Esther Hershenhorn


"Writing for Children" 


Writers Workshop

Readying Your Manuscript


July 12th through 17th

On Campus


$600 per person

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I’m enormously proud to continue for a third year the Vermont Manuscript Workshop, honoring Workshop founder Barbara Seuling’s love and knowledge of writing for children, dedication to craft and personal investment in her writers and their stories.

Grounded in the ways and wonders of Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains, this summer’s workshop offers up to 8 children’s book creators:


  • uninterrupted writing time from morning to night in a bounty of beautiful settings inside, outside, all around the town;

  • daily face-to-face facilitator feedback and coaching on their efforts;

  • supplemental materials to guide and support the writing and revision process;

  • rich connections with fellow like-minded, like-hearted writers to fine-tune both the story they’re telling and the writer’s life they’re living;

  • evening Read-aloud sessions;

  • drop-in visits by Children’s Book World residents;

  • optional outings to maximize nearby Vermont resources, such as Northshire Books in Manchester and local galleries.

  • focused “Food-for-Thought” Writer’s Journey conversations throughout each day’s three delicious 5* meals.


Interested participants need:


  • a working manuscript on which to focus;

  • a want and a need to take that manuscript to the necessary NEXT LEVEL, whatever that may be;

  • a willingness to connect, as Mary Poppins’ P.L. Travers advised – with their world, their story, themselves.​


Esther Hershenhorn teaches Writing for Children at Chicago’s Newberry Library and the Writer’s Studio of the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.  She takes enormous pride in the strides made by her 20-years-worth of students and 15-years-worth of coached writers; like Barbara Seuling, she also takes pride in doing things “the old-fashioned way” – up close and personal, investing in and nurturing writers so their stories can resound in their readers’ hearts. 


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