NOTE: GET MINI WORKSHOP PLUS THE REST OF THE DAY for only $110! The Mini Workshops at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, 2015, offer a small critique-group setting for writers and illustrators with the same intense, hands-on experience as the week-long morning workshop, but with a different teacher, different topic, every morning for four hours. Sign up for one day or all five!
MONDAY, June 15th, 8:30-12:30
with Guy Francis
This workshop will cover everything you need to know about illustrating picture books from design basics to advanced tips and techniques. We will cover the best ways tell and layout a story through thumbnails, roughs, sketches and final artwork and will learn how to take your story from an idea to a dummy book and to publication. Whatever your skill level this will be a fun hands-on experience where you can get the tools and answers you need to take your own book ideas one step closer to becoming a reality. Class size: 20
TUESDAY, June 16th, 8:30-12:30
Title Your Life: Writing Memoir for Young Readers
with Emily Wing Smith
We’ll do more than title our lives in this class. The world of memoir is gaining popularity–for all ages. Our class will concentrate on how to best tell our own stories, and how to be creative while telling the truth. Class size: 20
WEDNESDAY, June 17th, 8:30-12:30
Writing Romance in a YA Novel
with Sarah M. Eden
Class Description: No matter what genre you write, there’s a good chance your plot contains some type of romance. Every well-crafted romantic plot line is built on three essential elements, without which the love story falls flat. There is a science to the art of crafting a compelling, emotionally charged, and satisfying romance that hits these three crucial notes.
- the three essential elements of romance
- the crucial moments that cannot be skipped over or left out of any romantic plot line
- how these elements influence and shape the larger plot arc
- the characteristics needed to craft a romance your YA readers will fall in love with
THURSDAY, June 18th, 8:30-12:30
Writing the Mystery Novel
with Matt Kirby
Whodunit is the Least Interesting Question: In this presentation, Matt will talk about writing in the Mystery genre, drawing from what he learned writing Icefall, which won the Edgar Award (given by the Mystery Writers of America). Mysteries are about more than clues, suspects, and a detective who sorts them all out. Rather, mysteries speak to our deep need for order and meaning. Unlike the game, the questions of who, and where, and with what weapon are not nearly as interesting as why. Matt will provide attendees with some concrete strategies for taking their mysteries to the next level, and help those writing in other genres to add a little mystery to their stories. Class size: 20
FRIDAY, June 19th, 8:30-12:30
Writing the Series
with Cheri Pray Earl
The objective of the series workshop, besides to have fun and laugh a lot, is to learn how to write a series for children. The End. Writing a series is different in several ways from writing a single novel, so we’ll spend the four hours learning those differences. But we’ll also learn how to write well–which is why we’ll start our class online a month before the conference begins. Yes, this workshop is for over achievers (you know who you are). Below is a short list of my expectations for the class and for you.
Class size: 20
There will be no refunds after April 30th. If you cancel before this date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 20% administration fee.