Writing Picture Book Biographies 2019
- Highlights Foundation
- Oct 2 - 5, 2019 (4 days)
- $1,099.00 - Program Price
About This Event
Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads.
A good biography fuels a story with research. It brings subjects to life through accuracy and authenticity. A well-told true story can inspire, delight, teach, and enthrall: kids are realizing that nonfiction can read with the same page-turning momentum as great fiction. In this workshop, you’ll explore the fundamentals of writing biographies for children.
What You’ll Learn
In this workshop, you will learn answers to these questions:
How do you select a biographical subject?
How do you tell a true story that is calling to you?
What makes this particular life worth writing about?
Will this person’s life make a good story for children?
What can be accomplished within the short form of a picture book biography?
What are some tips and tools for researching your subject?
How do you take a mountain of research and carve a storyline through it?
How do you create tension and keep readers turning the page?
How can fiction writing techniques enrich a picture book biography?
What are the publishers and markets for picture book biographies?
Who Should Attend
Beginning or intermediate authors or author/illustrators who want to learn, or strengthen, techniques for writing compelling picture book biographies.
Anyone who is fascinated with a potential biographical subject, feels that children would be interested in their story, and would like to discover the best way to tell that story.
Storytellers who would benefit from one-to-one critique sessions with mentors working in the field of picture book biography.
This workshop features:
Faculty lectures and breakout sessions on craft and markets.
One-to-one critique sessions with faculty mentors.
Writing exercises and free writing time.
Time for informal discussion with faculty and industry special guests.
True Storytelling: Tod Olson and Leda Schubert in Conversation
Don Tate: Get it Right with Research
Don Tate: Illustrating Lonnie Johnson’s story, Whoosh!
Don Tate: “Whoosh!” Research and texting with Lonnie Johnson
Donna Janell Bowman’s website
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