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PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz 2018 | June 7 – June 10, 2018

Go beyond the basics to understand the “whys” behind current picture book bestsellers.

Everyone loves picture books! But writing stories that sell means going beyond a fun idea. In addition to structure, word choice, and plot, have you considered voice, style, rhythm, layout, rhyme, audience, tone, and sound?

This workshop with award-winning picture book authors Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski digs deep into the many layers that create strong creative stories. You’ll go beyond the basics to understand the whys behind current picture book bestsellers. We’ll dissect books with that elusive read-again-and-again quality and learn how to entice readers with our own writing.

In addition to new ways to understand story, you’ll get reviews on personal manuscripts from our three faculty members. You’ll receive feedback on your work from an acquiring editor and hear her discuss why she chooses the books she chooses. Though no artistic talent is needed for this workshop, understanding the role art plays in a picture book is essential. A visiting art director will discuss how art enhances writing and inspire you to make room for the art as you write.

Take a look at a previous year’s schedule to imagine yourself attending and contributing to the fun. Our intimate, small-group format will ensure you learn as much as possible and leave with fresh ideas as well as new friends.

Faculty Blog Posts:
9 Picture Book Topics to Avoid
Are You Ready to Write a Children’s Picture Book?
Writing Picture Books That Soar
How Do You Know if You’ve Written a Picture Book?

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