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Writing Classes

Introductory Children’s Book 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 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 yourwriting and ideas with fellow students.

  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • WhenWednesdays, May 30-July 11 (no class July 4th); 7:00-9:30
  • How Much: $150
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those more experience
  • Registration: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000Jiu0PEAR
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 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.

Susie Wilde – $125 – Wednesday, 7-9:30pm, Jul. 18 – Aug. 15

  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • WhenWednesdays, July 18- August 15; 7:00- 9:30pm
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those more experienced

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: 7:15-10:00 pm on Tuesdays
  • Dates: May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $40/class or $210 all six sessions
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.  Because there is availability, you may “drop in” to classes this session!

  • When: 9:30am – 1:00 pm on Thursdays
  • Dates: May 17, 24, 31; June 7, 21, July 5
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much:  $40/class or $210 all six sessions
Monthly Critique Groups 

These critique classes are for writers who are still finding their stories and want to working on their craft. There will be 2 classes in the spring session and the classes are limited to six students.

  • When: Mondays–next class scheduled: June 4
    • Daytime Classes 9:30 am -12:00pm
    • Evening Classes 7:15 pm -10:00 pm
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $ 40/session
  • Register: email to confirm attendance
  •  Limit: 6 students

Professional Development Workshops

Reading Methods to Further Student’s Emotional Literacy

The workshop begins as participants open boxes of newly published children’s books. Participants will examine and explore these books to discover how they aid students’ emotional literacy. We will seek books that emphasize qualities such as honesty, caring, and more. This workshop allows teachers time to explore new books, examine their content and worth, and discuss which ones matter.

Susie Wilde – $120 – Wednesday & Thursday, 9am-2pm, Jun. 13 & 14

Dates and Times:  June 13 & 14, 9am-2pm

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

Fee: $120

Registration Link: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000JiuaREAR