Locating the Pulse in Children’s Picture Books (with Sarah Sadie Busse) Weekend Workshops June 24-25

Oh the elusive perfect picture book! We want our picture books for children to be accessible to young readers yet appealing to the adults who are reading them, fresh yet somehow familiar, and interesting enough to be unforgettable. In other words, we want to find the pulse of the story, where it connects to its heart. What is it about this story that makes it feel ‘alive’ to readers? Maya Angelou has said, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” ‘Heart’ is how we feel.

Fiction & Fairy Tale Weekend Workshops July 8-9

The short story has its origins in the world of fairy tales—the form often relegated to the realms of children despite its darkness. Fairy tales are some of the first “stories” we know, and the plots and characters are touchstones, instantly recognizable down to the lost slipper or the poison spindle. This familiarity makes these stories ripe for reinterpretation, recycling, retelling. But it’s not only fairy tale plots that are useful tools for the fiction writer; aspects of fairy tale craft heighten reality and add intrigue.

Locating the Pulse in Children’s Picture Books (with Jacqueline Briggs Martin) Weekend Workshops June 24-25

Oh the elusive perfect picture book! We want our picture books for children to be accessible to young readers yet appealing to the adults who are reading them, fresh yet somehow familiar, and interesting enough to be unforgettable. In other words, we want to find the pulse of the story, where it connects to its heart. What is it about this story that makes it feel ‘alive’ to readers? Maya Angelou has said, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” ‘Heart’ is how we feel.

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