Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart : A Working Retreat

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CREATING PICTURE BOOKS WITH HUMOR AND HEART: A WORKING RETREAT 2018 | NOVEMBER 8 – NOVEMBER 11, 2018

A writing-intensive workshop to prepare your picture book for submission.

Two award-winning, bestselling authors, Emily Jenkins and Elise Broach, and acclaimed picture book editor and publisher Christy Ottaviano (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt) will guide you through the process of creating funny, emotionally satisfying picture books that connect with young readers. Topics include:

Powerful beginnings and endings

Devising a compelling arc

Establishing a distinctive style/voice

Creating unique but relatable characters

Identifying your hook

Accessing your inner comedian

Using rhythm and repetition

Exploring the emotional lives of children

Revising for humor and heart

Attendees are asked to bring two complete picture book manuscripts of 1000 words or fewer, one for individual critique with a faculty mentor and one for workshopping with fellow students. Mornings will be structured around lectures and workshops; afternoons will be for writing and revising.

Faculty blog posts:

Emily Jenkins–3 Tips for Writing Funny Picture Books


Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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