Getting To Know Your Rhyming Picture Book Online Course (Sept 23-Oct 21) Plus Onsite Retreat (Nov 7-10) 2019

About This Event

Overview

Give your picture book the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a guided writing retreat.

Have you already written one or more rhyming picture book stories but aren’t sure what to do next? Have you heard that rhyming picture books don’t sell? Or received feedback that calls your rhyme “forced?” Join this unique program in which participants will workshop their picture books in a creative and encouraging environment.

The workshop has 3 parts:

Part 1: Weekly Sessions in a Web Classroom

September 23-October 14

You’ll participate in online discussions, read lectures, watch videos and complete writing exercises.

Part 2: Revisions, Skype and Phone Consultations

October 15-28

You’ll apply all you learned in Part 1 to your picture book, and have Skype and phone consultations with faculty. Submissions for critique at the Onsite Retreat will be due on October 28.

Part 3: In-person Workshop at our Retreat Center

November 7-10

You’ll bring your picture book to our Retreat Center for lectures, writing exercises and a critique with faculty, including an editor or agent consultation.

Find more details in the “Agenda” section.

What You’ll Learn

Study and deconstruct lyrical picture books.

Learn the differences between poetry, prose and picture books.

Look at the intersection of plot and rhyme.

Find ways to deepen your understanding of picture book pacing, structure and format, character and story arc.

Discover when rhyme works in a story and when it might not work.

Discover how to find your own voice.

Understand how character and rhyme go together in your story.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with a complete or in-progress picture book who would benefit from workshopping it with our mentor team.

Anyone who would like to investigate rhyming picture books

Agenda

Part 1: Weekly Sessions in a Web Classroom

September 23-October 14

You’ll attend weekly sessions in a web classroom. You will:

Look at the intersection of plot and rhyme.

Find ways to deepen your understanding of picture book pacing, structure and format, character and story arc.

Discover when rhyme works in a story and when it might not work.

Discover how to find your own voice.

Understand how character and rhyme go together in your story.

Participate in online discussions.

Complete writing exercises, hear lectures and watch videos.

Part 1 Notes

You can participate in the web classroom at your leisure – no need to attend at a specific time.

During the online portion, you will be encouraged to read from a selection of picture books. Access to a public library or good children’s bookstore will greatly enhance workshop benefits.

Part 2: Revisions, Skype and Phone Consultations

October 15-28

You’ll apply all you learned in Part 1 to your picture book, and have Skype and phone consultations with faculty. Submissions for critique at the Onsite Retreat will be due on October 28.

Part 2 Notes:

You will have a Skype or phone consultation with faculty.

By October 28, you will submit your picture book manuscript or picture book mock-up/dummy so that faculty can get ready for your in-person critique.

Part 3: In-person Workshop at our Retreat Center

November 7-10

Bring your picture book dummy to our Retreat Center, where you will hear lectures, complete writing exercises and get faculty feedback on your picture book.

Part 3 Notes:

There will be lectures, writing exercises, free writing time and faculty critiques.

You will receive an editor or agent consultation on your manuscript.

Resources

Kidlit411 Spotlight: Diana Murray

Tara Lazar’s website and blog

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