparalleled caliber of faculty & staff
#8 Inspiration & valuable tips on craft
#7 Opportunity to bring one’s craft to a higher level
#6 Meeting others who also like to play with Words
#5 A manuscript review from professionals who treat you like a friend
#4 Lasting relationships with some of the industry’s most experienced and successful writers
#3 Focus on one’s individual needs
#2 Time away in a beautiful setting
And the #1 reason to attend a Highlights Foundation workshop this summer is:
Three words—breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Compiled by Juliet Bond, Graziella Pacini Buonanno, & Kathy Cannon Wiechman


  1. This summer I am going to set aside two weeks where I don't READ anything, just write. I'll see how that goes, then move on from there. This does sound like an excellent workshop.

  2. This post made me smile. Yes, exactly right.