Picture Book Biography Classes

Option #1  Coming June 9, 2018  Full-day Picture Book Biography Workshop for Southwest TX SCBWI (San Antonio).
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Class description:  Through examining model texts, the ins and outs of research, how to find a focus and finally, how to develop a text, you’ll come away ready to tackle your own project!

The workshop will focus primarily on biography, with added tips for those interested in other types of nonfiction picture books. Come with a project already underway or the inkling of an idea. Or just come to witness a master teacher who has devoted her graduate research to this very topic! You won’t want to miss this one!

Option #2 Coming July 1-August 5, 2018  6-Week Intensive Online Class – Writing Picture Book Biographies, facilitated through a Zoom virtual classroom.  Register by June 20, 2018. Pay via PayPal below or contact me for other payment options.
*NOTE: Temporary recordings will be available for those on vacation, etc.

If you’re ready for more in-depth instruction in writing picture book biographies, this is the course for you. I studied the writing craft, and the unique considerations of picture book biographies, long before my first books were acquired and before I pursued an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I even focused my critical thesis on creative approaches to picture book biographies and the often-blurry nonfiction line. Now, I am the proud author of many books for young readers, including the award-winning Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee and Low, 2016), the newly-released Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words, illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Peachtree, 2018), the forthcoming King of the Tightrope, illustrated by Adam Gustavson (Peachtree, 2019), and others in the works. You can learn more about my books here. And you can learn more about my critique services here.

In this 6-week interactive class, we will examine the practical and creative components of successful narrative picture book biographies. 
Upper elementary vs. lower elementary audiences
How to analyze mentor texts
Narrative vs. expository nonfiction
Research sources
Point of view options
Linear vs. non-linear structures
Revision checklist
The nonfiction/fiction threshold
How picture book biographies are classified by the Library of Congress, publishers, and award committees

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Summer ’18 picture book bio class & critique option

Testimonials from former students

“I was wise to take a summer class with the talented Donna Bowman. During it, I labored, persisted, stretched and cried a little. If you want to grow and learn, please take any class with Donna. You will be forever changed and inspired.”   —Wendi W.
“Taking Donna’s course was just what I needed to gain confidence in my writing and join a writing community.  She is an expert on picture book writing and shares her knowledge so generously with all of her students.” –Susan H.
“I got SO MUCH out of this class! I loved the depth of insight you presented and feel that it worked on so many levels – simple enough for beginners, but complex enough for those further along on their writing journey.” — Gayleen R.
It was a great gift to myself attending your class. I enjoyed your teaching style and the input from classmates. It was excellent!” –Tracy V.