For more than 30 years, Kindling Words has been the leading professional retreat for the children’s book world.  Published authors and illustrators and editors hone the tools of their craft, engage in deep conversation with colleagues and fill the creative well with fresh ideas.

The village of Kindling Words welcomes all published creators to our intentionally diverse community of children’s book professionals.  Come experience opportunities to learn, network, and relax!

Kindling Words West
gathers for a full week in May
at Whidbey Island, WA

Kindling Words East
meets for four days in
in Providence, RI

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Eligibility 1
If you are an author or illustrator you must have at least one book published or under contract that meets ALL of these criteria. If you are an editor you must currently work for a publishing house that meets ALL of these criteria, or if you are currently an editor whose prior work history matches these criteria, you are also eligible (and please check all five boxes below).
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