I know nothing about children's fiction or this institute, but i've seen it mentioned on a number of boards which dealed with Children's lit, so heres the place to discuss your experiences (good and bad) advice etc in regards to the institute.
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Number of posts : 54 Location : Canada Humor : Zombie Registration date : 2009-02-08
Subject: Re: The Institute of Children's Literature Thu May 21, 2009 10:13 am
I have heard nothing but good about this organization, but have no personal experience. I know that Verla Kay's has several discussions about the institute with different perspectives on the courses and the value of them.