Children’s Book Writing One Day Intensive

I took a Children’s Book Writing class at Gotham Writers Workshop, where I am an intern this term, and wrote about my experience! It was fun and inspiring, and if I ever get this writing thing off the ground, I could definitely see myself writing a children’s book (young reader/chapter books or maybe YA. Somewhere around the Harry Potter/Hunger Games reading age I suppose). Check out my post and show some support for our still developing intern blog over at Gotham.

 

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Connie here!

I took a one day intensive on Children’s Book Writing taught by Michael Leviton and it was a great! I learned about children’s books and got some delicious hot chocolate.
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It was fun seeing how some aspects of writing children’s books remind me of screenwriting. Obviously storytelling in general follows similar patterns of introductions, inciting incidents, rising and falling actions, a climax, and a conclusion, but children’s books–specifically picture books–have some similarities with dramatic writing.

When writing a children’s book, you send a manuscript with the text under what page spread they will be on. For example, in the book “Mama” by Jeanette Winter, a baby fish looks for his mama. The only word in most of the book is “Mama.”

So:

[p4-5]

Mama!

Then, since they’re picture books, most of the story will be told through the illustrations, but those illustrations won’t come until after a publishing…

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