Highlights Foundation retreat / by abby hanlon

I spent three days in the woods with some very talented authors and illustrators.  Top (holding Ashley's bear: Selina Alko, Lauren Castillo, Julia Sarcone-Roach, Denise Fleming. Bottom: Leslie Margolis, Julia Denos, me, and Ashley Wolff.

The Highlights Foundation (Honesdale, PA) has workshops for children's book authors and illustrators, but we signed up for an "Unworkshop," so we all worked on our own stuff and came together for meals and walks in the woods. It was really inspiring being around this kind of intense creative energy and getting a glimpse into each person's process. I'm so grateful to be part of this supportive community of women. 

Selina Alko and Lauren Castillo 

Selina Alko and Lauren Castillo 

With Julia Sarcone-Roach

With Julia Sarcone-Roach