I’ll read one of my picture books (your choice) and share how passion, perseverance and perspiration helped bring my books from idea to publication. Often, people don't realize all that goes into creating a picture book so, I'll give a behind-the-scenes look.
If you dream of being a picture book author but don’t know where to start – or where to go next – let's talk! We’ll have an open conversation focused on anything you’d like to know about writing and publishing picture books.
"Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble" will be featured on PBS's CampTV this summer! Meet the author & Illustrator of this popular series who will read you these award winning picture books and tell you about the inspiration behind the books.
Over the years, I've set up my illustration studio in spaces of all sizes and have learned a few basic rules along the way. The last thing you need is to stifle your creative output with an inefficient space. Let's talk about how to create a working environment that works best for you.
Melissa Stoller will read the picture book, READY, SET, GORILLA! and discuss using wordplay and puns in writing. Children will leave with several of their own word play words ready for use in their stories.
How do you make the cover? How did you get the pictures? How many revisions did you have to do? Young readers always have so many questions about the book publishing process. I'll give a quick overview with lots of time for participants to ask their own questions.
Let's draw! Award winning author and Illustrator Ryan Estrada has drawn Garfield, Popeye, Star Trek, Flash Gordon, and now he's going to draw with you! Grab some paper and pens! We'll play some illustration games and have a lot of fun!
Ellen will use A FLOOD OF KINDNESS as well as other books as a jumping-off point for activities, discussion, and a bit of writing on inclusion, kindness, and understanding. All programs are designed for specific grade levels.
How does a troll goal become a story? From first draft to finished product, I’ll give you all the goods on the making of a picture book. Program includes plenty of writing tips for young (and not-so-young) creators.
Learn how to blend fact and fiction with a dose of humor with best-selling picture book author Stef Wade. Just as in her books A PLACE FOR PLUTO and THE VERY LAST LEAF, you will learn how to write a fiction book with non-fiction elements through a variety of brainstorming and writing exercises.
Have you ever wondered where an author gets their ideas from? In this program, I'll let you in on a little secret... Ideas are everywhere! Bring a blank notebook and we will create a Writer's Notebook to capture them in.
The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor tells the story of the odd, bird-loving author from Georgia. In this program, I will take you inside the book and inside the O'Connor archives, so you will get a rare glimpse at Flannery's childhood work. And finally, I will demonstrate several methods for making little books yourself, just as she did, and…
Lee has talked with thousands and thousands of children and young adults over the course of her 35+ year career. The #1 question she's been asked thousands and thousands of times is: "Where do you get your ideas?" In this program, Lee will discuss how to get great ideas from one's own life (even if you think your life is BOR-ring!) and how to turn…
Haiku is not just the world’s shortest poetry...or a unique part of Japanese culture...or even a school lesson about syllables. Haiku is also cat-like (compact, elegant, speaking volumes in a few choice ‘meows’)...and learning to write it will help you spy, pounce, and capture the ordinary moments of your day and turn them into something…
Creating a fractured fairy tale is some of the MOST fun a writer can have. Join April Jones Prince, author of Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates, to learn tips and tricks for creating your very own fairy tale adventure. Jump on board, my hearties!
How do writers make their stories sing? With details, of course! Author April Jones Prince shares five fun strategies to help you add sizzle and spice to your writing. Find your favorite pen or pencil and let's jump into the writing playground!
**COMING SOON** What is a Character Arc? Why do we need one? J A Browne leads you through her flagship workshop where you'll learn how to plot, in detail, the "seasons" of the character. Each "season" is a phase of the character's journey. You'll learn how to handle minor characters, how your villain (antagonist) impacts the story and how the…
Each of you have stories to tell or write or draw, so let’s get started! Through word games from Marsha’s popular “Funshops” we will get warmed up. Then Marsha will read one of her stories, provide story prompts for a magical story of your own, and share her much-loved Storymagician Chant.
Story Detectives look at life and find stories. Writers ages 8-14 are invited to join award-winning author, Alice B. McGinty for this fun, interactive program to find out how they can be story detectives too.
Writers ages 8-12, it's time to BREAK THE RULES! From outrageous characters and silly situations to pure nonsense, join award-winning author Alice B. McGinty to explore humor in writing and learn how to make your writing funny.
Join me in this author visit as I cook up some fun for your class or homeschooling group. I'll put on my chef costume and grab my stew pot to explain the book-making process from author's idea to bookstore shelf.
Writing an ending that is "surprising yet inevitable" is difficult, but possible. There are ways to craft shocking but useful plot twists and bring stories to powerful ends. Learn about them in this program.
Virtually meet the illustrator of Georgia ABC's: A Finding Milo Book, written by Chris Jespersen and illustrated by Josie Toney. Georgia ABC's is the first in a series of alphabet books featuring the state's plants, animals, cities and landmarks. Readers can have fun finding Milo, the curious and sometimes hiding dog.
