Events

2021 Annual Wilde Awards (Virtual)

During twenty-five years of reviewing, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer and other Triangle and national sources,  Susie Wilde, has examined thousands of titles. Join her for final evening of virtual reviewing as she reveals the year’s best titles for Babies’ to YA’s.  What title calms a baby? What book best explains a difficult topic? What was the most engaging novel for young readers in 2021? Which nonfictions are guaranteed to capture children’s wonder?

  • When: Thursday evenings, November 18,  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Virtual
  • Who: Anyone who loves children, books and children’s books
  • How Much: free
  • Link: TBA
  • SponsorFlyleaf Books 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; 919-942-7373www.flyleafbooks.com.

Fall 2021 Writing Classes

 

Imagine a Children’s Book: Part 1 (Virtual)–Cancelled. I plan to teach in the new year!

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.

  • When:  Wednesdays,September 15, 22, 29, October 13, 20 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Virtual
  • Who: Anyone who has always wanted to write a childen’s book
  • How Much: $112
  • Link: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F1Q00000hBKQQUA4
  • Sponsor:  The ArtsCenter
 Imagine a Children’s Book: Part 2 (Virtual)-cancelled. I plan to teach in the new year!

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 hands-on 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.

  • When:  Wednesdays; November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8; 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Virtual
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers who have taken Part 1, or had instructor approval
  • How Much: $112
  • Link: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F1Q00000hBKQfUAO
  • Sponsor:  The ArtsCenter

 

Fall 2021 Critique Groups

 Advance Critique Group-Cancelled, to resume 1/2022 

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 for Fall 2021 Session :  September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30
  • Where: Virtual
  • Who: Advanced Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $400/session of 10 classes
  • Class limited to 6 writers
 Intermediate Critique Group 

This critique class is for dedicated writers who have work-in-progress. There will be 10 classes in this session and this class is limited to six students.

    • When: Wednesday mornings, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm
      • Fall 2021 Session : Sept 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1
    • Where: Virtual
    • Who: Intermediate Children’s Book Writers
    • How Much: $400/session of 10 classes
    • Class limited to 6 writers