Frequently Asked Questions
Kindling Words is a retreat designed for children’s book professionals. We cultivate a warm, supportive, non-competitive environment, where everyone feels part of the group. Below are some answers to questions that have been asked by prior attendees.
Even if you have come to KW many times, it may be helpful to review this list.
If you are an author or illustrator you must have at least one book published or under contract with a publisher that meets all of these criteria (check list below) If you are an editor you must currently work for a publishing house that meets all of these criteria.
- the publisher pays authors/ illustrators an advance against royalties
- the publisher’s books are published in print format (not only on demand or digital)
- the publisher has editorial, marketing and distributing processes in place
- the publisher must have at least one prior list in print
- the publisher must publish multiple authors / illustrators each season
Authors and illustrators are eligible to attend if they have at least one book in print or under contract with a publisher that meets all five points. Editors are eligible if they are employed by such a publisher.
People on our email list will receive lottery sign-up instructions the day before the lottery opens. Once you have submitted the lottery sign-up form, your name will go into the lottery and you will be notified the following week as to whether your name has been selected, or if you are on the waiting list.
Those who get in are sent a registration form to complete. Everyone else is put on a wait list. People get off the waitlist as soon as a spot opens, and are then sent a registration form. We will let you know approximately how high you are on the waitlist so you know whether to keep the date free.
If you think you may not be on our email list and are eligible, please email the registrar and ask to be added to it. Please include your name and whether you make your primary income in our field as an author, editor, or illustrator.
That said, the workshops are only 90 minutes out of each day. The real wonder of attending Kindling Words is the deep intimate time we have getting to know each other and joining in white-space discussions. The workshops are the wrapping on the package, but the gift is being there, with your colleagues, for the whole weekend.
You are welcome to take your book back home with you at the end of the weekend, but if you would rather leave it behind, it will be donated to a local library or literature organization.
Please do not bring promotional materials.
For Kindling Words West, the tuition, room and board deposits are not refundable, but can be transferred to another person, and they can reimburse you.
If you have a question that you have not seen on this FAQ list, please do email us at email@example.com