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PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP/ROTTEN RALPH

PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP: Great Characters, smart story, well organized = Winning Picture Book! You Can Do This!

Jack Gantos

30 Minute Program

 

$350


In my Picture Book Writing Work-shop I address young writers on my beginning as a young writer. I stress such points as: journal writing, reading, drawing and positive creative writing habits. Depending on the age group, I may show pictures of my early rejected books, and explain how each is flawed. I show a second round of pictures and point out successful elements of great books by a wide range of authors and illustrators, and I read a Rotten Ralph book.

The greater part of my workshop for a group or individual would centers on "how to" create a new picture book. I explain how to first organize a professional sixteen-page picture book from the beginning, middle and end. We discuss the creation of characters. Then we discuss the location or setting of the book, and then tackle the theme or problem/situation. From there we work on writing the plot, keeping in mind how the action must advance, in the proper sequence, with our understanding of the characters along with the theme. Once we have created the plot we then work toward the crisis of the book. Then we examine the character's feelings and work to find an ending that satisfies the story problem and theme. Throughout this process I help the students/writers refine their ideas, so we link creation with organization to produce a well-structured story. Afterward, I stress the importance of rewriting the manuscript, and the essential relationship between writing good books and reading good books.
The goal of this program is geared toward using writing elements: characters, setting, plot/story.... into a picture book format which is professional in form.
Both visual and language skills are united in a picture book. Thank you. Jack

About the Author

Jack Gantos is the Newbery/Newbery Honor/Scott O’Dell/National Book Award author of over fifty-five books for young readers from the “Rotten Ralph” picture books, collections of upper elementary/middle-school “Jack Henry” short stories, and award-winning “Joey Pigza” and “Norvelt” novels, as well as young adult books including “Hole in my Life”—a Printz and Sibert award-winning memoir.

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