Writing A Picture Book Workshop

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Workshop, Authors & Books, Writing

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Program Description


ONLINE Writing A Picture Book
2 Week Workshop

Picture books for children are poems with pictures. They can be hysterically funny. They can bring a family memory to life. Maria Popova describes picture books as “stories that tackle with elegant simplicity such complexities as uncertainty, loneliness, loss, and the cycle of life.”

What makes a story one that children will love?  What are the components that blend and form the structure and beauty of a picture book story? 

In this two-week workshop, participants will explore word by word and image by image how one picture book is made. Please join author Terry Farish to explore the narrative components that help a picture book sing.

Terry will offer prompts and guidelines for participants to write their own picture book in Part I of the workshop. Part II is a Picture Book Writing Group in which participants are invited to share their picture books in progress and join in discussion about the group member's work. Discussion in the group is on based noting what's really alive in a story.

Registration is required.

Terry Farish is the author of many picture books. Her first is The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup, illlustrated by Barry Root, (Candlewick).  Her forthcoming picture book is A Feast for Joseph with OD Bonny, illustrated by Ken Daley. (Groundwood)

Terry has worked with the library on a number of projects, including National Novel Writing Month, and visits with her students from Rockingham County Adult Education each year.

More Info

This event will be held online on the Zoom platform. Questions or trouble connecting? Visit cityofportsmouth.com/library/news/onlineprograms.