Society of
Children's Book Writers
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July Writing Workshop with Gary Schmidt

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Date(s) - 07/13/2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive - Chaska, MN 55318


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MN SCBWI is excited to announce an all-day writing retreat featuring Gary Schmidt. This retreat will be held at the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm. (8:30-9 sign in).

This hands-on workshop will focus on revision and will be a combination of lecture and writing exercises. Bring your work in progress or finished project to the workshop.



Revising a text isn’t just about the grammar, of course–it really is re-envisioning a text, seeing it in new ways, exploring possibilities that might not have occurred the first, second, or fifteenth time through. In each of these, we’ll look at the ways in which craft elements can be revised to create more powerful, entertaining, and integrated novels.

To that end, we” look at four foci in revising:

1. Playing around with the structure.

2. Playing around with time.

3. Playing around with characters’ journeys.

4. Playing around with the setting.



Cost for Members: $100 (includes lunch)
Cost for Non-members: $135 (includes lunch)

Registration and payment due June 28, 2019.
Download registration form below, fill it out, and send with your check.

2019 MN SCBW July Workshop


This is an incredible opportunity to work on your manuscript (MG or YA) with one of today’s most talented writers in children’s literature.

Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College, where he teaches courses in writing, medieval literature, and children’s literature. He is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor-winning novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, the Newbery Honor-winning novel The Wednesday Wars, and Okay for Now, a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of the young adult book Orbiting Jupiter, a 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book (among other awards).

“I have attended several of his workshops and have heard Gary speak at SCBWI conferences. I highly recommend attending no matter where you are in your writing journey. He’s absolutely one of the best teacher’s I’ve had.” – Quinette Cook, MN Regional Advisor, SCBWI