Events

Presentations

During February, Susie Wilde will collaborate with two marvelous presenters to examine books of color.

Diversity Discussions: Conversations About 2016 Children’s Books

For years, Dr. Pauletta Bracy led an engaging, intriguing presentation of diversity books. She left big shoes to fill! Children’s book author Kelly Starling Lyons and children’s book critic Susie Wilde are willing to try!  Looking through the lens of diversity, they share their views of recently published children’s books and invite participants to do the same.

Date and time: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm

Fee: Free

More Information: 4209- 100 Lassiter Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27609;

919-828-1588; http://www.quailridgebooks.com

 

Characters of Color Count! How to Use Children’s Literature to Talk About Race and Racism

Date and time: February 23rd, 7 pm

Fee: Free

Location: hosted by Church of Latter Day Saints, 1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, 27514

Classes for Children’s Book Writers

 

Introductory Children’s Book Classes

 

IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART I

Dates and times: Wednesdays, March 1- April 5 From: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

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 the steps that help give your story structure. From creating original characters to developing their motivations, conflicts, and finally resolutions, this class blends hands-on exploration of children’s books with opportunities to share your writing and ideas with fellow students.

Fee: $90

Link to register: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F36000006XcFbEAK

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. There will be 6 classes in this session and this class is limited to six students.

  • When: 7:15-10:00 pm on Mondays, September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 24, 31;  November 14, 21
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $280
  • This class is fully enrolled.
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 8 classes in this session and this class is limited to six students.

  • When: 9:30am to noon on Thursdays, September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 10, 17
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $280
  • Register: This class is currently fully enrolled.
Monthly Critique Group

This critique class is for writers who are still finding their stories and want to working on their craft. There will be 3 classes in the fall session and this class is limited to six students.

  • When: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm, September 20; October 25; November 29
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $35/class
  • Register: email to confirm attendance

 

Professional Development Workshops

Reading Methods To Evaluate Books

Dates and Times:  4:30-8:30pm & Sat. 9am-3pm, Mar. 3 & 4

How do you decide which books will work best in your classroom? Which books should you recommend to your students? How can you tell when a book is a bad book?  How do you help children evaluate books?  These and other questions will frame a professional development workshop that allows teachers time to explore new books, examine their content and worth, and discuss which ones matter. Lots of hands-on and discussion design this workshop.  This 10 hour class will earn teachers 1 CEU credit.

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

Registration:https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F36000006XcEHEA0

How do you decide which books will work best in your classroom? Which books should you recommend to your students? How can you tell when a book is a bad book?  How do you help children evaluate books?  These and other questions will frame a professional development workshop that allows teachers time to explore new books, examine their content and worth, and discuss which ones matter. Lots of hands-on and discussion design this workshop.

  • Obtain map to artist’s studio and a materials list online or at The ArtsCenter front desk, prior to first class.
  • This 10 hour CEU class will earn teachers 1 credit hour.

Fee: $90

Link to register: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F36000006XcEHEA0