January 21, 2019–April 29, 2019
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Picture Book Master Class
Children need stories, and our society needs its children to develop both a love of reading and a deep empathy for others. If you love writing picture books, have manuscripts underway, and are ready to be immersed in the complex world of picture book craft, this class is for you.
We'll study diverse and award-winning mentor texts for the youngest readers by authors such as Lauren Castillo, Jacqueline Woodson, Suzy Lee, Joyce Sidman, Matt de la Pena, Margarita Engle, Phyllis Root, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Bao Phi, Javaka Steptoe, and many more. We'll write together from prompts, revise with rigorous exercises, and critique your manuscripts in a supportive large group setting. Visiting illustrators will speak about their work, and you'll get a chance to ask all your questions about submissions and the publishing process.
You'll leave the class with polished manuscripts, a critical approach to reading picture books, knowledge of the industry, and critique skills that will help you run a productive writing group. Enrollment capped at 12 students.
Picture Book Master class will NOT meet on Feb 4, March 4, or April 1. Students may choose to attend Picture Book Salon on those dates (a free, public community event hosted by Molly Beth Griffin on first-Mondays), in addition to our 12 regular class sessions.