Creating Picture Books (with Ruth Sanderson) - 8 Weeks
*If you'd like, you can hold your spot in the workshop with a $100 deposit. Let us know, and we will send you an invoice. The remaining balance is due a week before the first class.
Everyone can remember that special childhood picture book— a beloved story read over and over, the pictures examined and re-examined for details. This 8-week workshop by award-winning author/illustrator Ruth Sanderson outlines the fundamentals of writing picture books for children and learning to think visually as a picture book writer. You don’t need to be an illustrator to be a successful picture book author, but thinking like an artist should become second nature. (Artists who want to both write and illustrate are welcome too, of course.) Classes will include writing exercises and craft lectures as well as a close examination of published picture books and a discussion of what makes them work. Students will write a 100-600 word picture book manuscript and then create a book dummy with the text placed on the page, with the emphasis on pacing the story for appropriate page turns. Everyone will revise their story a number of times, learning, among other things, to cut text where the picture will show the action. The business of entering the children’s book market will be covered in the final class. Art supplies provided.
Ruth Sanderson is an author and illustrator with over 85 published children’s books. She is a graduate of the Paier College of Art. Among her many picture books for children are A Castle Full of Cats, The Enchanted Wood (winner of the Bank Street College Award and the Young Hoosiers Award), The Snow Princess, and The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring (winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award). She is currently working on writing and illustrating a picture book biography of nineteenth century artist Rosa Bonheur, and a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for young adults. Ruth teaches in the summer MFA program in Writing and Illustrating for Children at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She lives with her husband in Easthampton, MA. Her website is www.ruthsanderson.com
WHEN: Weekly on Wednesdays, March 6 - April 24 (6 - 9pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, Williamsburg MA