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ENRICH-0309 – Writing: Picture Books (ENRICH-0309_BOOK)

Writing Children’s Picture Books: Learn the Craft

How many times have you read a children’s picture book and thought, “This is so short and simple! How hard could it be to write one?” That’s exactly what award-winning children’s book author Denise Vega thought—until she tried. Now she knows the answer to that naïve question: very hard. Join Vega as she explores the art and craft of writing a good picture book. Learn how to critically evaluate existing picture books and understand why they work. Explore character development, story structure, language and rhythm. Then, under Vega’s guidance, generate ideas for your own story, begin writing and revising as you give and receive light feedback in a supportive classroom setting. Vega leads entertaining discussions about some of her favorite children’s books and authors, and provides handouts and worksheets to guide you in your own process. Prior to class, students will receive a short article to read and an easy assignment. Come to the first class with your own favorite children’s picture books … and even those that you can’t believe were published! By the end of class, you’ll have the beginning of or perhaps even a completed manuscript and skills to critically evaluate your own future work.

Four sessions
Tue., 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019
Location: Room 333, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Denise Vega is the award-winning author of seven books for children, including her 2017 picture book, If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora and Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?, which won the Colorado Book Award for Children’s Literature.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 10Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday8th October 201929th October 201906:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallDenise Vega