Jazz up your picture book with two experts

Darcy Pattison
Darcy Pattison
Leslie Helakoski
Leslie Helakoski
For several years now, Darcy Pattison and Leslie Helakoski have facilitated our PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz workshop. They always get “raves” from attendees and we wanted to share some of those:

"The PB&J workshop was delicious! Darcy and Leslie encouraged, enlightened and energized in a most personable way. Two of my favorite sessions were Darcy’s “stress prosody” for those of us who struggle with meter, and Leslie’s method for evaluating the characteristics of successful picture books using a matrix."—2015 attendee

"The critiques were excellent, the meals delicious and the Highlights staff, amazing. And a final savory nugget: I extended my stay by two nights…perfect for processing and revising before reentry to the world…and at a very reasonable rate for lodging and three meals a day."—Sarah Glenn Fortson, Chicago, IL

"While at PB&J 2015, I acquired a new writing tool. I learned to write “Focusing Statements.” This skill has enabled me to narrow and clarify my focus, so I can better convey what the story is about."—Linda Andersen, Fayetteville, NC

"This conference was great! A perfect mix of learning and practicing our craft."—Peggy Campbell-Rush, Washington, NJ

"Darcy and Leslie were extremely accessible for advice, critique and casual conversation."—Perri Hogan, Syracuse, NY

For more about what Darcy and Leslie have to offer, see these blog posts:
9 Picture Book Topics to Avoid
Are You Ready to Write a Children’s Picture Book?


Posted on: April 21, 2016

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