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Rhymes with Reason 2014 | April 11 – April 13

Madeline, Time for Bed, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?…Rhyming picture books are and always have been among the most popular choices for young readers. Yet publishers often say that they’re not interested in seeing rhyming manuscripts. Why? Because the manuscripts they receive are almost universally of poor quality—replete with forced rhyme, awkward rhythm, and little regard for the importance of story. At this workshop, we’ll examine some stellar rhyming picture books and show why they’re successful. At the same time, we’ll discuss the tools of the trade: rhyme, meter, and narrative line. Learn how mastery of technique can go a long way toward making your rhyming manuscript stand out from the crowd.

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