Programs

Picture Book Revision: A Two-Night Mini

December 6 - 8, 2022

OVERVIEW:

You are your book’s first and most important editor. Join prolific picture book authors Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Anne Marie Pace for this short course filled with revision techniques for picture book writers.

A Two-Night Mini Online Course

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern)
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern)
  • Webinar-style program with closed captioning available and limited interaction in the chat

FEEDBACK EXPECTED:

  • None included. There will be limited interaction in the chat feature of the webinar-style program.
  • An optional, post-course consultation opportunity is available for an additional cost of $125. The critique includes a 15 minute Zoom consultation to discuss your submission. Writers may submit one full picture book manuscript, up to 1000 words. Please be sure your manuscript is 12 point font, and double-spaced. The cost of this optional course critique is $125.  Space is limited. Zoom consultations will be scheduled within 4 – 6 weeks of your submission. Details will be released on the night of the course for this optional paid critique.

WHY THIS WORKSHOP?

There are so many places writers go to get editorial feedback on a manuscript–agents, editors, critique groups, conferences. While there is a place for this valuable feedback, it is important to remember that YOU are your book’s first and most important editor.
Highlights Foundation logo. Picture Book Revision, a Two-Night Mini. Dec 6 + 8, 7pm-8:15pm Eastern. Photo of Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Photo of Anne Marie Pace.

What skills and tools do you need to revise your work? And, when the time comes, how do you respectfully address feedback that comes from others, while staying true to your artistic vision?

Join Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Anne Marie Pace for a webinar-style mini with:

  • an overview of effective self-revision tools and techniques,
  • strategies to process feedback while staying true to your story, and
  • strategies for reviewing revision letters from your editor or agent when you get to that point.

 

THIS MINI IS A GREAT FIT IF:

  • You have written a picture book but aren’t sure if it is submission-ready. This course will give you many revision tools to strengthen your manuscript.
  • You are ready to begin asking for feedback on your picture book manuscript(s). This course will help you understand how the right feedback can help your writing match your hopes.
  • You’re looking for a picture book workshop with a minimal time commitment. This mini course will let you keep developing craft skills without investing a lot of time, and help you pinpoint areas where you may want to invest more time when it comes to revision.
  • You’re looking for something short, sweet, and smart. This is not a full workshop; it is two, 75-minute session with limited engagement meant to provide an overview of picture book revision strategies.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

Night One: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm Eastern)

  • The Craft of Revision
  • Revising Solo: Self-Revision Tools and Techniques

Night Two: Thursday, December 8 (7pm-8:15pm Eastern)

  • Reviewing Revision Letters from Editors and Agents
  • Processing Professional Feedback While Staying True to Your Story
  • Q&A

Please note:
If you’re unable for any reason to attend either session, you’ll have access to the recordings (with closed captioning) through January 31, 2023.

HOW IT IMPACTS KIDS:

Picture books are a meaningful experience for young readers and listeners. With the revision tools learned in this course, you will be able to present your readers with the best version possible of your story.

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FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

“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.”

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

TWO PB REVISION COURSES:

We have two choices of picture book revision mini-courses this season! Which is right for you?
Comparing December's Picture Book Revision Options

Find out more about the Advanced Picture Book Revision Mini-Course here.

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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$59.00