Writing the Rainbow: Crafting Picture Books With LGBTQ+ Themes 2019
- Highlights Foundation
- Oct 27 - 30, 2019 (4 days)
- $1,099.00 - Program Price
About This Event
Picture books bring the world into the hands of young readers. The world we would like them to see (and in which we would like to exist) celebrates all of us as individuals, families, and communities. In many ways we are different, and in many ways we are alike. Our diversity is our beauty and our strength.
Picture books that feature LGBTQ+ topics, heroes, characters, families, and experiences can be a source of comfort to many children as well as a chance to promote respect, acceptance, and the celebration of diversity. Join workshop leaders Lesléa Newman and Rob Sanders, along with special guests, for an immersive experience in creating LGBTQ+ themed fiction and nonfiction picture books for today’s market.
What You’ll Learn
Understand the needs of the diverse LGBTQ+ community
Discover the importance of mirrors and windows in children’s books
Analyze current and historical picture books with LGBTQ+ themes and topics
Identify topics that need to be addressed in LGBTQ+ themed picture books
Explore tools of storytelling for both fiction and nonfiction picture books
Examine how to turn story ideas into books that children will love
Learn tools for revision
Hear from an editor about the submission process and LBGTQ+ needs in the market
Receive critique on a full picture book manuscript
Who Should Attend
This workshop is open to all writers and illustrators of all levels.
Afternooon: arrival and check in.
Evening: Hors d’oeuvres and dinner.
After dinner: Introductions.
Workshops, lectures & one-to-one critiques.
Editor Q&A, lectures & one-to-one critiques.
Morning: Wrap-up, faculty Q&A.
Afternoon: Lunch and farewell.
Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mill Press.
Lesléa Newman’s websites: (contact info blocked) and (contact info blocked).
Rob Sanders’ website: (contact info blocked).
The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books (just for fun!)
Trans kids’ book Julian is a Mermaid is winning hearts and awards
This is a new program, so we have no testimonials yet.