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 reiteratively
✨Avoiding making your writing “fussy”
✨ Specificity unlocking connection and reducing preachiness
I am so grateful for this time with you, Liz! Thank you for your voice, your stories and the love you generate in our world.
For quick reference, here are the mentor texts mentioned in our talk:
7 ATE 9: THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY by @taralaser and illustrated by @brightworkpress
Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
BOB, NOT BOB by @lizgardensalad and @audrey_vernick, illustrated by @cordell_matthew
BABY BEAR SEES BLUE by Ashley Wulff
SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by @mr.adamrex, illustrated by @theartoffun
A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR by @pacylin