How to Write Picture Books That Children Will Love
Dates: 4 Wednesdays, Jan. 16 - Feb. 6
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Instructor: Monica Wesolowska
As anyone who’s ever tried to write a picture book knows, it’s harder than it looks—and therein lies the subversively simple power of this essential genre. The picture book industry is currently blossoming with innovative new books every day. That’s good news for children. For writers, that may make the task of getting your own work noticed seem daunting.
In this class, we’ll start by covering some of the basic rules for writing successful picture book texts. Deriving inspiration from other great writers, we’ll start crafting drafts. Each week, you'll receive helpful feedback on those drafts. By the end of four weeks, you should have not only several drafts but solid ideas on how to get your picture books into the hands of the children who will love them.
Monica Wesolowska, author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, has a debut children’s picture book (Leo Plus Lea, illustrated by Kenard Pak) forthcoming from Scholastic. In addition, she publishes fiction and essays in a wide variety of venues including The New York Times.
A former fellow at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, Monica has been teaching writing at UC Berkeley Extension, Stanford Continuing Studies, and elsewhere for fifteen years, as well as working with clients as an independent editor.
More about Monica: www.monicawesolowska.com