Published picture book writers Andrea Zimmerman and Sarah Tomp will guide participants as they tap into their inner child in order to write stories for children that are well structured and engaging.
Using popular contemporary and classic picture books, they will guide participants as they:
Examine the four plot types found in picture books.
Discover how to create compelling characters that appeal to children.
Explore and develop tools to write and revise the best stories for kids
This workshop will be a lively mix of discussion, small group activities and individual creation. Participants will use storyboarding techniques to create a first draft of a picture book. The workshop will also provide resources for further enrichment.
Andrea Zimmerman is a children’s book author who has written, and sometimes illustrated, more than a dozen books for young children including Trashy Town and Digger Man. Her books include fiction and nonfiction picture books. She is a longtime member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators where she has done mentoring and given workshops. She teaches “Writing Children’s Picture Books” at UCSD Extension. andreaanddavid.com
Sarah Tomp has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of a picture book, Red White, and Blue Good-bye and a young adult novel to be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2015. Sarah teaches creative writing for UCSD Extension. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and co-authors the “Writing on the Sidewalk” blog. sarahtomp.com (Keeline)