Programs

Rhyming Picture Book Webinar: A Two-Night Mini

September 21 - 23, 2021

TYPE & LENGTH:

  • Online (Webinar-style, limited participant interaction.)
  • Two 75-minute sessions (September 21 and 23 at 7pm Eastern.)
  • Short submission of rhyming stanza (no more than 6 lines) due by September 10.

WHY THIS WORKSHOP?

Rhyming Picture Book Mini
To rhyme or not to rhyme… a question that fills the picture book writer’s mind! Join Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Anne Marie Pace for a webinar-style mini to find some answers! Take a look at stories that sing with rhythm and rhyme, and learn how to accomplish the structure and skill needed in your own work.

Topics we’ll consider:

  • Meter & Rhythm
  • Tone & Voice
  • Pacing & Page Turns
  • Mastering lyrical language
  • Incorporating poetic techniques into prose

Optional After the Course Critique: An optional picture book critique on a rhyming, rhythmic, and/or lyrical work-in-progress is available. The critique includes a Zoom consultation to discuss your work with feedback and suggestions for strengthening your rhyme/meter. The cost of this optional, after-the-course critique is $100. After the course is over you will receive information about how to purchase this option.

IT’S A GREAT FIT IF:

  • You have written a picture book(s) but aren’t sure if rhyme is the best device to drive the story forward.
  • You haven’t started writing your picture book, but love working in rhyme.
  • You’ve heard from an editor or agent that your rhyme isn’t working. You can revise to make the rhyme work, but should you? Not all stories are best served by rhyme. This mini will explore those that do and those that don’t.
  • You’re looking for a picture book workshop with a minimal time commitment. This mini will let you develop craft skills without investing a lot of time.
  • You want tips on how to make your prose sound more lyrical.

COMMITMENT REQUIRED FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE:

This session takes place over 2 days, with live webinar sessions starting at 7pm Eastern.

Note: If your schedule does not allow you to attend live sessions, that’s OK! You’ll have access to the recordings. They’re usually posted the day after the session, and they’ll be available through October 31, 2021.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

Pre-workshop: we will ask you to consider submitting one stanza of a rhyming work in progress (no more than 6 lines) by September 10, 2021. We will choose some to analyze during the course.

Part One: Tuesday, September 21 (7pm-8:15pm Eastern)

  • Basics of meter
    • Keeping consistent meter
    • Deliberately breaking meter
  • Types of rhyme and where to find them: end rhyme, internal rhyme, double rhyme, near rhyme, etc.
  • Classic rhyme schemes and poetic forms: couplets, limericks, other types of poems like haiku and more.
  • Using refrains and repetition.
  • Rethinking prose to incorporate poetic techniques.

Part Two: Thursday, September 23 (7pm-8:15pm EST)

  • Mentor text examples
  • Resources for rhymers
  • Q&A

Optional After the Course Critique: An optional picture book critique on a rhyming, rhythmic, and/or lyrical work-in-progress is available. The critique includes a Zoom consultation to discuss your work with feedback and suggestions for strengthening your rhyme/meter. The cost of this optional, after-the-course critique is $100. After the course is over you will receive information about how to purchase this option.

HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION RESOURCES AND FAQS FOR WORKSHOPS:

RELATED RESOURCES:

Picture Books: To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme
Picture Book Word Count, and Other Rules That Are Meant to Be Broken
Get to Know Your Picture Book Before You Start Revising
Short and Easy, Right? How Hard Can It Be to Write a Picture Book
Seeing Your Manuscript by Listening

FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

“You picked two very different authors to teach the course and I enjoyed their similar (yet slightly different) perspectives.”

“Deep expertise, extremely generous with their time, insights. Perfect pair–very different but complimentary skills/experiences. And funny!”

“The faculty, Sudipta & Anne Marie, were fantastic. It was wonderful to receive direction from such established and prolific writers. They brought a great deal of enthusiasm to their presentations.”

“I use to think Highlights was a magical place but taking a course online taught me: it was not just the place but always the people!”

Faculty

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include Chicks Rule, The United States vs. Jackie Robinson (2019…
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Anne Marie Pace

In spite of the adage to write what you know, Anne Marie Pace has never been a vampire, a ballerina,…
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