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ENRICH-0425 – Writing: Picture Books (ENRICH-0425_PICT)

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 as you develop an understanding of what makes a children’s picture book unique among other books for children. Learn how to critically evaluate existing picture books and understand why they work. Explore character development, story structure, language, rhythm and the relationship between words and pictures, which usually means fewer words from the writer! Then, under Vega’s guidance, generate ideas for your own story and begin writing and revising as you give and receive light feedback in a supportive 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 process. Feel free to have your own children’s picture books on hand to use with in-class exercises (preferably books that have been published in the last three years.) By the end of class, you’ll have the beginning of, or perhaps even a completed, story and skills to critically evaluate your own future work.

Four Zoom sessions
Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

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 (a Crystal Kite winner) and Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?, which won the Colorado Book Award for Children’s Literature.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 4Waitlist Places Left: 5Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday7th October 202028th October 202006:30PM - 08:30PMN/ADenise Vega