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4 Course - Studying Picture-Book Success Class with Editor Julie Bliven

What has worked in published picture books and why?

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“Studying Picture-Book Success” is 4 courses on writing picture books. (Limited enrollment)

Four Courses - The goal for this course is to look at what has worked in published picture books and why. Julie will share before and after examples of books she has edited, as she did in the "Peeling Back the Picture Book" webinar.

Here’s the class structure:

FIRST COURSE: “Smart Beginnings.” We look at beginnings that work and discuss key elements to the successful entry to a picture book.

Complete and ready to review online 24/7.

SECOND COURSE: “Character-shaping Language.” We look at voice and language in successful picture books and how careful choices reveal the most memorable, satisfying characters.

>>> Meeting tonight, July 18th at 8-9:30pm EST

THIRD COURSE: “Farmers' Market Selective & Careful Pacing.” We examine both "being farmers' market selective' and active pacing in picture books.

July 19th at 8-9:30pm EST.

FOURTH COURSE: “Awareness of Art Form.” This is where we’d talk about how the picture book is a special format, beyond the text initially written and edited, and how awareness of format and illustrations, etc. is important.

To be scheduled: Megan Lambert will join us for this and discuss READING PICTURE BOOKS WITH CHILDREN! Available now: Take a Peek on Amazon.

In this course will turn to a Q & A with Megan as Julie will ask her questions about why understanding the form matters and ask questions that link back to what we’ve covered to help you pull all the information shared in the course into your own writing.

Participants may submit questions to us in advance of these last two sessions, and Julie will choose some to discuss.

Plus, you will be able to submit one manuscript to her through KidLit College after this course ends.

Register now to join us!

More About Julie Bliven

Julie Bliven is editor at Charlesbridge, where she edits fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. She has worked with authors such as Anne Sibley O’Brien, Steve Jenkins, Peter and Paul Reynolds, and JaNay Brown-Wood. Julie holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, mentors writers in the college’s M.F.A. program, and has taught writing courses at the Jewish Community Center of Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative.

Julie Bliven is looking for contemporary, realistic middle-grade novels—she particularly enjoys themes of female friendships, sports, and/or socio-economic disparity. She’s also looking for nature nonfiction picture books that use innovative narrative structure, fiction picture books with hooks for the classroom, and unique biographies that are not cradle-to-grave.

Think you may miss a day?

All courses will record and post for your replay and review.

Questions, email Jodell at KidLitCollege.org.

Members 2018 take 10% off.


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