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Picture books provide one of the most exciting and innovative spaces for play in the book world today. Genres collide, stories become graphic novels, and nonfiction dances from the page in lyrical twists and twirls. This concise form, with a close relationship to poetry, needs to carry a strong emotional core, giving satisfaction with minimal words. Picture books can be aimed at young children, even toddlers and infants, but reach older readers as well, especially through nonfiction. While 4-8 is the typical age group associated with this genre, we will look at some examples that target older readers.

Instructor Laura Atkins says, “In this workshop, I will provide an overview of some of the options available within the exciting variety of the picture book form. Nonfiction picture books for older readers are becoming more popular and receiving awards, in part building from the Common Core focus on nonfiction. This can be a more flexible and innovative form than many people realize.

“After this overview, we will shift to looking at the nitty gritty of the picture book format — typical page counts, expectations including trip-off-your-tongue language, repetition, and using the drama of the page turn. There will be a chance to do your own writing play in order to generate picture book ideas and time for Q & A about craft and also publishing trends. This session will be accessible to those who have been reading and writing picture books for years, but also those fresh to the form. Bring your curiosity, your youthful spirit, and be prepared to play.”



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  1. Saturday, September 29, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • I really appreciated the sharing of resources (Laura brought many books and shared other online resources). I found the writing prompts and writing time especially helpful. And I loved the focus on fiction and non-fiction!

    Manisha Hariani
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Laura's had such an inspiring career and is so full of positive energy and passion for what she does. It was great hearing her perspective as both a writer and publisher. I liked that she shared her knowledge with us while making the workshop very interactive and engaging.


    Tracy Ballard-Tal


Saturday, September 29, 2018
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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