from the Center for Creative Writing: Writing for Children retreat

Writing for Children retreat returns in October!

Savor the Catskill Mountains’ seasonal glories while learning how to create picture books for child audiences, Oct. 24-27, 2019.

Explore the picture book form and methods of illustration that do not require previous art experience, then transform a story into a working book dummy, all under the guidance of bestselling children’s book author/illustrator Helena Clare Pittman.

Registration for this long weekend includes:

  • Rigorous instructional workshops;
  • Ample private time to complete writing assignments;
  • Q&A discussions plus feedback on your writing;
  • A personal consultation with your instructor (optional);
  • Four days and three nights of private accommodations at the Lazy Pond Bed and Breakfast, situated on 12 acres in Sullivan County, NY
  • Transportation to and from your B&B to Helena’s art studio if you don’t have a car;
  • Breakfasts and lunches included; enjoy breakfast at the B&B on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and lunches provided by your teacher Friday and Saturday

All levels welcome. Register by Oct. 1 to secure one of three available spots!


Center for Creative Writing

Book Promo: The Rescue by Alana Siegel

The Rescue (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 3) by Alana Siegel

(Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 3)

THE RESCUE is a young adult fantasy novel and book #3 in the Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program series.

Olivia Hart believes there is no governing body or diabolical force that can keep her and Justin Benz apart. She loves him. Of course, that was before she regains consciousness in Prometheus’s Fort Bliss and discovers her friends have been hauled off to the Meta’s prison. Olivia is forced to pacify Mr. Dimon and conform to normal high school life in Pandora, but she knows as long as the only female Elste in the world lives there, it is a dangerous place.

About the Author:

Alana (Siegel) Mag is the author of the Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program fantasy young adult series. She was raised on Long Island, New York. She was the valedictorian of Plainedge High School and graduated with a B.A. and double major in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Stefan Mag, and their ragamuffin cat named Zeus. Since early childhood she has loved to read fantasy books. Add a little romance and a happy ending and in her eyes you have a perfect afternoon of reading.

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The Charm (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 1)The Retreat (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 2)The Rescue (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 3)

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