R.M. Romero will share an excerpt from her historical fantasy, THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKÓW, and talk about real history that inspired her to write her novel about friendship, war and hope during World War II.
Do you believe aliens exist somewhere in outer space? Would you like to run a short fun story about aliens? Author Ian C Douglas makes up aliens for his books: Martians, cosmic monsters, strange robots. Join Ian and talk about what aliens might be like. Write a short story about aliens.
Magical creatures, mythical beasts, and monsters. We love them! But what should you consider when inventing them for your stories? And why?
Ian talks you through some of the key ideas and at the end you can draw your creature!
Ian C Douglas came to writing after ten years in education. He has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) and runs creative writing workshops for both adults and children. He mentors emerging writers one-to-one. This session is a relaxed Q&A when Ian will talk about his writing practice and take questions.
Students will see the process of creating a book from the spark of inspiration to the final bound pages. They'll learn how author's purpose and point of view, characterization, setting, conflict, story arc, and more play out, as well as prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.
If you have burning questions about STICKS & STONES, BUBBLES, and/or FRIEND OR FICTION and/or would like to understand more about the writing and/or revision process for any/all of my novels, this program is for you!
This entertaining and educational school visit presentation for grades K–2 reinforces early literacy skills, touches on nonfiction and fiction writing, and inspires students’ imaginations. “Life Cycle of a Picture Book” shares the author’s writing process, childhood, and steps a story takes from idea to publication.
Have you been told writing is a terrible career choice? I waited years before deciding to take it seriously. We'll discuss different paths you can take to become a writer as well exploring other authors and ways to keep you motivated.
Learn to create dynamic characters for comics! What makes a character stand out? We'll explore the details that bring a character to life, talk through different techniques we can use in comics and visual storytelling and try our hand at creating a mini comic using our invented character.
Structured around mythology and The Hero's Journey, I talk about the importance of goal setting (and sticking to those goals!), facing fears, and getting back up after failure to try again and again until success is achieved. I also discuss the writing process, from ideas to revisions, from rejections to publication. For kids who are interested in…
Learn how to use the five senses in your writing to bring it alive. Go from "telling" to "showing."
Note: Students will need a glass of something to drink – touch the glass; see the glass; taste the beverage; hear the sound it makes when you’re drinking or setting it down; smell the beverage
What if you could invent your very own state? Would you have sunny skies or pristine snow? And what about food? Could you grow apples that taste like...donuts? Your curious kid and I will enjoy a lively conversation about what makes a good community and create a map to go with it.
Q) True or False: The world's fastest flyer is NOT the peregrine falcon. A) Your animal-lovers will tell you once they sort of the clues to find out the answer to this...while connecting animal anatomy to their own. Extra fun in this an expanded 45-minute visit.
What happens if you put hawk wings on a cheetah? Your animal-lover will discover what types of wings lead to certain types of flight, what types of bones go with what types of behavior and use all this knowledge to invent their very own animal. A super silly time.
Who has wrinkly skin, stands while they sleep, and has the heaviest bone in the world? Animals lovers ages 4-8 will learn how much bones can tell you about an animal while showing off their guessing and drawing skills.
Join me, your Fairy Godmother, as we discuss our favorite fairy tales before mixing them up—on purpose! We’ll choose characters from giants, to big bad wolves, to dwarves, to witches, to boys and girls and everything in between. We’ll also choose the magic! Let’s go on a journey into a fantasy world as we wave our wands and sprinkle some fairy dust…
Let’s focus on you!!! Aiming to write a memoir? You are the star! In this writing workshop, author Doe Boyle offers a fresh and fun super-hero approach to first-person narrative. We'll save the day together in this group workshop for up to 10 attendees.
Creating a strong, believable character that readers care about is the number one determinant of a good story. As a former professional actress, writing instructor and author of award-winning juvenile novels, I’ll share simple acting techniques to create stronger nad more interesting and believable characters. These techniques will guide you in…
Do bad people or events ruin your day? Ruin your life? Join Carol L. Paur as she shows you how she takes bad experiences to create her stories. You’ll also brainstorm with Carol to learn how to recycle your own negative situations and turn them into great books, plays, or movies.
From giving a giraffe a back scratch to dancing in toilet paper to revising, students come to learn that their writing process isn't much different from mine. We're ALL authors! (This program is intended for school groups.)
Authors of over 130 books, Dave and Neta Jackson have taught writing seminars to young people all over the United States as well as in China and Canada. This is your chance to get tips on how you might become an author, too.
Staring at a blank page or not knowing how to revise the words you DO have can panic anyone. Yes, ANYONE! It's like staring into a dragon's mouth. But don't worry, we're going to have fun while we slay that dragon together.
