SOLD OUT! Session #1—Six-Week Online Intensive—Writing Picture Book Biographies from the Inside Out

Dates: May 9, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14

Times: 4pm-6pm CDT—Sundays except for May 9

Class Size Limit: 15

Class Level: All levels

Tuition: $395

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SOLD OUT! ** A second offering of the picture book bio class will be available during summer 2020. Click the contact button above to be added to the notification list.

The best picture book biographies are constructed with subtle layers that are stitched together to form a three-dimensional snapshot of a subject’s life. After spending months or years in research, collecting facts and details about their subject, how does an author transform those raw materials into a layered narrative? In this six-week online class, we will embark on an introspective and pragmatic deep-dive into writing picture book biographies from the inside out—from choosing a tight focus and point-of-view to zeroing in on the best structure, thematic throughline, and voice to create your storytelling intention. Throughout the class, you will be challenged with open-ended questions designed to help you find clarity about the story you want to tell.

My own writing and publishing journey began with a years-long apprenticeship of self-study, followed by formal study for an MFA in Writing from VCFA, during which I focused my critical thesis on picture book biographies. I owe all of my publishing success to the study of craft and sheer determination. I look forward to being a part of your journey, too.

This course is appropriate for all experience levels but especially meaningful for intermediate writers who have a picture book biography subject in mind.

In this intensive class, we will cover:

  • How to analyze mentor texts
  • Your connection to your character
  • Determining if your subject is marketable
  • Angle/focus
  • Point of view and perspective
  • Theme (the heart of your story)
  • Character development
  • Narrative arc
  • Voice
  • Structure (there are so many great options!)
  • Research & organization
  • Backmatter
  • The various ages of picture book readers

Class recordings will be available to registered students for two weeks after each session

BONUS #1 — If the schedule allows, guest author(s) will join us for Q&A sessions

BONUS #2— To facilitate ongoing conversation and to create a community of like-minded colleagues, class attendees will be invited to a private Facebook group

BONUS #3 — At the end of the 6-week class, you will have the opportunity to purchase an individual critique from me at a discounted rate.

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