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Writing Classes

IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART I

For years you’ve dreamed of writing a children’s book. You may even have a vague story idea. But how do you turn that into a workable plot? Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, unites 30 years of writing and reviewing experience to teach you steps that help give your story structure. From creating original characters to developing their motivations, conflicts, and finally resolutions, this class blends an exploration of children’s books with opportunities to share yourwriting and ideas with fellow students.

  • Where: Susie’s home
  • When: Wednesday nights,7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Dates: April 10-May 8 (no class April 24)
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those with more experience
  • Registration: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1Q00000Oxgp7UAB

IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART II

How do you get your children’s book down on paper? What makes for a book that sparkles with style? Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, unites 30 years of writing and reviewing experience to show you how to make a story sing. Wilde focuses on fiction elements needed to craft a strong story: images, dialogue, and vivid verbs.  The class blends exploration of children’s books with writing exercises and opportunities to share your work. To take this class you must have completed Part 1, or have teacher approval.

  • Where: Susie Wilde’s home
  • When: Wednesday nights,7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Dates: May 15-June 12 (no class June 5)
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those with more experience
  • Registration: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1Q00000OxgpCUAR
IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART I–Virtual

If all goes well in my first virtual adventure, I plan on offering these introductory classes on-line. Stay tuned for details

For years you’ve dreamed of writing a children’s book. You may even have a vague story idea. But how do you turn that into a workable plot? Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, unites 30 years of writing and reviewing experience to teach you steps that help give your story structure. From creating original characters to developing their motivations, conflicts, and finally resolutions, this class blends an exploration of children’s books with opportunities to share yourwriting and ideas with fellow students.

  • Where: in the ethers
  • When: TBA
  • Dates: TBA
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those with more experience
  • Registration: if interested contact Susie through this website
IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART II-Virtual

How do you get your children’s book down on paper? What makes for a book that sparkles with style? Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, unites 30 years of writing and reviewing experience to show you how to make a story sing. Wilde focuses on fiction elements needed to craft a strong story: images, dialogue, and vivid verbs.  The class blends exploration of children’s books with writing exercises and opportunities to share your work. To take this class you must have completed Part 1, or have teacher approval.

  • Where: in the ethers
  • When: TBA
  • Dates: TBA
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those with more experience
  • Registration: if interested contact Susie through this website

Critique Groups

Weekly Tuesday Night Critique Group

This critique class is for dedicated writers who have work-in-progress. Bring copies of your manuscript for each of your colleagues; be prepared to share work every week.

  • When: Tuesday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Dates Session 1: January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26 (snow days: March 5 & 12)
  • Dates Session 2: March 26, April 2, 9,16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $320/each session of 8 classes
  • Class limited to 5 writers
Weekly Thursday Morning Critique Group

This critique class is for dedicated writers who have work-in-progress. Bring copies of your manuscript for each of your colleagues; be prepared to share work every week.There will be 6 classes in this session and this class is limited to six students.

  • When: 9:30-1:00 pm on Thursdays
  • Dates Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 14, 21, 28 (snow days March 7 & 14)
  • Dates Session 2: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9,16, 23
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much:  $320/each session of 8 classes
  • Class limited to 6 writers
Monthly Critique Groups 

These critique classes are for writers who are still finding their stories and want to working on their craft. The classes are limited to six students.

  • When: Mondays–January 7, February 11, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3
    • Daytime Classes 9:30 am -12:00pm
    • Evening Classes 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $ 240/session of six classes or $45/class
  • Register: email to confirm attendance
  •  Limit: 6 students

Professional Development Workshops

Reading Methods Meet Digital Learning with Jennifer Aiton

In the fall, I co-taught a class with Jennifer Aiton and now I will support her in launching her first class.  There will still be books to open and discover, but there will be oodles of virtual and actual fun! Here’s her write-up for the class:

Where is the intersection of books and digital learning? The participants of this class will open books and decide on those we will use to create a collaborative Google Slides presentation.  Susie Wilde will host and offer book expertise while Jennifer Aiton leads us in exploring new techniques to merge books with technology. We will take a deep dive into technology trends and participants will leave class with new strategies to try in their classrooms and libraries. Together the members of this class will produce both book and digital resources. This 10 hour professional development session will earn teachers 1 CEU credit in Reading Methods. Completion of this class is good for one CEU credit. This course takes place at Susie Wilde’s home studio.

Dates & Times: Friday, March 8, 2019, 4:30-8:30 and Saturday, March 10, 2019, 9:00am-3:00 pm

Location: Susie Wilde’s home, 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27

Fee: $112

Registration Link: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1Q00000PAYvrUAH

Think, Wonder, Risk

Barring snow emergency, I will be teaching two sessions of this class for early school teachers at the ASK (Advancing Skills and Knowledge) conference. The description follows below:

Entice your students to think, to wonder, and to take risks. With Susie’s
guidance, you’ll examine easy-to-implement, a classroom-safe activity for
engaging students’ brains in higher-order thinking skills, and for helping
them develop questions that lead to story-element discussions and writing
exercises.

Dates & Times: Saturday, February 23, 2019, my sessions will be at 8:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Location: East Chapel Hill High School

Fee: $75

And more….

York Elementary School Residency