Life can be stranger than fiction! Our lives are filled with ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Remember, elaborating isn't lying. IT'S FICTION! Paper, pencil, and a sense of excitement are the only requirements.
Take a deep dive into research. Writing fiction and non-fiction stories involves researching - to add details to plot, characters, and setting. Learn helpful research techniques and know when it's time to stop researching and start writing!
No matter what your story is, it's worth telling! After twenty years of writing and recently partnering with her Rwandan coauthor, Rebeka Uwitzonze, to tell her inspiring story of travel from Rwanda, Africa to the US at age 9 for surgeries on her club feet, Meredith Davis is excited to help you tell your own LIFE story.
Writing for animation has some similarities and some differences to writing for a book. I have experience in both and would love to take you through the steps to prepare you for developing an animated film.
Have you ever wanted to talk with a professional writer about a story or a book idea that you're working on, and learn ways to take your writing to the next level? Todd Mitchell has helped hundreds of writers develop their stories and books, and get them published. You can talk with him to solve problems, learn about next steps to take, and get…
In the Beautiful Books: How A Children's Picture Book is Made presentation (Grades K-8) students will get an in-depth look at how a children's book is made and see photos of the actual storyboards used in the making of Priceless Penny.
Sometimes the scariest monster a young writer will face is a blank white page. Other times, it's just as intimidating to take on revisions. This is an opportunity to connect with Beth and tackle those tough moments together. She'll remind writers of the power in storytelling and give them the boost they need to take on all its thorniest steps.
Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!
I am in the proces of writing and illustrating another book which I would like to share with you. Would you like to participate in the same process; to write and illustrate your story? Bring along an idea, some paper and whatever you want to use to draw with and we can work together to create your story.
...is not how to write it. What am I talking about? Although it's true one needs to understand grammar, spelling, meter, and all that other "poetry stuff" they teach you in school, the MOST important thing about writing poetry has nothing to do with the craft of writing it. (Or does it?)
Think it's easy to create a picture book? Well, it's not - but it IS a lot of fun! Using my picture book "Flashlight Night" as a foundation, I will share how a manuscript is conceived, written, and revised; how an illustrator approaches the project; and the role editors play in pulling it all together!
Ready...Set...YET! You may not be able to do it YET--but with patience and practice you will! Author Maryann Cocca-Leffler will read her new inspirational book, and share how this book and character were developed!
Sarah draws inspiration for her novels from real life, contemporary issues, especially around how technology has changed the lives of young people for better - and worse. In this program, she encourages students to observe current events and technology and brainstorm what ifs - the building block of any story.
From the germ of an idea to writing a meaningful story. I would like to help you develop your idea into the story you want to tell. Bring your idea/s, some paper, pencils or ipad and we will work together to make a great story!
Ticking time bombs, laughing pillows and a magic wand are in my writing tool belt! Let's fill yours up so you'll never have to pull your hair out while writing. And we'll be writing so bring paper and writing tool.
Kevin shares stories from his middle grade books, including MINRs, the Neil Flambé Capers, The Hockey Super-Six and more. AND he shares some tips to help kids find their own style for drawing cartoons.
Are you curious about poems or do you know nothing about them? Whether you're intimidated or intrigued, I invite you to learn about some of the fun forms of poetry and try your hand at creating poems. It's easier than you think!
Is your child interested in the search for legendary animals that might be real like Bigfoot and The Loch Ness Monster? Join Lija Fisher, children's book author and Bigfoot Conference speaker, as she shares tidbits about these mysterious creatures and how some animals of myth and legend have already been found! After, kids will create and draw…
Meet illustrator, Shanda McCloskey! First, she'll read Fire Truck vs. Dragon (written by Chris Barton), then teach you (step-by-step) how to draw FIRE TRUCK from the story! Shanda also welcomes conversation and questions.
Meet illustrator, Shanda McCloskey! First, she'll read Fire Truck vs. Dragon (written by Chris Barton), then teach you (step-by-step) how to draw DRAGON from the story! Shanda also loves conversation and questions.
How do you find ideas for your stories? Let's explore together! What happens next with a good idea? Crafting a story is a process where each step is important, but it could also be a bit tricky. Not to worry -- we can make each element of a good story fun and easy to follow!
Eloise. Olivia. Ramona. Harry. Many kids would say that some of their best friends are the beloved characters they meet in books. But how do authors create these iconic characters? Award-winning author Laurie Friedman explains it all in this interactive session, and teaches participants how to make character webs that they can use as a blueprint…
In this hands-on session, participants will create their own writer's baskets filled with ideas to spur inspiration and creativity when writing their own stories.
Supplies needed include: Blank notecards, pencils, markers, magazines, scissors, a few favorite photos and a small basket for each participant
This programme is for anyone who wants a little bit of everything! You’ll get to meet Camilla, listen to a storytelling of one of her three books, take part in a short, story building workshop and have your questions answered.