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LoonSong, Once More!

It’s happening.   LoonSong, the writers’ retreat that the folks who’ve been there call “Magical!”

Once more we will gather in the pristine wilderness of northern Minnesota in a rustic lodge on the shores of Elbow Lake.  Once more we will listen to some of the best writers and editors and agents in the children’s book world talk about their work . . . our work.  Once more we will join the conversation, speak our dreams, share our struggles.

It will be a small group, because the setting doesn’t accommodate large.  So once more we will get to know one another.

We will eat and sleep and work.  We will hike and kayak and, those of us who are truly brave, even swim.  We will mingle, faculty and students together, on pontoon cruises and at picnic tables and at the evening campfire.

And once more we will be renewed, because renewal is what this weekend is about.

LoonSong offers a smorgasbord of events to choose from, lectures and panels and workshops and one-on-one meetings and time for our own writing and even yoga.  Some who attend will be well-published writers.  Some will be beginning to explore this field for the first time.  All will find a home in this serene and lively setting.

The faculty is stellar:  Nikki Grimes; Susan Cooper; Cynthia Leitich Smith; Bruce Coville; Michael Sterns, the founder of Upstart Crow Literary; Yolanda Scott, associate publisher and editorial director at Charlesbridge . . . and more.

This gathering will take place from September 6th through the 10th.  Those who would like to leave early to celebrate Rosh Hashanah or who would simply like extra time at the retreat may arrive on September 4th.

Now is the moment to register while there are still openings.  This is our third year, and the retreat has filled each time.

Go to https://loonsong.org to find more detailed information and registration forms.

We writers work in such deep isolation.  LoonSong is the kind of community experience we need to give ourselves from time to time to keep our hearts full and our stories flowing.


LoonSong facilityThe autumn air, the stillness of the water, the cry of the loon. If you long for time away from your daily grind, for days nestled in a quiet spot with beautiful views and inspirational people, a time to write and think, dream and learn, come join us at LoonSong!

Be part of our inaugural retreat for children’s authors who are serious about their writing. Come listen to award-winning writers talk about their process; hear what’s happening in the children’s book market and network with people who can help you grow your career; join in discussions about craft and business; participate in informal critique groups; take time for yourself and your writing. All among the towering pines and graceful birches along the shores of Elbow Lake.

This retreat is for you! A rich smorgasbord. Select the options that meet your needs—lectures, small workshops, consultations—or retreat to your beautiful lodgings to write and dream.  Connect with an editor, an agent, marketers. Enjoy pontoon rides on the lake with your fellow writers. Gather around bonfires.

Check out the schedule and sign up today. LoonSong will give you what you need: time, expertise, and inspiration.

The place, Elbow Lake Lodge in the pristine Boundary Waters area of northern Minnesota. The nearest town is Cook. Commercial shuttle service to Duluth is available from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport and LoonSong offers a shuttle from Duluth where you can begin to meet your fellow participants. Or you can arrive in your own car.

(I know when I’m considering travel to out-of-the-way places, before I can begin to dream I need to set aside any anxiety about getting there. We’ll take care of you!)

The faculty are writers Katherine Paterson, William Alexander, Kathi Appelt, Kekla Magoon, and me (Marion Dane Bauer).

Steve and Vicki Palmquist of Winding Oak will present on marketing and provide individual marketing consultations.

Rubin Pfeffer is our agent. (He happens to be my agent and he’s extraordinary.)  You can pitch your work to him in an individual session.

And now we can announce that we have an editor on board, Yolanda Scott, Editorial Director at Charlesbridge. As well as hearing her speak and having both Yolanda and Rubin present at readings, ten lucky folks to be chosen at random can have an individual consult with this exceptional editor. (Check the LoonSong website for details)

LoonSong is a collaboration with Vermont College of Fine Arts, so if you are interested in gathering information about the oldest and most prestigious MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults in the country, that will be available, too. All the writing faculty are connected with VCFA, Katherine on the Board of Trustees, the rest of us current or former faculty. And the retreat is designed by Debby Dahl Edwardson and Jane Buchanan, VCFA grads, and by me.

LoonSongLoonSong will be a boutique experience, intimate, nurturing, relaxing, inspiring. And there are a few spots still open.

Sign up and come join us, September 8th through the 12th, 2016. This will be the first of what we hope will be a long and rich tradition.

I would love to see you there!