August 2021

Craft Talk with Hena Khan: Rhyming in Picture Books

Well, consider me schooled. What a masterclass on the ins and outs of rhyming in picture books! Thank you Hena Khan for helping us think through reasons to (…and NOT to) rhyme in our stories. If you ever have wondered why agents and editors so often discourage submitting stories in rhyme, this talk has your… Read more »

Craft Talk with Liz Garton Scanlon: Layers

What a burst of light from the remarkable Liz Garton Scanlon! Liz walked us through the magic of writing character-centered, story-rich picture books that carry layers of structure and theme. She shares the importance of: ✨ Asking yourself, “What’s this story about? What else is it about?”… 12x in a row ✨ Adding and removing layers… Read more »

8 Days of Mini Picture Book Craft Talks

Originally posted on Instagram on December 8, 2020.   Y’all. I am giddy!!! WHAT? 15-minute discussions centered on picture book writing with beloved authors and creators WHEN? Every day of Hanukkah— dates and times for each discussion included on the following slides WHY? 💙 To share joy at the end of this cluster of a… Read more »