The Highlights mission reads: "To improve the quality of children's literature by helping authors and illustrators hone their craft." Writing can be lonely, so finding ways to connect with and learn from other writers - wherever they may be on their own creative journey - keeps the fire burning. It was a memorable weekend and I learned a great deal, not just from the faculty but my fellow writers too. I'm always humbled by how much people put into the stories they have to tell, how much there is to learn about the craft and how generous and supportive the children's literature community is. I left full of gratitude.