Books by Juana Martinez-Neal

Photo by Jade Beall

  • Fri
    Los Angeles, CA

    Registration for the Summer Conference opens Thursday, April 25 at 10am PST. Register for a weekend of keynote presentations; industry panels; manuscript, portfolio and social media consultations; craft and business-related breakout sessions; and optional full-day intensives for writers, illustrators, and published authors.

    Once again, the Conference will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s lineup features keynotes from some of the most renowned names in children's literature, including Mem Fox, Meg Medina, Renée Watson, Christian Robinson, Yuyi Morales, and Raúl the Third. Six mainstage panels featuring authors, illustrators, editors, and agents, as well as 72 breakout sessions round out the spectacular program.

    A full day of sought-after intensives will be offered on Monday, August, 12.

    Conference Panels and Events
    Saturday, August 10
    10:00 – 11:00 am
    Author Panel: Birth of a Picture Book
    Main Stage
    Alice Faye Duncan, Suzanne Kaufman, Corinna Luyken, and Juana Martinez-Neal moderated by Melissa Manlove

    Sunday, August 11
    2:45 – 3:45 pm
    Drawing from Life Experience to Create Compelling Picture Books
    Breakout Session
    Juana shares how she uses family experiences to write and illustrate picture books.

    Illustrators Intensive
    Monday, August 12
    11:30 – 12:30 am
    Balancing Act: Life+Work
    Walking the Tightrope of Gutter Cleaning, Deadlines, PT Meetings, Promotion, Aging Parents,... and Art

    Monday, August 12
    4:30 – 5:30 pm
    Panel: Parting Words
    Corinna Luyken, Ben Clanton, Juana Martinez-Neal and Christian Robinson moderated by Peter Brown

  • Wed
    Honesdale, PA

    You’ve launched your career – now what? Discuss, dissect, collaborate, and grow.

    This workshop is for published authors and illustrators to have time to talk about their careers, challenges, deadlines, and upcoming projects. With this workshop, we are aiming for meaningful conversation about how to continue to push the boundaries of our work. How do we acknowledge the power of our recurring themes and at the same time find ways to break new ground and find innovation?

    Please note that there is an application process for this workshop.
    After you register and pay your $200 deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the application you will need to fill out.

    Authors and illustrators interested in this retreat must list the following when applying:
    - Two or more titles of your own published work.
    - A short paragraph indicating ways in which you hope to grow as a writer or illustrator.

    The application deadline is July 1, 2019. Decisions will be made soon after the application deadline.

    Faculty: Jennifer Jacobson, Renée Watson, Juana Martinez-Neal and Gareth Hinds.

    For more information and to sign up for the workshop, please visit the Highlights Foundation's Workshop event page.

  • Sat
    Buffalo, NY

    Details to come.

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