Events

 

Presentation

Good Book or Bad Book? An Introductory Workshop for Children’s Book Writers

Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, reads thousands of books a year.  What makes the books she reads worthy of review? Why do books fail? Participants are invited to to join her in examining picture books and determining what makes good children’s book writing succeed.

  • Where: Barnes and Noble,  5400 New Hope Commons, Durham, NC 27707
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 12:00-1:15
  • How Much: Free
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers and children’s book lovers!

 

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, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 (snow day April 4)
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those more experience

There will be two sections of this class.

  • Times for morning session (Section A) 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Link to register for morning Session A:  https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000EyHDyEAN
  • Times for evening session (Section B) – 7:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m. Link to register for evening: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000EyHEIEA3
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.

  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • WhenWednesdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those more experienced

There will be two sections of this class.

  • Times for morning session (Section A) 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Link to register for morning Session A:  https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000EyHFGEA3
  • Times for evening session (Section B) – 7:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m. https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000EyHGTEA3

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 two sessions of 8 classes each. The first begins January 9th and the second session will begin March 20.

  • When: 7:15-10:00 pm on Tuesdays
  • Session I: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27 (snow dates March 6, 13)
  • Session II: March 20, 27 and April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 & 8
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $320/session
  • Space for one student
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 8 classes in this session and this class is limited to six students.  There will be two 8-week sessions. The first begins January 11 and the second session will begin on March 22.

  • When: 9:30am – 1:00 pm on Thursdays
  • Session I: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1 (snow day March 8, 15)
  • Session II: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $320/session
  • Register: This class is currently fully enrolled.
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  January 8; February 5; March 5; April 9 (snow day-may 7)
    • 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: $45/ single class; $160/session
  • Register: email to confirm attendance
  •  Limit: 6 students

Professional Development Workshops

Reading Methods to Examine Diversity in Children’s Books

This examination of diversity begins with a snapshot of currently published picture books that participants will use as focus for discussions about representation of characters of color. Analysis will include examining books for stereotyping, normalizing, and positive representations, etc. Together we will produce a collaborative resource of the most useful books.

Dates and Times:  Friday, 4:30-8:30pm & Sat. 9am-3pm, February 2& 3

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

Fee: $120

Registration Link: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S36000003DaCIEA0