About Tent: Children's Literature

April 28–May 3, 2019

Tent: Children’s Literature, is a weeklong retreat for emerging and midcareer writers and author-illustrators of board books, picture books, early chapter books, and middle-grade fiction. Participants spend a week at the Yiddish Book Center reading and writing, workshopping new projects, and talking about craft and the history of Jewish storytelling. The program offers intensive, multi-day workshops led by prominent critics and editors, as well as seminars on Jewish history, literature, and cultural materials, led by leading critics and scholars of children's literature from around the country. 

Applications for the 2019 Tent: Children’s Literature are now closed. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by Februrary 11, 2019. 

Outside of the classroom, participants work on their writing in a pastoral setting, meet prominent people in the industry, and see unique archival materials at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. They may also visit the Emily Dickinson Museum and present their own work at the Carle Museum. Most importantly, the program offers a retreat where writers can connect with peers and find support as they discover new, challenging, and fascinating Jewish stories to tell.

Tent: Children’s Literature welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, Jewish affiliations, and experiences, including people with multiple heritages, people of color, LGBTQ participants, and non-Jewish participants. Anyone who has an interest in creating Jewish children’s literature is welcome to apply.

Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events, and also receives a travel stipend.

Tent: Children’s Literature is made possible with support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation/PJ Library. PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month, helping families talk together about values and traditions that are important to them. Families with kids ages six months through eight years old who have Judaism as part of their lives are welcome to sign up, regardless of their Jewish background, knowledge, or observance. To learn more, visit www.pjlibrary.org.

PJ Library also offers PJ Our Way, a program for kids ages nine through eleven, which offers middle-grade books that kids choose themselves. To learn more, visit pjourway.org.